Everything that is not given is lost

Karen Salmansohn bottle posterThe line ‘Everything that is not given is lost’, it makes you think, doesn’t it? I saw this quote on Karen Salmansohn’s Facebook page with a link to her blog post. She created the piece of art shown above after finding a book clipping she had previously sent to her dad, you can read her full post here.

These words stuck with me and I’ve been mulling them over while getting on with work this morning.

If you don’t speak up those words are never heard. Whether it’s to say thank you, give positive feedback, tell someone you love them, or plenty of other examples, if you don’t give those words they’re lost, the recipient never receives them.

Likewise, if you don’t act on an idea you’ve had, if you don’t try something new, if you don’t share whatever you have to give with your family, friends, work, the world in general, it’s lost. That potential, that benefit to society won’t see the light of day and the planet will be the poorer for it.

What is there that you haven’t given yet? Is there something you really want to do or say, that you’ve kept inside?

Perhaps it’s because my chosen word for 2015 is ‘share’ that this line has wedged itself into my brain. But it certainly makes you think, doesn’t it?



Happiness is… vol. 13

Welcome to Monday! How was last week? Mine had its trying moments but it also had some pretty good moments too…

Happiness-is-13:: I thought it was time to change the message banner in the studio and Emma suggested we use words from a customer’s feedback, so we did!
:: the sun was looking especially pretty over the building my studio lives in so I snapped a pic on the walk in
:: I spent a satisfying hour photographing new notebooks that just arrived in the studio
:: we spent Saturday evening laughing with a lovely bunch of friends
:: and I spent more than two hours on Sunday afternoon gassing on the phone to a wonderful pal of mine! You know they’re a good mate when you can talk for hours without realising it

So what was the good in your week? I’d love you to share what’s made you happy this week with a comment below, or a blog post or on instagram, twitter or facebook – just be sure to link me up!



Happiness is… vol. 12

Morning! 2015 seems to be ripping along, we’re almost in mid-Jan! My Happiness is… posts got a bit lost in the Christmas/New Year mayhem but they’re back now, and what a lovely week I’ve just had…

Happiness-is-12:: watching the English National Ballet perform Swan Lake was awe-inspiring, the strength and talent was incredible
:: being featured in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph made me super smiley but even more so because of all the lovely comments and messages I received from family, friends and plenty of people I’ve never met!
:: I started a short beginners’ yoga course, just one hour made me realise how much I enjoyed it and how much I need it
:: reading all the entries for the first Happy Post Day giveaway of the year made me beam – loved that you were so keen to win a treat for someone else rather than yourself
:: a celebratory birthday (not mine) lunch with two siblings and one nephew was even more enjoyable with a surprise appearance by another brother, nephew and niece!

What were the highlights of your week? What made you smile? Sometimes it’s the teeniest things that make us happy but they’re just as valuable as the big things. I’d love you to share what’s made you happy this week with a comment below, or a blog post or on instagram, twitter or facebook – just be sure to link me up!

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