I recently had an opportunity to something that I’ve never done before. I went on live radio. A new friend from the land of twitter, Barbara Scully, has a new show on Dublin South Radio called The Hen House. Every Wednesday afternoon she invites her listeners to put the kettle on, turn the phone off and to hunker down for the next hour with her and her female guest.
When Barbara approached me and asked it I’d be interested I jumped at it. My first reaction was “Yes, that’d be brilliant” however my second was “sure what do I have to talk about for an hour that anyone would be interested in”.
I think my first reaction was possibly not the norm and most would have had my second reaction as their first! Why did I think I had nothing to talk about? I think it was my way of protecting myself against it or giving myself a way out. I admit, it was fleeting but it was still there.
I have lots to talk about and boy can I talk! I am raising a family whilst working in a busy job, running a company and on top of that making time for my twitter addiction! I also have the canny knack of knowing little about a lot. I pick up all sorts of information along the way.
So how did I find it? I loved it! I didn’t want it to end. Barbara is such a good interviewer that I forgot I had a huge furry microphone in front of me and could have easily put a glass of red in it’s place! The chat flowed seamlessly from one area of my life to another and it was over before I knew it.
But what did I learn from my experience. I learnt about about listening. I am a good-ish listener however when I listen I tend to say “yeah, yeah” whilst doing so. When I listened back I realised I did this in the interview and it drove me crazy! I need to let others talk and maybe just nod instead of butting in with a knowing “yeah” every 10seconds! I suppose it’s my way of showing I’m listening and engaged by boy was it annoying to hear!
I also learnt that I really have no fear of public speaking or communicating to the masses. I told a few friends and family I was doing this hour long live show and they were mostly flabbergasted that I was so calm about it. It just doesn’t phase me, which may be something I inherited from my dear old Dad!
Would this freak you out or would you jump at it?
Oh, and here is a link to the interview if you want to listen in whilst making the dinner some day!
This post is not going to be for everyone but the topic is important to me. When I was very young my parents told me about my Guardian Angel. They told me that she is looking over me and taking care of me at all times. I’m not sure if this is something everyone was told but The Angel Gabriel was an important part of my younger years.
Then, all mention of the lovely angels ceased. I’m not sure why? Maybe it was taken over by the teaching of religion in school or that I wasn’t scared of the boogie man anymore and didn’t need the Angles protection?
Years later I was reintroduced to the concept of Angels. I was doing a two year course in Kinesiology. Many of the people on the course were very open to other holistic therapies including Angels.
I loved engaging in their talk of angel readings, the power of Angels and the signs to look out for when the Angels have been nearby. I took great comfort in the belief and possibility that I have an Angel minding me and protecting me.
That first day on the course I bought a pack of Angel Cards. I use my them every now and again but not as often as I’d like; I must start dipping into them more often. A friend keeps hers by her front door and looks at a card every morning. I like this idea but my little people may have other ideas!
I carry an Angel stone around with me most of the time and have an Angle on my key ring. They are a part of my life and those who knows me well will know that if they are ever in trouble or pain I will always offer to send them my Angels.
You see, I fully believe that I am minded by different Angels depending on my needs so if I know someone else needs help I’ll send my Angels to them as a source of comfort.
After my rediscovery on the Kinesiology course I mentioned it at home and how I really do believe in them and their minding powers. I was told not to be ridiculous!
It was at this point that I reminded them that when I was very small, it was my Guardian Angles who kept me safe from harm, according to them!
Do you remember this…
I think family members caring for those who are living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia should have the option to tag their vulnerable loved ones with a GPS tracking devise. I’m not sure how this will be received but it is something I feel should be considered.
I was recently at a house gathering during the day and one of the family members in attendance has Dementia. He went ‘missing’ for a very short time but in that time no one knew where he was. It was deeply distressing for the family and even though he had only popped home across the road the time it took them to locate him was awful. And then followed the ‘what if’s’.
Around eight years ago I was going for a morning run. It was around 7am and I came across a woman standing beside her car crying her heart out. I stopped and asked her what was wrong and could I help. Her father, who had Alzheimer’s had gone missing the night before from Wicklow town. There was a massive search party out for him. I said I’d continue my run and keep a keen eye out for him.
On my way back I really willed and wished and prayed that I’d find him and asked that if I didn’t that someone nice would. The next second he stepped out in front of me and told me he was hungry. I told him there were loads of people looking for him and he said “I know, I did a great job hiding didn’t I. I thought the helicopter saw me for sure but then it flew away”.
If a GPS tracking device was made available to family member of vulnerable loved ones this sort of scenario would never occur.
If I ever show signs of Dementia or Alzheimer’s I absolutely want to be tagged.
I was doing a little desk clean out this morning and came across a list I had printed out last year. I remember I used to have it hanging on my wall but we did a bit of rejigging and I never put it back up.
I thought I’d share what I called my “To Do List” with you… it goes a little something like this..
Smile at everyone you meet
Write down two things you are grateful for today
Do something physical
Drink a lot more water
Do something nice for someone else
Plan something that you will look forward to
Set a new goal and accomplish previous ones
Take 10 minutes to do something you find relaxing
When you become upset or frustrated remember that whatever is bothering you may not matter next year, next month or even tomorrow
Let go and let life in