Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Appreciating the little things.

While working in the garden today I came across two wonderful finds. Normally one would not look twice at these tiny beautiful flowers as they hide out of sight. That, and they are classified as weeds so why pay them any attention aside from ripping them from the ground. Weed or not, they are stunning in my eyes.

Yellow Oxalis, Sleeping Beauty (Oxalis corniculata)

A fairly common garden weed that ought to be welcome for its ability to cover the ground in interesting reddish leaves and bright yellow trumpet flowers. Spreads rapidly, grows anywhere - I even found a seedling in the crack between a window and its frame! Very difficult to get rid of, with tiny tubers and lots of seeds.

Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys)
The familiar weed you see on grassy verges, with a spike of bright blue flowers with a white eye. A perennial, around 6", with serrated-edged hairy leaves. The flowers don't last, the stems are weak and straggly, and it's best left to the roadsides. Several similar species.

Another flowers worth looking at is the Rose. Often we only observe this plant from afar and praise it's abundance of flowering rose. Seldom we stop and give them a whiff. Let's not forget to do this and take not of the finer beauty.

Close up of an 'Parson's Pink China' or 'Old Blush' flower. Can you smell it...

(Reposted. Originally Posted Monday, July 27, 2009)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Give life a slap!

I have HUGE faith that things will work out. Despite all the obstacles in life - things always work out some way or another. One needs to be patient, have faith, trust in yourself to be able to handle anything the world throws at you. Step up to the challenges of life and slap it across the face for insulting your integrity.

You as a person should demand respect, extrude confidence and seriously grab life by any means able then tell it who you are.

Put your foot down when it counts.

Stand up for yourself when it matters.

Live a little by being true to yourself.

That's right! Stand up right now, give out a bellowing roar at the universe and pat yourself on the back. Trust me, you'll thank yourself later.

(Reposted. Originally Posted Wednesday, July 22, 2009)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


What I've learned from being in any form of leadership position, is that it's not just a fancy title. You take the blame for everything, get the least amount of appreciation, every decision you make is questioned - that's just some of the wonderful things you experience as a leader.

Some people like to be in charge for the glory. If you are one of those people, change your attitude immediately! Others do it because nobody else will. Few have what it takes and even fewer last long enough to make a difference. So perhaps it would be kind of people to sometimes show appreciation for the hard work, dedication and a ton of responsibility that befalls the poor soul in a leadership role.

A genuine leader will do what's best for the whole and not for self. They will sacrifice their own time, energy and resources for progress. These people deserve acknowledgement and support and are the true leaders of the time.

Give thanks, show support or if you are the leader in such a position, give yourself a pat on the back. You don't need praise or recognition to know that you are doing the right thing and working in your best capacity.

(Reposted. Originally Posted Monday, July 6, 2009)