Being Woman, Living life, Reflection

Don’t touch

Imagine you are sitting in a cafe with someone you’ve just met or an acquaintance.  Both of you are chatting, and suddenly this person reaches over, picks up your mobile phone and begins to “explore”. Your phone is locked. Taken aback, you ask ‘why?’ and the person replies ‘new phone? I'm curious how it feels'.… Continue reading Don’t touch

In relationship, Nostalgia, Reflection, The Self

The first language

I cannot remember the first language my father spoke to me in when I was child and in my growing years. This random thought popped into my mind. And what did we speak of? Was it the importance of education and making the ‘right’ choices? The necessity for a ‘good’ career? The difference of genders?… Continue reading The first language

Living life, Reflection, The Self

(Over) thinking?

Is it possible to be an intelligent thinker who delights in the mysteries and beauty of everyday life, and revel in innocent childlike nature? Or are we so filled with knowledge and thoughts of correlations, possibilities, options and consequences such that the wisdom of simplicity is lost? Dictionaries define a thinker as one who thinks… Continue reading (Over) thinking?

Living life, Reflection, The Self

It takes the time that it takes

I had returned to singing after a very very long break. The last time I took singing seriously was in my late teens. The voice lessons were prompted by interest and a desire to see if I still had "it". I found out pretty quick that my "it" was lacklustre, and this was unsurprising. What… Continue reading It takes the time that it takes

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul, The Self

Open palms up

Many many years ago, I came upon a book which spoke of surrendering. This piqued my interest because it was not the ethos of my life. One confronts and overcomes. One takes charge and directs. One chooses to persevere and wins. One does not surrender nor allow oneself to be overpowered. This remains the way… Continue reading Open palms up

Inspire, Music, Reflection, Rejuvenate

Soothing tracks

Been listening to these - I find them (melody and lyrics) oddly (?) soothing. 🙂 Enjoy! https://youtu.be/VdeK_VsG9U0 Lee Hi, HOLO I'm too precious to sit around and worry, look within your heart, it's okay to be yourself, it will stop. https://youtu.be/5iSlfF8TQ9k Lee Hi, Breathe It's alright if you run out breath, no one will blame… Continue reading Soothing tracks

Living life, Nostalgia, Reflection

Daylight hours

That Sunday I woke up “naturally” at the crack of dawn somewhat annoyed that I was unable to sleep longer. I decided to laze around with a book before I “surfaced” for an appointment. I then ran some errands at a leisurely pace and the daylight hours passed uneventfully. That evening I was astonished to… Continue reading Daylight hours

Being Woman, Living life, Reflection, The Self

Defying age or custom?

I take delight in colouring my hair. This may be routine for some, nothing note-worthy for others. But I am wondering why it is delightful for me and the deeper meaning it holds. In my mindful moments, such as the three or more hours I sat at the hair salon while the hair-colourist and stylist… Continue reading Defying age or custom?

Being alive, Pain, Poetry, Reflection

The Gleam by David Whyte

For you who needed to hear this, read it out loud. Sometimes, in the midst of every difficult and everyday awkward way you try to make your onward day, sometimes sitting down at the edge of everything that has made you too tired to take another step there's that caught sight, now here, now gone… Continue reading The Gleam by David Whyte

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

What of the seasons?

Summer arrived late in my part of the world. Officially 1 Dec, yet the months of December and January were cold and wet. February has turned out not much better. The summer heat and glorious sunshine made infrequent guest appearances. I observed and listened as people of spoke of the unpleasant summer, their lost summer… Continue reading What of the seasons?

Living life, Reflection

Challenge on delight

A week into the new year, and I encounter the first "challenge" to my intention. In the first post for 2022, I mentioned my word of the year is Delight and my intention to delight in my world. Then I contracted COVID-19. How do I find delight in this situation? Am I weird to even… Continue reading Challenge on delight

Living life, Reflection, The Self

Taking delight in Holland

A new year, a new perspective, an appreciation for the present. The past in done, the future is what you construct in the present.  This poem/story by Emily Perl Kingsley comes from her expectations which were vastly different than the reality which she found herself - parenting a child with a disability. It speaks of… Continue reading Taking delight in Holland

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul

What remains…

unchanging... a word I haven't contemplated much there's been lots of changes - the whats, whys, wheres, whens - and the hows of getting by, managing, overcoming there was reluctant acceptance (an oxymoron perhaps) and embracing appearances of what had been unknowns and unexpected there were disappearances - some necessary, some beyond our control -… Continue reading What remains…

In relationship, Reflection, The Self

AWOL

I've been AWOL for a month. And feeling a little guilty for neglecting my blog. It's not that I have run out of things to say after blogging for 7 years. It's because I have spoken so much in my other life in recent times, that the thought of expressing more is not inviting. I… Continue reading AWOL

Living life, Reflection, The Self

Life of your choosing

A few good friends, occasional entertainment, some good books for company... What do you actually want (other than basic food, shelter and safety)? NSW emerges from pandemic lockdown. The sighs of relief can be 'heard' and most certainly felt, and hope for return to a seemingly unfettered life, or at least a life of our… Continue reading Life of your choosing

Being alive, Pain, Poetry

If then

If little excites your spirit If none shows your eyes beauty If no one touches your heart If nothing brings your soul peace If nought bridges the void If all is meaningless What then...? From where will you come? ~ FlorenceT © 2021 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over… Continue reading If then