Life is about laughing and living in good and bad times.
Getting through whatever comes our way and looking back with a smile.
Find something to be grateful for every day,
no matter how small it seems.
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.
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!
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.
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!
See you later!
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.
Nowadays Steiff animals are famous with the yellow “Knopf im Ohr” and the label with the name.
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!
I loved this monkey and chewed on his thumbs, hence they are broken and the straw shows….. poor monkey!
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.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
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.