The Unexpected Traveller has magnanimously bestowed upon me the honour of The Versatile Blogger Award. So, it's down to me to pay it forward to a few worthy bloggers. Here's what I could muster...
I am both flattered and touched to have been nominated for a HUG Award© from the talented Julie Dawn Fox, the inspiration behind the "Personal A-Z" phenomenon and author of one of a number of excellent blogs coming out of Portugal right now. You can find out more about The HUG Award© and it's purpose here, but briefly, it's aim is to keep hope alive in a world filled with difficulty and discord. It recognises and honours those who do what they can to help others regardless of belief, ability, race and gender
Back in Britain, Canada Geese always had that exotic cachet of having flown in from some far-away land. A little part of Canada right there in our midst! It was amusing to discover that your average Canuck doesn't hold them in such high esteem.
Moving to another country with children can be a stressful experience. The tearful confession, “I want to go home,” is the last thing any parent wants to hear. Adults will be going through their own period of adjustment and this, coupled with the logistical matters that lay claim to their time in the early days, can leave them ill-equipped to give their children the help they need to cope with the transition. The good news is that, when properly prepared and supported, children often adjust more quickly than adults.
One in four families are affected by mental illness. Today, I did something to help them. For people living with mental illness, the fear of stigma can have a devastating effect on their ability to live normal, healthy lives. That's why I took the Bring Change 2 Mind pledge to stand up against the stigma of mental illness. Will you join me?
Society has strict ideas about what is acceptable to talk about, and what isn't. When you chose to break this code of silence, you run the risk of being ridiculed, ostracised, even threatened. If your words make people uncomfortable, to protect themselves - they judge. Suddenly, you find yourself on the outside looking in. This is how the culture of shame keeps its victims mute. But secrets eat away at you. They weigh you down and, like a cancer, spread to other areas of your life, contaminating, changing, so that eventually, you become a different person. The only way out is to break your silence, before the silence breaks you.
The coming week will see the first in a series of posts exploring taboo issues. Entitled "Breaking the Code of Silence", the series is dedicated to fighting the stigma surrounding mental health issues, by bringing them out into the open and encouraging the sharing and discussion of subjects that people usually associate with shame, embarrassment and fear.
For today's "You're Beautiful", I can't help but focus on the miracle of life. The fragility and need of a newborn that pulls on the heartstrings like the most adept of puppet-masters, and the wonder of watching a child grow - those sudden jolts of realization when, for an instant, you are acutely aware of just how far they've come.