Photo is by photographer Dave Hostad from Pixabay

The puffins relaxing makes for a lovely photo and also a lovely reminder on the importance of personal time out each day

On This Day

On January 24th 1984 Apple unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer
On January 24th 2019 temperature records were broken in South Australia including the highest ever recorded for capital Adelaide at 46.6C

Birthday’s Today

Neil Diamond (Singer and Songwriter) is 81
Luis Suarez (Football striker with Ahletico Madrid) is 35

Interesting Quote for Today

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!'” ~Audrey Hepburn

Saint For Today: Frances de Sales: He became noted for his deep faith and for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction. He is the patron saint of writers and journalists

Significane of today Today January 24th is National Compliment Day. The power of a compliment is pretty remarkable: either giving or receiving one can boost your happiness and confidence. It is win win whatever way you look at it!

Did You Know: Apples float on water

My latest video is called ‘There is GREAT strength when we support each other’ (Just copy and paste and it will play. Thanks)

Thought on Monday – January – 24/01/2022

Thought For The Week (Updated each Monday morning)

‘There is nothing so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.’ ~ Saint Francis de Sales

There is great strength when we support each other. On our own we can sometimes struggle and be isolated. But once we allow others to support us, especially with love and kindness, we become incredibly strong. We find great strength when we support each other during difficult and challenging times. This has been the glue that held us all together during the past two years of Covid. We all can now look forward to so much freedom with the lifting of restrictions. (at least in Ireland anyway)

I like to explain this idea with a bundle of sticks especially to young people. If you take one stick it is very easy to break it. But when you put a few of them together and try and break them it is next to impossible. They become super strong and again remind us that there is great strength when we support each other.

So how do we support each other? You can do so by extending love and kindness to someone who needs it. You can pray for them. You can encourage them. You can tell them quite simply that you don’t have all the answers but that you are willing to walk with them during their difficult and challenging time.

This is all that really matters. You are giving someone else strength by simply being there for them. And you also have a choice. Do you remain just like the one stick? Or can you allow others to walk with you and beside you? One stick has now become a few. Again, great strength begins to happen when we support each other.

Next time you are out for a walk in the woods and you come across a few broken sticks under a tree. Pick them up. See how easy it is to break one. Put a few of them together and try and break them. It becomes nearly impossible.

Spiritually, we all need help too. We can’t do it on our own. As we journey through life we need the help of family and friends. A prayer moment might be: Loving God, thank you for being my helping hand and my support when I need it. Amen