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The ABC of genuine happiness – U

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The ABC of Genuine Happiness

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U – Unleash your strength

Strength is not something others can give you but something you have deep within you. It often gets put aside or forgotten because we allow ourselves to become dependent on those around us. Never question whether you have the strength you need to make it through any difficulties because you do! YOU are stronger than you give yourself credit for being and YOU will make it through if you believe that you will. The strength comes from the knowledge that you will be alright. Believe in yourself and the strength to overcome will come with it.

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True strength is keeping everything together when everyone expects you to fall apart.

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You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

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Be strong!


… to be continued ….

Wishing you  an  unique and upbeat day!

 

 

Bad day? – start afresh

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Oh don’t worry … I have calmed down…. but I have to tell you this:

After a long hard working week we have lost everything which was on our computers including all the emails. We are …. no my son is working hard to get things back to normal. After the first shock I realised that I did put some stuff on disks and some on a USB stick, so I do have my favourite things. 🙂 My smile is back. Well technology is not so great sometimes after all.  And yes we are going to change how we work…… and will get things up to a cloud….. yay…. and it won’t be a rainy cloud…… it will the happy smiley one you see every day when you look up in the sky!

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So I say we lost all our past emails and everything what we had ever saved…. but now is the time to start afresh…..

I have got all my wonderful friends, enough food for dinner tonight, and the love people share with me.  My heart does not lose my feelings, my love for you and the gratitude I feel for everything I do have. Love is more important than anything material in this world.

Love is always the strongest magic in the world.

Ever had a bad hair day – a day when everything seemed to be going wrong? Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers – take a deep breath and reaffirm that the weight of the world is really not on your soulders unless you choose to assume that burden. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie.

then I realised that….Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.

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Each sunrise brings a new opportunity. No matter how bad the day before was, today is brand new. When you wake up, seek the strength and courage to do the right thing.

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If anyone is having a troublesome day today remember that we learn from it, we get stronger through it and we can start afresh anytime!  Stay strong, keep calm, and think of the love and beautiful things we always have!

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You are loved!

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See you later!

An amazing woman

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This is a story of an extraordinary woman, who depite physical difficulties followed her dream.

Margarete Steiff was born 166 years ago today, 24th July 1847 in Giengen/Germany and died of pneumonia 9th May 1909 in Giengen/Germany

She was a seamstress and founded the Margarete Steiff GMBH 1880 which makes to this day stuffed toy animals.

Margarete was a very lively, well-built child and led a carefree life until she became ill with polio at the early age of 1½. She was destined never to walk and to be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

Her mother, above all, found this very difficult to bear. She would have to care for her daughter for as long as she lived. Her daughter would never be able to take on the role of housewife and mother and, at the time, it seemed as though she had absolutely no prospects for the future.
The apparently helpless Margarete had other ideas, however, and was full of the joys of life. She radiated a positive aura and her convivial, cheerful nature made her very popular.

She spent her free time playing with the other children whenever possible. Margarete was a creative inventor of new games. She was always having new ideas and organized the games in such a way that she could take part.

In doing this, one of her natural gifts became evident, one that was to help her a great deal in the years to come: Margarete had a way of telling people what had to be done in a manner that made them want to do it.
Following an unsuccessful operatin on her legs, she went to a health resort. After that Margarete had a lot of catching up to do in school. Being a cheerful and ambitious person, she soon brought herself up to the required level.

The next thing that Margarete wanted to do was to attend a sewing school. Her father objected to this initially, wishing to prevent her from being disappointed if she was unsuccessful. She asserted herself, though, and showed her parents once again that they had underestimated her. Although she took much longer to get work doneand frequently had to ask her sisters to help her, she became a perfect seamstress after a few years. Margarete was always trying to overcome her limitations.

When she was around 17 years old, Margarete realized that she was never going to be healed. She knew that she was going to have to come to terms with her illness in order to find peace of mind and her real way in life. Margarete’s father, Friedrich Steiff modified his house in 1874 and among other things converted the study on the first floor into a dressmakers workshop.

Margarete was unable to turn the wheel of her sewing machine with her right hand, so the machine was turned round: she used her left hand to drive the machine and guided the fabric with her right hand.

She started making stuffed animals as a hobby.

These toys began as elephants, which were originally a design Steiff found in a magazine and originally sold as pincushions  to her friends. However, children began playing with them, and in the years following she went on to design many other successful animal-themed toys for children, such as dogs, cats, and pigs. She designed and made most of the prototypes herself.

Margarete Steiff was just 61 years old when she died on 9th April 1909.

What had originally seemed to be a hopeless life became a shining example of what can be achieved with courage, strength, heart and willpower.

What an inspiration, what a positive and amazing woman!

Nowadays Steiff animals are famous with the yellow “Knopf im Ohr” and the label with the name.

My squirrel "Perry" with his original label

My squirrel “Perry” with his original label

I am lucky to have got some Steiff animals as a child. I still have them here. Now they are rather expensive!

My favourite teddy whom I loved dearly. So much loved that the straw is coming out of his paws. Yes, in those day it was straw! Still cuddly and lovable!

My 52 year old teddy called "Zotti"

My 52 year old teddy called “Zotti”

Deer,dog,elephant,marmot,rabbit, birds

Deer,dog,elephant,marmot,rabbit, birds

My monkey "Yoko"

My monkey “Yoko”

I loved this monkey and chewed on his thumbs, hence they are broken and the straw shows…..  poor monkey!

Goldfish , hen and cat

Goldfish , hen and cat

My wonderful "Perry"

My wonderful “Perry”

My sister's 55 year old teddy called "Petzi" dressed in our old baby clothes.

My sister’s 55 year old teddy called “Petzi” dressed in our old baby clothes.

Finally, my son's Steiff teddy "Ted", much loved and 16 years old.

Finally, my son’s Steiff teddy “Ted”, much loved and 16 years old.

There is a movie from 2005 which is a wonderful life story of her which is well worth watching.

Her biography was taken from her website, see below.

http://www.steiffnews.com/margarete_steiff_biography.htm

http://www.steiffteddybears.co.uk/more-things-steiff/history-of-steiff-bears.php

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There is a time

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There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3,1-8

It is sad but also in a way joyful that the Lord has taken my dad home! He is with HIM and can be whole again. I am grateful for God’s timing as my dad wanted to go.

It has been a hard time and I can say that it did/does make me stronger. You can love someone but you also need to let go.

Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.  – Helen Keller …..so it will be for my dad.

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. – George Elliot

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I know this is not my usual positive smiley post but happy positive people also feel sadness and grief.
I will be a bit quiet for a little while but I will be back to bloggingworld as you, my bloggerfriends  encourage me, make me strong , share love and understanding and give me so much happiness.
Thank you all!