Music to the Rescue, Again

I just want to say for the hundredth time that I am so very thankful for music. The right song at the right time……aahh….instant relief, or pick up, or energizing, or whatever it is that I need.

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.” ― Martin Luther

“I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.” ― Ludwig Van Beethoven

It was a hard morning. Enough said. But as I drove in the car, I put on a favorite CD, cranked it up, and voila! After two minutes, I was singing, tapping the steering wheel, squiggle dancing in my seat. And what was that on my face? A smile. Truly miraculous.

Here are two musical selections for you pick from this morning if you need a pick-me-up. First one, if you need to dance. Second one, if you need to chill. Both great. Or find your own favorite style of music, put it on, and turn it up. Aaahhh….

Early Corrs, 1995, Haste To The Wedding
Nathan Carter, 2013, Caledonia

Blessings, Lisa

The Beauty of Quiet

Valentia Island, Ed Lyons

“A quiet tongue shows a wise head.” – Irish Proverb

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.” – Anne Frank

“Truth hath a quiet breast.” – William Shakespeare

“I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” – Albert Einstein

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”-Isaiah 30:15

Blessings, Lisa

Happy Rainy Day

A rainy day at Clonmacnoise; no crowds, just stillness.

A rainy day at Clonmacnoise; no crowds, just stillness.

“Some people feel the rain; others just get wet.” ~Bob Marley

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

May the blessing of God’s soft rain be on you,
Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul
With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.
May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you,
Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean
Sparkling after in the sunlight.
May the blessing of God’s earth be on you,
And as you walk the roads,
May you always have a kind word
for those you meet.    ~Irish Blessing