Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Inspiration from Childrens stories

I often get called a child, in the sense that I'm 29 going on 4... I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing. I obviously have the ability to "adult" when needs be, but I firmly believe everyone should keep that child inside them alive, because life is little more magical that way.

Since having Poppy, Paddy and I have been reading to her - pretty much everyday, not only does she love it, but it gives me an excuse to revisit all the books I grew up with and loved as a child. What amazes me is how many books out there have some really beautiful messages, that adults should and need to read themselves because the older we get, the more stress we feel, the more anxiety creeps in, the more we feel down and the more we need that reminder that everything is OK in the world.

So I thought I'd prepare for you, 10 bits of inspiration I have found from Children's stories - that I think, fit perfectly for us big kids out there.

1. The Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss 
"Be who you are,
and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter,
and those that matter don't mind".

2. Where the wild things are, Maurice Sendak
"Inside all of us is hope.
Inside all of us is fear.
Inside all of us is adventure.
Inside all of us s... a wild thing".

3. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
"You must never feel badly about making mistakes...
as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you
learn more by being wrong for the right reasons, than you do
by being right for the wrong reasons".

4. The Adventure of Winnie the Pooh, A.A Milne
"What day is it?", asked Winnie the Pooh.
"It's today", squeaked Piglet.
"My favourite day", Said Pooh.

5. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
"You're mad, bonkers, completely off you're head.
But I'll tell you a secret, all the best people are..."

6. Peter Pan, J.M.Barrie
"The moment you you doubt whether you can fly, you cease
forever to be able to do it".

7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K.Rowling
" Happiness can be found even in the darkest off times, if one
only remember to turn on the light".

8. Happy Birthday to you, Dr Seuss
"Today you are who you are,
that is truer than true.
There is no one alive,
who is Youer the You!"

9. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Grimm Brothers
"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends".

10. The Lorax, Dr Seuss.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better,
it's not".

This last quote, I wanted to put in for a certain reason. The other night I watched "Before the Flood". You may have seen or heard about it recently, but basically it is a documentary created by Leonardo DiCaprio about climate change. It's pretty scary stuff, I'll be honest, and it's hard to watch and not feel not only disappointed in mankind, but a bit useless about what you can actually do to make a change. The first step really, is to open your eyes to what is happening and this can easily be achieved by simply watching this film. I am a true lover of the planet and believe so much that we really need to give back and restore what was given to us, because so far we haven't done the best job. I can't imagine a world where my children and their children don't know what ice is, or what a polar bear is or are afraid that the world itself will be no more. Every single one of us is important and we all have a voice which we need to use, so that people in a higher position will listen to us. We do not work for the Government, they work for us and it's time we start telling them what needs to happen from here. Sorry to be all ranty, but I am really passionate about this, and I think if even one more person watches this film and feels strongly enough to make a change, then I have done my job.

So here is the film, watch, think about it and please pass it on!

I hope you all got a little bit of inspiration from this post. There are so many more I could have added, so maybe I'll do another one of these posts soon. You can never have enough inspiring words in your life.

If you enjoyed this, or have any of your own to share, or even want to chat about "Before the Flood", find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facey and I'd love to chat!

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