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Attitude & Altitude

Can a conversation with a taxi driver alter your life’s journey?


Recently I was very privileged to have a conversation with what I can only describe as an amazing human “being” – a taxi driver.  He told me he was 80 and when asked why he wasn’t retired and taking life easy, he said his wife had died recently and he had nobody to talk to at home.  I though how sad and lonely that must be but he proceed to tell me that he took up taxi driving because he enjoyed chatting to customers.

He told me he had come through throat cancer, a heart attack, a stroke and recently had his knee replaced.  His friend introduced him to music and as a result he has been going to college, learning music for the last 3 years.  I told him he was amazing and asked what was his secret?  He replied “two things, attitude and altitude”.  I asked what he meant and was blown away when he said “It’s all down to how I look at things, my “attitude” and my love of sky diving or “altitude”.  His last sky dive was in February of this year!  He also uses Facebook!  Hands up anybody who would like to be this adventurous, tech savvy and active at 80 plus!

So can we broaden our horizons of understanding of life by studying our taxi driver?    How many widows or widowers are home alone and lonely?  How difficult must life be when a life-partner dies and leaves you all alone?  How many days might you go without talking to another adult?  What determination and resilience must it take to face up to this new stage of life?  If our mental and physical health allow, we can seek out social interaction and new challenges.  However, if our physical health restricts our movement, life’s horizons becomes limited.  Likewise if anxiety or depression are present, it might accelerate loneliness by resisting social interaction and increasing isolation.  Can we be proactive like this taxi driver?  How can we continue “being” when life as we knew it is no more?  Our taxi driver resisted isolation, he sought out social interaction – human company through his taxi business.  He engaged in new learning.  He maintained a positive attitude and took on new challenges in life and online.  And what can we do?  We can begin by questioning our attitude to life.  Are we on a roundabout, just going round and round?  In other words are we living without questioning our thoughts and behaviours?  Are we caught in ground-hog day, denying ourselves the opportunity to grow, to learn from our experiences.  We can take time out to consider ourselves, our family and our neighbours.  Let’s keep an eye out in our family and neighbourhood for somebody who might be a lonely and give a gentle check-in to ascertain how they’re coping.  Or how about visiting a local Nursing or Retirement Home. Maybe our visit could brighten somebody’s day and we might even be takenaback by how positive that makes us feel!

I wish you a day filled with happiness in your own company or in the company of others!



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Disconnect…reconnect Sunday!

Recently I decided to have a technology free day…well, I tried to… disconnect.

I stayed technology free up to 6pm and then my resolve dissolved!!

I’m going to try and disconnect again and I would like to invite you to join me. By taking time away from technology, I would like to create… Disconnect-Reconnect Sunday

I would like to remove the noise. Remove the distractions…

creating space to connect; with self, with family, with now, with presence, with real-time, with creativity, with nature.

The beautiful Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare, Co.Limerick, Ireland. A perfect place to experience Disconnect-reconnect Sunday.

I would like to be ‘consciousness-unconditioned, formless, eternal.’ (Eckhart Tolle).

Well, are you up to the challenge?  What might the benefit be?

Much love,

Marie xx

Suddenly…takes practice!

via Daily Prompt: Suddenly

“Being aware of your breathing takes attention away from thinking and creates space.  It is one way of generating consciousness.”

Eckhart Tolle…A New Earth.


I love this quote.  It mentions the title of my blog and sums up the purpose of this blog… to create space, to enable growth, to become more aware!

Creating space and generating consciousness are not things that come about easily.

But Suddenly one day you realise your efforts have paid off…you are aware of your breathing, you have created space in your life for what matters and you realise… Suddenly… takes practice!


Much love,

Marie xx

Have we a Sense of Place…or are we displaced?

Something struck me in the past week and I just have to put pen to paper as I consider its implications…It came to mind because Ireland has had a substantial snowfall for the first time in years.  We were alerted to the upcoming ‘Storm Emma’ thanks to the excellent work of Met Eireann and their Status Red weather alert.

People were advised to stay indoors and we found ourselves snowed in for a few days.

On the 1st of March, the first day of the snow, a radio station played Christmas songs all day long and we sang along.  We had a full Christmas dinner – my first Christmas dinner in March!  We sat and talked. We went for a country walk. We played Scrabble. It was lovely… it was bonus family time… or so I thought!

Getting back to normality!


Since then I have spoken to quite a few people and I have been… well, I’ll admit it… shocked with the response I’ve got.

When I asked how they found/got through the snow days the invariable response was “Oh I had cabin fever” or “I couldn’t wait to get back to work” or “I never realised getting out shopping to the supermarket was such a luxury” or “We ran out of things to talk about.”

I started to question myself!  Am I strange in that I enjoyed so much down time?  Am I unusual, being content at home spending time with my family?

Has a psychosocial expectation taken us over? Has it become the norm to have to be busy all the time?  Is it important to be seen to be rushing about and time strapped?  Has consumerism sucked everybody in to the extent that we can’t avoid the shops for more than a day or two?  Have we lost the skills of conversation? Have we lost the ability to be still?  to just ‘be?’

Please feel free to share your opinions with me, help me broaden my perspective!

Much love,

Marie xx



Our daughter is called Emma and I have learned a lot from being a parent to her and her brother.  Likewise the recent Storm ‘Emma’ which saw us trapped; although thankfully forewarned by MET Eireann, in our home for three days has also taught me a lot.  It thought me how time is relative.  It taught me that if I slow down, time slows down.  It taught me how to Savor time…let me try to explain.

How often do you stop when you are cooking and savor the dish you are preparing? If you are anything like me, you probably stop at each stage of the cooking process. You wonder if the dish is good enough. You take time to sample it and you consider the taste. You ask yourself is it tasty enough? You wonder can you enhance its flavour a little more?

Similarly I believe, if we pause at any given moment in our day and apply the same strategy we can sample and really taste the beauty of that moment! Better still we have the power within us, to enhance the beauty of our moment, our lunch time, our day.

Create space in your life and make this moment ‘your’ moment. Pause and sample this moment in time. Let everything else wait…. just breathe… just be… listen to everything and everyone around you. Be still… be aware of yourself; breathing, sensing, existing, thriving in this very moment. Notice time slowing down; pausing with you.

Stay with the moment and watch yourself living in ‘your’ moment, as if you were a kindly friend looking on, observing. Acknowledge with gratefulness your presence in ‘your’ moment. Appreciate your place in the beauty of ‘your’ moment…savor its stillness. Promise to visit and sample ‘your’ moment again soon… it will get easier… now with renewed spirit and a sense of childlike wonder return to the job in hand!

What will you sample today? What moment will you call ‘your’ moment?

I noticed this little egg arrived with two little dots or bumps attached to its shell…to me they looked like ‘eyes’… I paused to Savor the possibilities…

I would love to hear your experience!

Much love,


Reblog…Words of Wisdom…belatedbloomer.

(1)Some relationships do not bring any profits, but they do make your life rich. (2) I do not want to reach such heights, that I may not be able to embrace others. (3)Your footsteps are going to imprint the earth, the news has spread through the garden, all the branches are bowing in reverence, […]

via Words of Wisdom — belatedbloomer

Thank you, belatedbloomer…Some wise words to start a new week!…

What do they speak to you?

Much love,

Marie xx

Life gets messy…

via Daily Prompt: Messy

Life gets messy when you don’t say what you mean and mean what you say!

Learn to say ‘No’ when you want to say ‘No’

Learn to say ‘Yes’ with a generous heart!

Much love,

Marie xx

Ps. When the snow got messy and trapped us in for three days… I had no difficulty saying ‘Yes’ to Emma’s tasty creations!

An Emotional Camera…

Our garden looks so serene covered in a thick blanket of snow; more snow than we have had in years! But it makes me wonder about all that is hidden beneath that blanket; all the life we cannot see!

I’d love to invent an emotional camera that could take a picture and show me how you feel rather than how you look.

I could look beyond the serene face you are presenting to the world and see what you have hidden beneath your blanket.  That way I could really understand how things are for you today!


Much love,

Marie xx

From above…

via Daily Prompt: Above

Everything comes from ‘Above’…

Rules and regulations come from ‘Above’,

Instructions at work come from ‘Above’,

Storm Emma…Red Weather Alert comes from ‘Above’

…and then the snow comes from ‘Above’ and it is ‘Above’ the flowers and the kerbs and the birds!




Much love,

Marie xx

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