As I opened my emails this morning I was reminded it was National Friendship Week. This is nothing unusual, as every day in the week seems to be labelled ‘special’ these days, for some good cause or another. However this struck a chord with me as it included one of my favourite sayings and inspirational verses
“What goes around comes around.” I often say this to myself when I see people acting unkindly or saying nasty things to, or about someone else. Of course it works the other way too, so when you express kindness to others the rewards are returned ten fold. I have often found this to be so in my life.
It was my mother’s favourite saying too, probably for the same reasons. My mother was the kindest person and never spoke ill of anyone, but I smile to myself now, when I recall some of my siblings, as well as my own escapades as children. In her frustration, Mum must have wished the same for us.
I enjoy collections of inspirational verse too. As our family trees are mostly made up of Irish ancestors, I have a few versions of the Irish Blessing. Today’s was:-
“ May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your window pane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
- and the inevitable last line is always the same-May you be in heaven a half hour, before the devil knows you’re dead.”
Another favourite saying of mine is “ Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make it a great one.”
This got me thinking about all the Irish family research I have done in the last year, and it is time I started blogging again and sharing it with my friends and families.