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Weekly Serving of Optimism: Quotes & Thoughts (St. Patrick’s Day)

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I celebrate a summer birthday.  Due to the fact I was doomed to always miss the school ritual of bringing in birthday cake and celebrating with my classmates, my parents embraced our Irish heritage and proclaimed St. Patrick’s Day as my day to take in treats.  This yearly activity created many fond memories for this March 17th holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day is now right around the corner.  As an adult, I have attempted to continue creating fun memories regarding this day with my children.  We will soon be making shamrock pictures and creating stories about leprechauns.  I always find warmth, happiness and sometimes humor within common St. Patrick’s Day sayings and blessings.  Here are a few, I found just for you:

“May the Irish hills caress you.

May her lakes and rivers bless you.

May the luck of the Irish enfold you.

May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.”

Morgue File photo

“May you have warm words on a cold evening,

a full moon on a dark night,

and the road downhill all the way to your door.”


Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck. –Unknown


“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.

And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”


“May God give you…

For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile,

For every care a promise and a blessing in each trial.

For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share,

For every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”


“May you be in Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you’re dead!”


This last blessing is one that always brings a smile to my face:

“As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!”

Thank you Kevin Connors for this Morgue File photo

I would love to read your favorite Irish blessing or saying.  Do you know a good Irish toast or joke?  Share those, too.  I can’t wait to read your comments!  As the sign said that used to hang in an old, familiar kitchen, “Éirinn go Brách”.

New Year’s Greeting

It feels good to have my computer up and running again.  I was taking a short break the past few weeks and will be gone again for just a little while.  This short break is allotting time to celebrate our family’s vacation of no school and no work.  This time away has led to extra time of extra baking and lots of playing.

We sang, as our family tradition continues, “Happy Birthday” to baby Jesus before opening our gifts Sunday.  Last week, we sang this song to my oldest as she celebrated her eleventh birthday.  On Christmas, I looked around our tree and was filled with gratitude for the gifts we had received.  It was more than just the monetary value of gifts wrapped with pretty paper and lots of tape.  The value of love uncontained by closing tape was what truly warmed my heart.  I am lucky to realize how rich I really am in so many ways.

Christmas Eve was celebrated with dear friends.  Christmas day brought a chance for us to Skype with my family far away.  All week we have had a table overflowing with baked goods consisting of sugar cookies made from a recipe passed through generations, scotcheroos, peppermint bark covering pretzels and so much more.  We had our family all together.  Most importantly, we had laughter…. lots and lots of happy smiles and laughter.  The old Irish blessing came to my mind:

“In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want.”

                Yesterday was a day of exploring a new museum and watching wonder fill the eyes of all of those in my family.  This weekend we will greet a new year.  We will say goodbye to the old, and recall memories of the highs and lows the past twelve months have offered.  I know how truly lucky I am.  I have had my share of trials, yet within the trials I have had triumphs.  I am excited to welcome in 2012.  I know there will be challenges.  I accept this.  Maybe I even welcome it.  I know that when I am challenged, it is then I fully comprehend the strength I contain within myself.  Tonight I will be having a kid-friendly party with friends I am fortunate enough to have discovered through our military journey.  Rest assured, next week I will be back ready to continue telling my journey of prosopagnosia and epilepsy.  My journey of discovery and optimism.  Until then, I will leave you with a New Year’s wish from American author William Arthur Ward:

“Another fresh new year is here . . .

Another year to live!

To banish worry, doubt, and fear,

To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me

To live each day with zest . . .

To daily grow and try to be

My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity

Once more to right some wrongs,

To pray for peace, to plant a tree,

And sing more joyful songs!”


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