I started this blog a few Sundays ago, but didn’t post but shall do today .., with a few more thoughts to add 😄!
This week has been amazing. I travelled, met people, hugged my loved ones. I read books on positive thinking, what you think is what you get, dream big, and more. I believe very much that this happens. I have seen my thoughts manifest for good, and not so good. My life’s desires are built on my thoughts and deeds.
I have (well who knows, but let’s just put it out there) at least another 15 or more years on this planet Earth. It’s important to have a great mindset to continue my journey. And this week a number of my thoughts have come to be. I love life. I love the people in my life. I love learning. I love the people who assist my learning. I love the words put my way from which I learn.
Thoughts put into Words, then Actions are powerful. Meaningful. Uplifting. Just glorious.
Só, tô continue with my last Sunday’s blog …
Can’t beat the energy you get from meeting face-to-face. This evening we met a young Mum and her three beautiful daughters. We were their landlords for nine years. We built up a great relationship with them. This evening they hosted us in their new home. They’ve been there for six years and because of the pandemic we’ve not seen them for many of those years. What a spread they presented to us. Very tasty and so much variety.
How lovely to meet them face-to-face and see how these beautiful, striking young people have turned out. Their Mum can be proud of her daughters, the girls she brought up on her own. The youngest was but three-years old when they moved into our rented property. She is now a confident, well-spoken 19-year old; her sisters are 21 and 20 and both at university, one studying medicine, the other midwifery. The loving and close connection between the three is wonderful to see. I’ve missed the warmth of their hugs.
I remember when we put the property out to rent, we didn’t envisage a single Mum taking it on. But when we met her, her questions showed us that she had her children’s best interests at heart. She was looking for a home for them. We were often told that the house would be wrecked when rented. That with children we’d need to do much work when they moved out. We told them to treat the house as their own home. And so they did. They called us “Mr and Mrs L”. They contacted us whenever they wanted to do something, such as decorate, or change the garden. The house was beautifully kept. Tastefully decorated. Loved. My hubby had put a lot of work into renovating it in the first place to a decent standard, so we were pleased to see that it was maintained.
When this caring family left the property – the girls cried. I gave them each a gift. When we visited them on Sunday – they told me they still love and wear the pyjamas I bought them! They told us that they have fond memories of growing up in that house. It will always be the home they remember. The girls remind me of my daughter, my nieces. All young women who I’ve watched develop and who make me proud.
Video and social media
In 1-2-1 video chats yes, you can build a rapport, keep relationships with friends and family fresh, feel the energy and vibes because it’s just two people communicating. But when there’s a group, I think it’s more difficult to feel that energy that can fill a room. You have to mute when on group videos because of the “feedback” noise. And of course it’s impossible to have different conversations happening in the same video room, which is possible when you’re in a physical room full of people. One good thing is you have to wait for someone to finish speak or you’ll be talking over … not easy when you’re excited to say what you want to say! Yes, you can text-chat privately in a group, but then you lose the overall conversations. Although, having said that, we are adept at ‘double chatting’ on our WhatsApp, Messenger and others, but we’re then not fully immersed in either conversation. And sometimes we send the wrong message to the wrong person. Haven’t we all done that at sometime? It can be embarrassing or a laugh!
Now I love technology and years ago often used Skype for personal and business communication before the popular #WhatsApp, #Messenger, #Teams, Zoom added sophistication.
Video conferences are here to stay, that’s for sure. They make sense as it’s more cost effective and eco-friendly, especially for business. Skype has come a long way from it’s early offering, with Microsoft as it’s parent company, I guess it was expected. I can see the difference in Teams on the Office suite. Teams, in my humble opinion, is now almost as effective as Zoom. But hats off to WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram and the like for integrating the video facility easily into their apps for social interaction.
I had some work-related face-to-face meetings over the last few weeks and realised just how much I’ve missed them. Although I can be a loner, the positive interaction and vibes from each person in a group helps to create buzz and stimulate and propel ideas. There’s also the easy flow of conversation with laughs and being able to see and feel body language.
Creative, hobbies, wellness
Last week I met a work frend of some 11 years. Over lunch she told me about the online portrait painting course she started. Her first lessons were 1-2-1 with the tutor prior to the lockdown. She asked me to join her then as he’d do private classes with up to three people. Because of work commitments I declined. Her lessons started again but online a few weeks ago. It’s a small class. She showed me her work – absolutely beautiful! She’s meeting new people online with the same interests and finds that the classes are good – but she prefers to keep her video off, and turns it on only when she wants to do so.
We know that anything can take place online, in the virtual world. Online classes and meetings have been around for many years, there’s just more of them now as the lockdown the world over made people look at different ways to continue their work, whether professionals or creatives, well-being, and everything else.
The New Way
Onwards and upwards! May those businesses that have developed during the pandemic continue to grow and prosper – from wellness to food,
There are so many foodie businesses providing full meals, including cream teas. We’ve always had take-aways, but these are different, sophisticated offerings. Today we had a meal that was prepared by a top chef. It was a gift from our daughter. Everything was pre-prepared and delivered in an insulated box. All ingredients were included even salt! I had to cook but it was enjoyable. The organisation that provided this is called Dishpatch. It was a delicious meal. Well worth it. The Customer Service was second to none.
If you’d like a £20 coupon from Dishpatch, let me know. There’s an ‘introduce a friend’ deal and I’d be happy to share.
End of Sunday Thoughts
Sunday Thiughts were a bit longer than I’d intended! Thanks for getting this far. What have been your Sunday Thoughts?
I’ve been listening to Al Jarreau today – he seemed to be on music lists and stations I tuned in to. I think it’s a sign. Hope you enjoy – an iconic performer.
This evening I was sent a link to a painting by artist Dumisani Ndlovu. I’m not able to download a copy so took a screenshot to use as my Feature Image. Lovely. No copyright intended. This is the website.
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Today’s music video is from YouTube. 😊