Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 144


“Real love stories never have endings.” Richard Bach


Following in the vein of this special love filled weekend for my Hubby and I, Spidey found this quote which I absolutely loved!

Isn’t this just so true?

If you have found that love of your life, you don’t want your story written, and just signed off ‘happily ever after’… No! You want to continue growing together, evolving together, and writing more chapters of your life together.

Real love should be a never-ending series of books, not a one off chapter book!

I’m off to continue my 16th Anniversary celebrations!

Have a Serene Sunday Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 142


“By conquering your mind, you can conquer the world.” Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Today Spidey found a quote from the first Guru, teacher, of my religion, Sikhism because yesterday was Guru Nanak Gurpurab, or the day we celebrate what would have been his birthday.

I take a lot of strength from many of his words, as he shows such simple wisdom within them.

The quote above is something I find very true. If you ‘conquer’ your mind, show self belief, only then can you go further in your journey, and ultimately, ‘conquer; the world.

Equally, if you can steer your mind to thoughts of purity, then you are able to see the world in a clearer way, and you can make the changes that are more visible, without the fog of opinions and self doubt.

I’m off to go clear my mind, go, clear yours!


Have a Serene Sunday Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 141


“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” Lucy Larcom

I love this quote, thanks, Spidey!

It is all too easy to point out the things that are wrong with the world, our surroundings, our life, but sometimes, if we step back and think about it there is always something that we could do, big or small, that could make a difference to how we go on to view that same world/surrounding/life.

From learning to say yes/no, to a random act of kindness, a few coins in a charity pot, or knocking on your elderly neighbour’s door to offer your help, it all helps to create a better world, and a better you too!


If your world seems cold and quiet, try and arrange a get together of your friends. Surrounding yourself with people you love and soon, your world will warm up.

When things at work are getting you down, think what it is that is working you up. Is it the work, the volume, the expectations, the pressure? If there is a way you can speak to someone to help lessen the pressure, do it, or try and prioritize your work. Create a schedule so you can keep up with things. Ultimately, if you are unhappy, is it the job itself that isn’t right for you? What can you do to make it better? Are you in a position where you can change careers?

Whatever seems cold, there is a way you can try and warm it up… just look at it from a different perspective and go, kindle those fires!!!!

Have a Serene Sunday Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 140


“Don’t sweat the small stuff… and it’s all small stuff.” – Richard Carlson

Loving the quote this morning Spidey, thank you!

Sometimes in life. we become fixated on the things we are expected to do, or what we need to achieve in order to succeed, when in reality, we look back on those same things and wonder why we were so worried.

I found myself floundering a few weeks ago. I struggled with a lot of what I now realise were little things, that ‘small stuff’ that Carlson mentions. Things really got the better of me.

Then the moment of stress passed… Things started to look brighter without me having had to do as much as I thought, and I felt much better in myself.

It happens all the time. I am a chilled out person most of the time, but I’m also human, and I guess, because I care, I get myself worked up if things don’t appear to be going how I think they should be.

But I am learning, more as I mature, that there is very little that is in our hands. So much of what happens in our life is going to happen whether we like it or not. We can prepare ourselves definitely, and the way we handle situations is our choice, but rarely can we change or stop the ‘big’ things.

So yeah, let’s not sweat the small stuff Peeps! Sweating is really rather unattractive anyway!

Have a Serene Sunday Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 139


“If a person’s basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience.” – The Dalai Lama

Perfect quote Spidey, form a most serene being too!

I am learning more and more that this state of inner peace is what gets me through on certain days.

But I Smile Anyway is my blog name, because I try to see the positivity in everything, and I feel that having a smile on my face allows me to think about everything with a brighter light.

There are days, and these days have been occurring more often in this academic year, due to my chopping and changing classes mid-week every week, and having some really challenging children to teach, that sometimes I close the door at the end of the school day and think I am ready to speak to Hubby Dearest about packing it all in.

Then I sit back, breathe, write it out, or speak to someone, and realise that once I am calm, things aren’t really that bad. There are folk out there who have my back, people who are happy to give support and advice, and that I don’t really want to quit. I was born to do this, and a little thing like an ‘interesting’ group of children will not get the better of me. I just need to think of other ways to deal with the issues that are arising…

So when you are in a fix, or a pickle, if things have got the better of you, give yourself time and find that core of inner peace. rethink your problems, and deal with them with a fresh, calm head.

We can all do this.

Have a Serene Sunday Peeps!

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