Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 230

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“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

Groucho Marx

Oh, I loved this quote, Spidey!

This weekend I have been talking reading and books a lot, with my uncle, who came to visit me. This is my mum’s eldest brother. My Mamaji. And he lives in Kenya. I haven’t seen him in 18 years, since my wedding,

He’s a very special man to me. Another dad. And someone who has inspired me to read. Both him and my mother read copiously when I was younger, and though life may not allow them to read as much, even in retirement, they are both like me and would rather have a good book in their hand, than an eye on the goggle box, as my mum always calls it!

My Mamaji treated himself this trip, to an All New Kindle Paperwhite, and he brought it with him, to compare with mine, and to discuss book-related matters.

He’s a non-fiction reader more than fiction, and my memories of him are always of him with his nose in a book or the paper. I remember his bedroom in Kenya distinctly, with piles of books lining walls too!

In fact he was nearly a PhD Graduate in the 60s, but due to personal problelms, he never finished it, and it is a regret he feels keenly. He studied here in London, at Queen Mary’s College and Imperial College, both of which his took my aunt, my Mamiji, to visit last week!

There was a trunk filled with his belongings in my parent’s garage. My mum has kept it safe since it was entrusted to her care in the early 70s and she hasn’t dared open it, or get rid of it.

A couple of weeks ago, Mamaji stationed himself in the garage of Pops and Mum’s house, to rummage through his memories. The trunk was filled with all sorts, including a handmade suit of his, some other hilariously 60s clothes and TONS of books. When I phoned mum that day, she was laughing as she told me how he was like a child in a toyshop, delving into the memories of an extremely precious time for him.

I was in awe of his memory.

Even yesterday, as he mentioned the titles of some of the books, and the authors, some of whom had been his PhD lecturers, his eyes glistened with pure joy. He told mum to give the books away, as he can’t take them back, but he also had a ‘small’ list of ones he would ask her to keep, for memory’s sake.

I know I shall be rummaging around in that trunk before they get given away, to get another insight into Mamaji and his younger life.

Before he left, his parting words to me were, “Send me that book of yours when it’s done.”

Another member of my family who has been such a strong, silent support of my writing dream. He was so proud the day my poetry book came out, and I know I just need to do this, get this book published, not just for me, but for all those dear to me, who have so much faith in my ability.

So… tell me, who is part of your silent support group?

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps  And enjoy your week! ❤ 

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 121

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“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” – Mae West

Today I feel thankful.

Yesterday was a day filled with wonder.

It capped off a week where I have had a few other bits of good news in both my personal life, and work life, so meeting many of my Blogily, as well as winning Best Overall Blog, was the icing on the cake.

Truly, the words of Mae West echo within me. I received a lot of love and good news this week, and it has honestly been wonderful!

Here’s hoping my luck rubs off on all of you, my wonderful Peeps!!!!!!!!

Have a fantastic, serene Sunday!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 102

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“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new,” – Dalai Lama

I love this quote.

I think we are all guilty of rabbitting on, but if we do stop to listen to those around us, we may indeed learn something, whether it just be knowledge or something of personal importance.

In an argument, we can only argue our own point, but sometimes, hard as it may be, if we listen to the other party, we may learn another perspective, showing that we are not always right.

If we listen to the innocent comments of children, we may garner a different perspective to our own jaded, mature one, with regards to many things.

So today Peeps, take the time to listen, as well as talk. It will do you good!

Happy Sunday!

 

 

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 101

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“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations” – Unknown

How often do we find ourselves in a situation where the next big life decision involves a fork in the road.

You need to choose which road to follow.

More often than not, one path will be simple, and the other filled with some sort of obstacles along the way.

Fearing what difficulties we may have to endure, we may opt for the simple route.

The easy way out.
The path of least resistance.
The path where nothing really changes.

But let’s face it, most of us have a dream, are hankering for something special to happen.

Thing is, these dreams, they don’t just come true by you wishing for them. You need to put some graft into achieving them too.

That’s where that difficult path comes into play.

You must always remember that those unfamiliar routes, tough journeys, involve elements which will strengthen you as a person, and prepare you for the chance that your dream may actually come true!

But if you choose the easy way, your dream will still be there… but that is all it’ll ever be.

So go out there Peeps, and think, if some difficulty arises ahead of you, it’s nothing to fear, but from it will only come something that will help you on your way to achieving your dreams.

Happy Sunday Peeps!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 100 – A Centenary Of Sorts!

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“I CAN is 100 times more important than IQ.” – Unknown

Seeing as it’s Spidey’s 100th appearance on the blog, he tried to find something 100 based.

And the above quote is perfect, as it really ties on with my post from Friday about growth mindset. (If you didn’t get a chance to read it, please click here.)

Positive thinking achieves so much more than we realise. You don’t have to be traditionally ‘clever’ to reach heights of success.

If we put our minds to it we can achieve anything.

Believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who believe in you too!

Happy Sunday Peeps!!!

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