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

Inspire, Music, Reflection

Kpop…oh, wait!

This is a weekend for KPop, because I feel like it. Ever wonder what KPop genre is - is it popular songs sung by or created by South Koreans? Does collaboration count? How does that apply to American Pop, or UK Pop, or...? I love the collaborations proliferating across the music world, trans-border, across different… Continue reading Kpop…oh, wait!

Being alive, Pain, Poetry, Reflection

Silence

She stays silent, her voice soft, untested drowned by clamoring thoughts, She keeps numb, swallowing her desires, never spoken for who would heed? Flashes of light and thunder declares, look at me, but like rain clouds that pass everyday, no one misses her coming and going. She bides her time for one day she could… Continue reading Silence

Contemplate, Music, Reflection, Rejuvenate

We cry, it’s ok

So recommendations on my music streaming service... and beautiful songs to share. "Sometimes we cry in the daytime... sometimes it's dark in the daylight." And "It's okay to be not okay, it's just fine to be out of your mind. Breathe in deep just a day at a time." ~ FlorenceT © 2021 FlorenceT Copyright… Continue reading We cry, it’s ok

Living life, Reflection, The Self

A little slow

And so I find myself a little slow these days. Slow in my movements, slow to transition from one thing to another, slow to start or resume. For one who usually moves briskly, eager to tackle tasks immediately and meeting things head on with vigour, this is potentially a cause for concern. Is it age,… Continue reading A little slow

Living life, Pain, Passion, Poetry, Reflection

Wishing not to have – a poem

I came upon poet, Yun Dong-Ju (1917-1945), while researching another. Born in China, he lived during a turbulent time in Korean history spending his life in China, then Korea and Japan. He died at 27 years old in a Japanese prison. All of his works were published posthumously. This is his poem from "Sky, Wind,… Continue reading Wishing not to have – a poem

Living life, Reflection, Spirit & Soul, The Self

Spark of gladness

She was being served at the checkout by a young woman in her early 20s. Her greasy hair matted to her head, her clothes had seen better days. Her child-like voice did not match her middle-aged appearance, and could be heard in the quiet store despite her obvious attempt to whisper. Three people stood in… Continue reading Spark of gladness