Tag: Quotes

The paradox of our time

(This essay appeared under the title “The Paradox of Our Age” in Words Aptly Spoken, Dr. Moorehead, 1995)

The paradox of our times

Is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers.

Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but we have less.

We buy more but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses, but smaller families.

More conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees, but less sense. Read More

Books? Great medicine!

All joking aside, I cannot even begin to count the number of books I have read since childhood or how many I handled while working in a library. Books become part of life, a friend I will remember forever, a gateway or hiding place where distraction reigns. Just holding them, turning page after page, waiting to be explored, conquered, talked about and put on a shelf waiting to be taken out again. And so the cycle begins again.

10420388_896873597031395_6750446769718581885_nWhen I look back on life, books have always played a pivotal role while growing up, through the good days and the bad, and in sickness and in health.

If it were not for the many hours spent with my nose tucked deep in books in the downstairs library in our apartment, my life would not be the same today. It would similarly not be the same if my mum had not let me ‘read’ our atlas so many times, its spine became battered and bruised, and all pages near the maps of Great Britain and Ireland were falling out as if Boudica herself had rampaged through them.

Years later and by now living in Ireland, books continued to be my backbone and often saved me from emotional distress before or after surgeries, diagnoses and retiring from work. Some were a hard rock to hold on to while trying to stand firm against unwanted medical test results that would change the course of my life. Some were a ‘do not disturb’ sign while others the perfect antidote to something called ‘uncertain days’. Read More

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Disable Inequality


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I want…

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10 ‘Little rebel, me’ mistakes

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Are you a list person? I am, that’s a given.

After wasting time on websites like List Challenges, I thought, ‘Well, how about the ten worst things I’ve done since being diagnosed, with a follow-up on the best things I’ve done since that day in 2005?’ Quotes are added to underline my thinking, ideas or just as some way to kick-start goodness in my life.

Once the 10 best things have found their way onto paper, I will link them to each other here if you want to read lists for a while!

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Fake it ’til you make it!

“Your conscious mind gives your unconscious the task to change your outlook on life, and it is slowly being bent into thinking you’re a champion within your own league.
The beauty is this: the brain in fact doesn’t really know the difference between your mind’s visualisation and reality. And therein lies the power, not the slightly negative connotation of wanting-to-be/do-something, but the positivity of having or being it already. If need be, fake it ’til you make it!”

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Close your eyes for a few seconds, and imagine the type of person I will describe to you.

It’s someone who has Samuel Beckett’s “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better” personality. Trying to bend negatives into positives. Seeing cause and effect in an ever-expanding circle. Someone who 95% of the time, will not throw in the towel or run away because it’s the easiest solution. Perhaps a “mens sana in corpore sano” person, Latin for someone with a sound mind in a sound body. A non-drama queen (or king). It’s not someone who wants to be one tough cookie, it’s about being a whole tin of tough cookies.

Perhaps you are that tin of tough cookies, or you strive to be one of the cookies within the tin. Read More

Raining roses

Back in blogging-land after a much needed break from writing and staring into my own little world. There were doctors’ visits and hospital waiting rooms, a very slow stroll through Dublin Zoo as well as lots of sleep and trying to lose weight before the Christmas holidays arrive. Friends came and went, and books were tossed aside after reading half a page. On a more exciting note, I ended up on www.writing.ie, the home of Irish writing online, with something I wrote about writing. Feel free to check it out here!

I finally convinced myself to stop and take stock with the words “Being this overly, mentally busy doesn’t work for me anymore,” because deep down I knew I had arrived in Klutz Central. KC, the final destination and home of being unable gathering and storing new information while having the energy levels of a sloth on Valium, really is the hometown of my bedroom.

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Think different…

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Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules, and they
have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them,
glorify and vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore
them because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as crazy,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.
(Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc.)


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I need a cure

If a person can turn from predicting illness
to anticipating recovery,
the foundation for cure is laid.
(Bernie Siegel)

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
(Albert Einstein)

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible
and achieves the impossible.
(Anonymous)

Illness shows us what we are
(Latin proverb)

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you,
they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.
(Bernice Johnson Reagon)


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Wise words…

because…so…


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The dark underbelly of Ireland’s society (part 2)

(Original blog post The dark underbelly of Ireland’s society)

Sadly I was not able to find the half-dressed homeless man in town this morning, so the attempt to give him some clothes and food failed. The bag with clothes is still standing here, and hopefully I will be able to help him someday.

This is the street where I have seen him beg before (Henry Street, Dublin)


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Education

Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.
(William Butler Yeats)


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Ireland

Your feet will bring you where your heart is
(Irish proverb)


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Ireland

Your feet will bring you where your heart is
(Irish proverb)


© Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2012. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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