Lady, poetry, writing

A Collection of my favourite poems


SPRING POETRY

Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear

The beauty of the morning: silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

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To Autumn by John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too –
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

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Lines Written in Early Spring

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.
To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.
Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.
The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.
If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?
SPRING FLWERS
Spring – William Blake

Sound the flute!
Now it’s mute.
Birds delight
Day and night;
Nightingale
In the dale,
Lark in sky,
Merrily,
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.

Little boy,
Full of joy;
Little girl,
Sweet and small;
Cock does crow,
So do you;
Merry voice,
Infant noise,
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year.

Little lamb,
Here I am;
Come and lick
My white neck;
Let me pull
Your soft wool;
Let me kiss
Your soft face;
Merrily, merrily, we welcome in the year.

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poetry, writing

A “Sunday” Poem


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To Daffodils

Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
Has not attain’d his noon.
Stay, stay,
Until the hasting day
Has run
But to the even-song;
And, having pray’d together, we
Will go with you along.
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We have short time to stay, as you,
We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
As you, or anything.
We die
As your hours do, and dry
Away,
Like to the summer’s rain;
Or as the pearls of morning’s dew,
Ne’er to be found again.
ALL CREDIT GOES TO ROBERT HERRICK
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Devotionals, Lifestyle, personal development, self help

Quick Devotion on Making a Difference


Making a Difference (Colossians 4:2-18)

 

Read Colossians 4:2-18. Anything in particular interesting to you in this passage?

Remembering the rest of the letter you have already studied, why do you think Paul tells the Colossians to be devoted to prayer, keeping watchful or alert?

Focus on the Meaning: In prayer we call on God to work, and we express our faith in Him.

The Christian who does not pray is demonstrating independence from God (John 15:5). The accompanying exhortation to ‘keep awake, be on the alert’ (gregoreo) is drawn from the imagery of guard duty (Nehemiah 7:3; Mark 14:34, 37).

Read verse 2 again. What is to be our “attitude” in prayer?

How do you think your attitude can make a difference in your prayer life?

Relate this to what you learned in Colossians 3:15-17

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Scriptural Insight: The repeated emphasis on thanksgiving makes this epistle one of the most “thankful” books in the New Testament (1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:17; 4:2)

Staying Healthy: Is there something that you are praying for today? How can you have an attitude of thanksgiving? List at least three things for which you can be thankful in your circumstance/situation.

For what two things does Paul ask in Colossians 4:3?

Why is it so important for Paul to be able to proclaim the gospel clearly?

See also Ephesians 6:19-20 and 2 Timothy 4:2-3

How can we be “wise” toward those that don’t believe?

Ephesians 5:3-20

Thessalonians 4:1-12

1 Peter 2:13-17

What do you think Paul means when he says we should make the most of every opportunity?

What does it mean to have your conversation be full of grace, in a sense “seasoned with salt?”

Examine what is said in Colossians 3:12-17 and Ephesians 4:29, 30 to derive your answer.

Focus on the Meaning: “Speech most effectively expresses what is inside the believer. The Christian’s speech should mirror the gracious character and conduct of his or her God by demonstrating love, patience, sacrifice, undeserved favor, etc. Salt probably represented both attractiveness, since salt makes food wholesome, since salt was a preservative that retarded corruption in food…one should wisely suit his or her speech to each need.”

Why would you want to watch your words?

Staying Healthy: Does your speech mirror the gracious character and conduct of your Lord? Ask your Lord to reveal to you speech that doesn’t mirror Him and trust Him to help you replace it with grace-filled speech.

Staying Healthy: Are you praying daily for an open door in which to share the gospel with someone? If someone asked you what the “gospel” or the “Good News” is, would you be able to tell them?

Write down simply the content of the Gospel message that you would need to communicate to win someone to Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

 

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Romans 10:9-10

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What skills or information do you need to sharpen up?

Read Colossians 4:2-18

Looking specifically at verses 7-18, view these names as representing real people with real functions in their world.

Beside each name, give Paul’s comments about the person and their function in the ministry. Follow cross-references to see what else is mentioned about them.

Tychicus
Onesimus
Aristarchus
Mark
Barnabas
Jesus Justus
Epaphras
Luke
Demas
Laodicean brothers
Nympha
Archippus
In this passage, we see one of the ways women were very important to the establishment of the early church.

See also Romans 16:3-5 and 1 Corinthians 16:19

What do you think Nympha’s and Priscilla’s ministry involved for her?

Staying Healthy: Your home is one of your most valuable assets for ministry. Is your home used in any way for a faith-filled environment? If not, why not? What is holding you back?

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Celebrities, History, Lady, royal life

A Tribute to Diana “Princess of Wales” 20 years on…


Buckingham Palace recently paid tribute to the modern day Princess of Wales, Diana Spencer at the time of the 20th anniversary of her death parallel to some exhibition of gifts to the Queen.

The Royal Collection Trust announced the exhibition which was held in the palace’s Music Room, which is usually the location of royal christenings, including Prince William’s christening as well.

You may have seen in photographs that the display is of her desk, which has a blue leather notebook where she wrote on imprinted writing paper with photos of her sons also surrounding the writing paper exhibited on the writing desk (as per below.)

Prince William and Harry also had some of her private heirlooms such as her boarding school wooden chest, with “D Spencer” written on it.

She would take it with her to the private West Heath girls’ school which was close by Kent. And would also take with her her first ever typewriter which she kept in the drawing room of her apartment.

So, this summer in England indicates the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997.  A date most people in the world will never forget……

The Princess managed many official duties and tasks in sustaining The Queen, when at home in the U.K. and overseas.

So, in tribute to Diana, her work is remembered by a remarkable display in the Music Room, which is one of the State Rooms open to the public as a portrayal of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace.

The main centrepiece of the display is the writing desk where she would work in her sitting room at Kensington Palace, writing letters, and reading official press conference letters and information.

Many of these objects on and around her desk have been specifically selected by Prince William and Harry to show their mother’s dedication to obligations and their recollection of her.

The items on display are as follows:

Blue leather blotter and brown leather letter rack

Diana always wrote to thank the people who had welcomed her on official visits.  The notebook and mahogany letter rack were a part of Diana’s desk accessories until her death.  The letter rack contains her embossed writing paper and envelopes.

Silver calendar

The Cartier calendar was a present to Diana from the President and First Lady Nancy Reagan on the occasion of the official visit to the USA with ‘The Prince and Princess of Wales’ in November 1985.

Leather photograph frame

This frame always sat on her desk which of course, contains photographs of friends and family.

Leather briefcase

The Asprey briefcase was a present from the “Worshipful Company of Glovers” to Diana on the event of her marriage in 1981.

Round enamel boxes

These small boxes were put in order as presents from “Halcyon Days of London” for Diana to give to her hosts on official trips overseas.

One displayed is one from the official visit to Brazil by The Prince and Princess of Wales – 1991 in April.

It is adorned with a picture of the sculpture of Christ the Redeemer.

Ballet shoes

Diana loved dancing but particularly loved ballet.  These shoes, which she used, hung on the door of her drawing room in Kensington Palace. Apparently she was Patron of the English National Ballet!

Wooden school tuck box and typewriter

As mentioned previously with the name “D Spencer” written on it, this box was used by her for sweets and taken to boarding school.  It was kept in The Princess’s sitting room at Kensington Palace. Her childhood typewriter was also kept in the sitting room.

Cassette tapes

Diana loved music and always listened to the radio and tapes when working at her desk.  The tapes are albums by (Sir) Elton John, George Michael, Diana Ross as well as classical pieces of opera and piano music.

There is also a special major exhibition mounted this year, entitled “Diana: Her Fashion Story”, tracing the Princess’s life through her evolving fashion style across two decades.

I was deeply touched and moved by the recent program “Diana: Our mother – her Life and Legacy“. You can click on the link or just watch here.

This display will be open to the public from the 22nd of July to October the 1st.

 

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Lady, poetry, Thoughts

Blush of Spring poem


Blush of Spring by Dawn Crabb (my grandmother)

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Faint light of day creeps over the hill

Pale moon hides and all is still

Bending blackboys bristle there

Green spears flung to the scented air

Sea of daisies sweeping high

Rainbow riot from the sky

Frogs are silent, birds on the wing

Bushland is calling, the echoes ring

Clumsy fledglings urgently fed

Sunrise a warmth in yellow and red

Towering trees just stand and stare

Lilt of laughter loiters there

Dappled light is dancing through

Neon wear of sparkling dew

Webs dip crazily in stirring breeze

Strung like diamonds, twixt the trees

Scintillating gossamer, silken thread

Adorning the morning for night has fled

 

©DawnCrabb

BOOKS, Lady

The Royal Collection Treasures


Introduction – The Royal Collection

One of the worlds greatest picture collections is found in this book, “The Royal Collection Treasures” involving masterpieces, splendours of the decorative arts, for example, I will touch on different sections such as furniture, or sculptures. It is not just only a collection, but a collection on collections which contain works of art.

I love the categories that I am going to share with you. It involves drawings, paintings, books, gems, tapestries, silver, porcelain, etc.

Surprisingly, the book says it is wholly unlike a museum collection which I thought that I would! But the British National Collections selectively provide a wide-ranging depiction of the arts and sciences with a specific purpose of showing the public what there is in an educating way.
Continue reading “The Royal Collection Treasures”

Celebrities, royal life

Princess Charlotte stealing the spotlight and lighting up the internet


 

 

As you may have read in my recent post, the royal trip to Europe (Poland and Germany) and you have probably seen all over the world the special engagements that Prince William and Kate Middleton attended in Poland and Germany, where their youngest child landed in Berlin early Wednesday for the first day of the Royal Visit to Germany, along with her parents and oldest brother, Prince George.

Adorable two year old, Princess Charlotte shook hands with a British defence attaché Brigadier Rob Rider (being her first ever diplomatic handshake)  and accepted a miniature flower bouquet.

Continue reading “Princess Charlotte stealing the spotlight and lighting up the internet”

Celebrities, History, royal life

Royal Life Magazine celebrates Prince George’s 4th birthday


Yesterday (today in Australia) we celebrated the fourth birthday of Prince George Alexander Louis, born on the 22nd of July 2013 at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

Once again we’ve been spoilt with a new official portrait of Prince George, released by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge themselves, to mark His Royal Highness’s fourth birthday.

The photograph was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June by Chris Jackson, Getty Images Royal Photographer. He is on Instagram @chrisjacksongetty and Twitter @ChrisJack_getty

Kensington Palace tweeted “The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness’s 4th birthday tomorrow.”

Looking more grown up and beaming at the camera, Prince George looks charming  in this special photograph. His parents were “delighted” to share the lovely photo with the world and “would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received,” Kensington Palace released in a statement.

Chris Jackson also said “I am thrilled and honoured that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to release this portrait to celebrate Prince George’s fourth birthday”.

According to my recent post, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Garden Party in Berlin for Queens Birthday, Prince George is on royal tour with his parents, which is now finishing up.

To celebrate the special day, Royal Life Magazine collated a splendid selection of most Royal Life magazines where the young Prince has dignified the cover.





You can still purchase these magazines which are available either as a print (check out your local newsagents!) or digital copy online.

You can visit Royal Life Magazine on Facebook, Twitter @royallifemag or Instagram @royallifemagazine. See below.

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You can share your own special message, or why not pop in an email at info@royallife.co.uk

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Duke & Duchess of Cambridge at garden party in Berlin for Queen’s birthday 


 

 

Recent engagements of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in Berlin, Germany. Kate, 35, wore a chiffon maxi dress by Alexander McQueen, down from £2,075 to £1,453. The Duchess of Cambridge beamed and glowed in a voluminous red gown and a pair of Prada shoes 👠 which she wore to the Natural History Museum in London last week at a party held in honour of the Queen’s birthday.

 

There is a replica on Net-a-Porter, the Alice and Olivia off the shoulder embroidered cotton maxi dress which is $580.

I think she looks absolutely radiant!

Especially here!

At the garden party, Kate and Prince William mingled with British expats living in Germany 🇩🇪

Kate had a change of outfit from her busy day of engagements in Berlin.

After their arrival in Germany, the Cambridges attended a garden party to celebrate The Queen’s birthday. The Duke of Cambridge spoke at the Occassion, and the Duchess in attendance raised a toast as Prince William spoke.

He began (and finished) his speech with a piece of German as a show of respect for Germany.

“Thank you, Ambassador, and good evening, ladies and gentlemen.

“It is a pleasure for Catherine and me to be with you on this occasion as we celebrate the birthday of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen.

“It is just under a year since I was last in Germany, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Britain’s role in its creation. I am delighted to be able to return so soon – this time with Catherine, George and Charlotte.

“We have already had a fascinating first day here in Berlin. We have seen powerful symbols of the historical events which helped shape modern Germany and spoken with those who carry that legacy forward today. I thank President Steinmeier and Chancellor Merkel for welcoming us so warmly.

“We have also experienced the city beyond the monuments and corridors of power. This afternoon we visited the Strassenkinder project in east Berlin, which supports homeless children and young people. It reminds us of the difficulties faced by some of the most vulnerable people in society, even in prosperous countries such as Britain and Germany, and the value of both countries looking at examples of best practice in the other. We look forward to seeing more of this great city during our stay here.

“But we also want to get to know and understand Germany outside the capital. Tomorrow, we travel to Heidelberg, and on Friday to Hamburg.

“Our visit will reflect, and I hope reinforce, the strong and wide-ranging ties between Britain and Germany. These include political, cultural, historical, commercial, sporting, academic and scientific links.

“The United Kingdom and Germany proudly share the same values as open and democratic societies, and the same determination to champion those values and to defend them – not least through our very close defence and security partnerships. Today, we share a fundamental interest in the peace and prosperity of the continent of Europe to which we both belong.

This relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany really matters. It is the product of many years of working closely together. It will continue despite Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union. I am confident we shall remain the firmest of friends.

“With this confidence in mind, I am particularly pleased that the British and German governments have agreed to double their funding of UK-German Connection, the bilateral initiative for school and youth links. UK-German Connection was established after the State Visit of The Queen to Germany in 2004, and it provides a wide range of UK-German activities, networks and funding for schools and youth groups. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and we want to establish friendships between our young people that will last a lifetime.

“I should like to finish with a message that my grandmother The Queen has sent to you all for this evening, and which she asked me to read to you:

“Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all of you gathered for this special Garden Party, on the occasion of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official visit to Germany.

“We have fond memories of our five State Visits to Germany, from our first in 1965 to our most recent in 2015. Over the course of those fifty years, British-German relations have thrived, allowing us to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the 21st century together.

“I am delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will experience the beauty of this country and the warmth of its people when they visit Berlin, Hamburg and Heidelberg.

“I hope you all have a most enjoyable evening.

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Angela Merkel welcomed them when they first arrived at the Holocaust memorial to pay tribute to the millions of Jews which lost their lives.

Kate looked sophisticated in a blue Catherine Walker coat which she styled with Gianvito Rossi heels, a Jimmy Choo clutch bag and Kiki McDonough jewellery.

This is a five day tour of Poland and Germany also with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, which I am doing a post on Charlotte soon!

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“ENJOY” BY TRILLIA NEWBELL – REVIEW as featured on Taylor Magazine


 

 

The following article I did is featured on Taylor Magazine, an online London magazine that is a minimalistic guide to life, which is “Taylored for you”. From articles that speak about the matters of the heart, celebrity interviews, Life, conversations, culture, and they also include favourite books! Which is the category that I chose! According to their About page, Taylor was born out of the need to have something that combines EVERYTHING that consumes our world. Something that is taylored specifically for you.

Here is the link to “Enjoy” by Trillia Newbell – Review on Taylor Magazine, and I have put the article up so you can read it on my blog. I also did an article on “Feminism” on Taylor Magazines website, which you can find HERE. It is probably one of my best work, ever!

ENJOY BOOK

I am currently reading a book called “Enjoy – Finding the freedom to delight in God’s good gifts” by Trillia Newbell. I received this book from ‘Blogging for books’. I have done two book reviews so far, “How to own it” by Sallie Krawcheck, and “The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs. I thoroughly enjoyed writing these, and have been looking forward to doing a different book. “Enjoy” is a faith-filled illustrative, scriptural based book on experiencing the fullness of life, and truly learning how to enjoy life in general. They cover the basis with scripture such as 1 Thessalonians that says to “rejoice always”.

They also reveal that joy is a fruit of the spirit – something that is developed and nurtured within us. I was a little unsure of doing a review on a Christian book, because some people aren’t religious, and it caters to people who believe in the Holy Bible. I was brought up in a Christian home, so I find this kind of reading therapeutic for me personally. I like how they talk about gifts, gifts He intends for our enjoyment. We have been given gifts in life. For example, I am truly learning the gift of writing. Growing up, I did love my books, and relished in an Enid Blyton story, but I honestly never thought I would create my own website, and write personal stories on my blog. This happened during my late twenties, when living in a small country town called Merredin, so it became a creative outlet for me to break out, and just write.

We can experience the fullness of enjoyment as we use our gifts daily. We can and should ‘enjoy, delight and rejoice’!

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Have you struggled with enjoying things in life, such as gardening, or just sitting down in your lounge and reading a good novel, or listening to classical music?

Sometimes we feel confused about the significance and purpose of leisure, but it is really quite simple. Turn on the radio, and dance your heart out, or sing to your hearts content. It is with learning to enjoy, recognize and appreciating things like leisure that you learn to see more clearly, and more passionately.

I particularly like how they say in the first chapter that there must be purpose in order for us to make sense of the world, and that we can easily fall into the snare of discontentment. It would make life hard to live if you are not feeling content with yourself. Life was created for us to enjoy, so, do things for yourself that would truly make you feel a sense of joy.

Through this book you can gain a deeper understanding of what it means to delight in good things, and to simply, enjoy your life. I also like how they created an “Enjoy Project” as a tool where there is a list of suggestions at the end of each chapter, and you can decide which suggestions you would like to do, such as journalling and you can write down if it was effective or enjoyable. For example, they put ‘start a blog series’, when I started blogging I felt a sense of joy and achievement from typing and it was out of pure joy that I started doing it.

If you do something similar to this, or just writing anything down in a journal, you will feel challenged, encouraged and inspired. We are not called to do life on our own, we are created to also work together and have relationships where we can sit down and talk to one another sharing our goals and dreams and aspirations for the future. That is one of the best things you could ever do, is get with people and talk about what you want to do with your life, and then truly embrace your god given talents. Our goal can also be to learn what it truly means to enjoy. Maybe create a random encouragement card to someone that you admire – investing in other people is worthwhile.

I love how at the end of every chapter there is a section/list on what you can do to create that joy, for example, scheduling a coffee date with a friend, making a meal for someone, or making certain lists. And each chapter starts out with an inspirational quote, which is pleasant to start off with.

I particularly liked Chapter Nine, which is called “The Art of Life” opening up with the sentence, “It’s interesting how something can be so central to your everyday life and then gradually fade away”. I have had this in the area of friendship specifically, and also when playing an instrument. My life was focused on piano playing for about eight years, but over the past few years I have forgotten what its like to sit down, and let my fingers tap away with such joy in my heart, and I miss those days. Sometimes life gets in the way of enjoyment and it is important for us to delight in everything that we do. If certain obstacles prevent us from fulfilling our dreams it is easy to fall into the trap of self-pity, we need to put our hope into pursuing and cultivating a great life for ourselves. This chapter really stood out to me because it’s so easy to get lost along the way that you forget to truly enjoy life.

You can delight in a variety of things, and I particularly liked that chapter because it talks about the arts. I delight in painting and music, and theatre, so it really stood out to me.

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Last, but not least, the last chapter called “Everlasting Enjoyment” focuses on the spiritual side of things, delighting in not only the here and now, but looking forward to the future, and it talks about faith and hope. To be truly complete, you must have hope. I particularly like how they use scripture such as Romans 5:35 how it says that ‘suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope’, and especially it ends with a C. S. Lewis quote: “For the present is the point at which time touches eternity.

So, I hope that even if you don’t read this book, that you have learnt something to truly learn to enjoy your life by doing things that you love.

“Enjoy!”

LOVE

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