Seeds of Encouragement (ED is in wEDnesday 22 April 2015)


“If we’re going to bring out the best in people, we, too, need to sow seeds of encouragement.”― Joel Osteen

The right word said at the right time can inspire or encourage someone. The perfect words can provide hope or just give someone a boost when their energy is flagging.

For all walks of life, here are a few words of encouragement for the person in your life who can use it. Maybe it’s you.

1. To make the first step toward change, you must begin – To paraphrase the Lao-tzu quote: the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. To finish successfully, you have to get started. There is no time like the present.

2. Let go of the bad and focus on the good – Positive energy and a positive attitude will get you a lot further. Let go of what you can’t change and, instead, look to what you can change. Choose to dwell on things that are going well.

3. “Peace comes from within; don’t seek it without,” Buddha – This wise quote makes great advice. Material possessions, external circumstances, other people’s behavior–nothing will make you happy from the outside. Happiness starts with your own heart and soul.

4. Without the struggle, there is no strength – You can’t build strength without a little heavy lifting. Storms and tribulations will come; but you will out the other side stronger and better than ever.

5. Wake up and chase your dreams – Nothing can hold you back! You are who you want to be and you can do whatever you want to do. Make the decision to take one step toward a goal of yours today.

6. Don’t lose a diamond while chasing glitter – The biggest, brightest opportunities of life sometimes pass us by while we’re busy chasing temporary, less wonderful opportunities. The perfect job or perfect mate may take a little longer to get, but it will be well worth it.

7. Sometimes, you just need to take a deep breath and remind yourself of who you are and where you’re going – Perspective is everything. Let yourself have a break sometimes to remind yourself where you’re at–and where you’re still going.

8. Be fearlessly authentic – Don’t let anyone hold you back. Be yourself–unashamed, unafraid. There’s something beautiful in a person who can be who they are boldly and purely.

9. Happiness is the highest form of health – Add the prescription for happiness to your daily regimen. Whatever makes you happy, find a way to make it fit into your life.

10. Your value doesn’t decrease because someone else fails to see your worth – Your self-worth and value is defined by who you are as a person–your character traits, your wonderful personality, the things you are choosing to contribute to this world. It’s not based on what someone else sees or doesn’t see.

(thanks Alex Blackwell)

Ed is in wED with Tove


Life is so Short … a transcript of our discussion today on AlgoaFM (pod to follow)

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. – Sarah Louise Delany

As I roll into my mid-50s, the urge to cherish every day grows stronger.

The things that once annoyed me now remind me that life is in motion. Over time, the challenges and setbacks give way to victory and contentment.

I’m realizing that even in my most anxious moments, there’s always an opportunity to see the blessings. But I have to choose to open my eyes. Learning to be happy with what I have is another lesson that’s finally soaking in.

It’s also becoming clear that I can’t get to the place where I want to be without letting go of the things that keep me stuck in a place fear and self-doubt.

And where is that place?

It’s a place of peace. It’s a place of knowing who I am and what makes me happy. It’s a place that tells me that life is short, so…

…tell the people you love how much you love them.

…share your heart. There’s no time to leave important words unspoken.

…be kind for no reason.

…eat cookies when you crave them.

…do what scares you. Take a chance – be bold.

…take a nap when you feel tired.

…don’t run from you past – learn from it.

…embrace getting older.

…ask for what you want – believe you are worthy to receive it.

…ignore what others think of you.

…don’t try to be perfect.

…love yourself completely.

…reconnect with old friendships

…seek new friendships.

…experience the world. Travel to the places that are calling you.

…find a job that is aligned with your passion. If you can’t, follow your passion anyway.

…focus on what’s important and let go of what doesn’t.

…if you see a chance, take it!

…give yourself permission to be happy.

…face what scares you.

…leave anger behind.

…laugh as much as you can.

…make peace with yourself.

…by inspired by your faith.

…let go of the people who will never love you back.

…forgive quickly.

…kiss slowly.

…smile at what delights you.

The trouble is you think you have time. – Buddha

Life is a one-time offer …use it well!

(with thanks to Alex at The

Don’t call me … I’ll call you

(C) 2015 Edward C Lunnon

8 years 7 months ill …

Physical: Deuce / Mental: Ed

ED is in wED for just three more weeks. Then, to quote the late Nelson Mandela, “I will be retiring from retirement”!

My weekly talks each Wednesday at 10h30 with Lance du Plessis on AlgoaFM will cease on 29 April, five years and 1 month after our first talk at the end of March 2010. I will have been interviewed 260 times.

The purpose of our initial discussion was to raise awareness about neurological illnesses. I retire in the knowledge that we have achieved that, but only too aware that it is but the first stepping stone in a lengthy pathway littered with many obstacles.

As long as my illness allows me, I will continue to write … And I hope that you and many others will continue to read!

Give to Caesar What is due to Caesar


(C) 2015 Edward C Lunnon

8 years  6  months  ill …

Physical:  Advantage  CBD / Mental: Advantage Ed

I was summonsed to visit SARS at their palace in Chapel Street.

So I diarised yesterday for this visit. The reason for the summons I was told was that they owed me money and wanted to verify my bank details and the fact that I am still alive.

After obtaining all the documents listed (that’s another story!) in the morning, I headed for Chapel Street at 14h00. The queue emerged from the front door, down the street, past the Phoenix Hotel and down Whites road. I thought the Phoenix was having a sale on beers!

Well here’s where being disabled helps. I was shown to the front door and given a chair to sit on. My documents were perused and, oh no, the electricity account was older then three moths. I would have to return tomorow!

So, that.s today! I got up at six am which is somewhat of an ordeal for me.

At seven thirty the Chapel Street queue was already past the Phoenix Hotel.

My disability got me ticket no ten and an invitation into the hallowed Cathedral of the Port Elizabeth branch of the South African receiver of revenue, the tax man!

Once inside it took a few minutes before the automated TV and speaker queueing system burst into action at eight am. Then a few more minutes before no ten was called, a period of thirty minutes whilst the keyboard was tickled, forms scrutinized, leaders were called, signatures appended, moments of deathly agonising silence, and then the final OK Sir, thank you very much!

The rest of the morning was set aside to reconcile my bank statements. It was then that I discovered that the Bank hasn’t sent me statements for four months now!

Oh no! Another phone call to the call centre – my pet hate! But then, I have the manager’s private number, so let’s pull rank again!

In the meantime the Internet will be used to make printouts, but it’s down again. A call to the service provider call centre? You must be joking!

So with what I have, we’ll try our best … Only to find that Discovery have messed up the premiums again, and the insurance premium is also a problem. A phone call to the broker!

In between, I have received some five phone calls from MNET! Add to that yesterday’s frustration with our satellite TV provider, and a call to their call centre is definitely not on the cards.

And a further few calls from the accountants …, a visit from the social worker, a spasmed out leg and the Internet that is on the blink …life’s great! Especially when I have to pay my dues sitting under a large portrait  of No 1 himself.

My three o’clock appointment with the insurance consultant has not arrived!

Will the cabinet be delivered that was scheduled for delivery between three and five? Oh yes, wonders of wonders!

But then, all hell let loose with the travel agent …..

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