The Best Ever Teacher’s End of Term Gift

A young teacher wanted her young students to leave her class knowing all she had taught them – and knowing
how to live a better life.

So she made each one a Happy Bag, with the following in it:

-a compass
– a boomerang
– a heart
– an eraser
– a pencil
– a golden ticket
– a glow band
– a toothbrush

And finally, she attached a note to each bag to explain the gifts….

In your bag, I’ve put lots of little gifts in it. They are reminders that happiness is a choice. The compass is to remind you that you will always find your way home. The boomerang is for kindness – you throw kindness out and it will always come back to you.

The heart is to remind you that you are always loved. The eraser is because it’s okay to make mistakes, and the pencil is so you can write down your worries and then throw them away, and write down your dreams and follow them.

The golden ticket is to remind you to keep reading and dreaming like Charlie Bucket. The glow band is to remind you to shine and lighten up the room you are in. And the toothbrush is not just to remind you to clean your teeth. It’s to remind you to smile, because sometimes your smile might be exactly what someone needs.

This young teacher is wise beyond her years.

She is also my beautiful daughter….


Gifts Wrapped In Love


β€œOne of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.” John O’Donohue

I am grateful for knowing some great friends, who give me perspective and the simple joy of belonging. I am especially grateful for my Anam Cara’s. John O’Donohue is an Irish author who wrote a book of the same name, and defined the Anam Cara as, “a person to whom you could reveal the hidden intimacies of your life. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an Anam Cara, your friendship cut across all convention and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the friend of your soul.”

This too has been my experience – and one of them has just given me one if the most special gifts I’ve ever had. Though I chose her gift with thought and care, as my kids said, “Diane 1, Mum Nil.”

It started with a key ring called “The World According To Caroline” – in itself significant. I’m called Caroline but long ago, my mum shortened it to Carol, and won’t call me anything else. Nor will anyone who knew me prior to 1999, the year I decided to stand up for my life. I love my name, Caroline; it’s who I am now – and Diane knows about this struggle to be me.

The gifts were all wrapped in love and labelled in the order I had to open them. Only after I opened them and then read the details in the keyring did I realise that and she had read the “Links To Your Name,” and had given me one of each. That’s when I sat humbled and started to cry at such an amazing gift of love.

She gave me:

Fragrance: Mint – and I got a healthy dark chocolate mint bar

Plant: Fern – I got a scroll with a fern on it, that said that, “like the fern, we grow and flourish if we unfurl toward light or truth. The more we unfurl, the more the tendrils of our true nature begin to show as we loosen, surrender and soften, releasing and opening as we let go of old stories…”

Flower: Dahlia – I got a paper cup cake holder with dahlia’s on it as a reminder to keep baking (which I last did in 1998)

Tree: Elm. Now Diane could not know that I once lived in a house called ElmValej, but what she did know is that I’ve been learning to nurture myself and avoid overwhelm. She gave me the Bach Flower remedy Elm, which helps me do just that ..

Animal: Reindeer, so I got a Christmas ornament and a decoration for my tree. Yet a deer is also significant as we both attended a storytelling event where we found our power animal – and found exactly the same one. A deer…

Metal: Titanium – she emailed me David Guetta’s Titanium (one of my favourite tracks of 2012)

Hue: Turquoise – I got a beautiful Turquoise crystal

Day of the Month: 22, which happens to be my husband’s birthday, but it was the day she arranged to have my present delivered..

Number 41: it was all organised by Diane, who is 41

And last, but very much by no mean last, Gemstone: Sapphire – and inside a trinket box with angels wings and love on it was a turquoise pendant which had been precious to her mum but which she wanted to pass to me..

Gifts wrapped in love indeed. Wow!

Letting it go & bringing it on

2012 has brought me many lessons already. I know:

– my body does not like sugar any more, as it stings my mouth
– I fear silence much more than I thought
– I want approval – or at least encouragement & validation – even when I know it doesn’t matter
– clearing the space for inner work is vital for my soul’s growth & my journal is as precious to me as gold
– I don’t understand much of what’s happening but I know it’s “all good”
– I am enjoying going more slowly already
– I have lived too long in my head with my Master NLP, Hypnotherapy, Reiki & all the studying & reading I’ve done on happiness, thinking & brain/body links
– its time to re-connect to my body & emotions fully, as without this I have a one dimensional understanding of happiness
– I’ve more discipline than I thought (thanks Richard Bandler)
– Removing the ego is hard. It’s stuck with superglue and sewn under my skin. Like learning compassion, I’m realising this will be a life-long lesson for me
– It hurts, this change, this stepping into the silence that means I truly know myself. And I had forgotten how painful change can be, even when I want it.

And that’s just for starters. As I was thinking about this I realised that what really matters this year is me. I need to love, inspire, nurture & encourage me & then do the same for others. If I walk my path with integrity then this will all come back to me as I attract what I focus on. So it’s all good again.

And then I read Louise Hay’s thought for today which says, “I give to others all the things I wish to receive.” Now that’s a miracle of validation πŸ™‚
That’s all I’m meant to do. It’s time to put aside my fears, it’s time to just relax and be me, and that also means it’s time to let everything else go.

So then; let me let those go of anything that no longer serves my higher good. I have no need to hold on to anyone who do not wish to hear what I say. They are simply marching to the beat of their own drum after all. Let me let those go who see no value in anything I do, knowing their eyes scan what is irrelevant to them and settle on what brings them beauty and meaning. They have walked with me until now, but I must give them freedom to walk their own paths and let them go in love. And wish them joy.

I’m just grateful that I all-ready know that letting go is what creates space for the new and wonderful-to-come. Bring it on!