There’s something magical about bringing an idea to life, seeing it evolve from a mere concept into a tangible reality. It doesn’t matter if you’re someone who is constantly creating something or the other, or just starting on a new ‘something’, just do it! For the process and the journey of creating will keep you going. o, pick up that pen, grab those tools, or code that project you’ve been dreaming about. Don’t let self-doubt hold you back; take the leap, make mistakes, learn, and grow. Let your creativity soar, and proudly say you did!
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Maakusie Loves Music
Maakusie Loves Music by Chelsey June and Jaaji (Twin Flames) and illustrated by Tamara Campeau (Children’s Fiction | 7 – 9 years, and up | Inhabit Education Books Inc.)
Description: Written by renowned Canadian indie rock duo Jaaji and Chelsey June of Twin Flames, this vibrant and engaging book introduces young readers to the exciting world of traditional and modern music in the North.
Source: Edelweiss digital review copy
My Quick Thoughts
This book turned out to be not just a sweet picture book about a child’s love for music, but also an amazing look into and a rich resource of Inuit culture. I learned about so many instruments and the musical richness of the Inuits, including the fascinating tradition of throat singing. Backmatter is not to be missed.
Do Away With the Would Haves, Could Haves, and Should Haves
July 14th observes another quirky holiday, one which we should observe often or make it a part of our everyday if possible. It is Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day. In other words, live life free of regrets.
Martha J. Ross-Rodgers, the creator of this holiday, offers one critical step and a few tips to help towards this goal.
One thing we can do
Take a few minutes to write down all the regrets we have currently on a piece of paper (this is important). Then toss the paper in the trash or burn it.. That is, literally throw away all the ‘wouldas-couldas-shouldas,’ so you are only left with all the things you did do!!
And here are a few tips
- Remember that the past is just the past and cannot be changed
- Recognize that loving oneself is to accept both the positive and negative.
- View every regret as an opportunity to learn and to grow.
- Remember that holding on to past regrets will impact both the present and the future.
- Also remember that not everything we attempt can be achieved easily. We are bound to face obstacles of all types, and we just need to find our way past/through these obstacles and keep moving forward.
- Life is sure to throw us twists and turns as we journey along on its road. We just to keep going on our winding, curving, up-and-down path.
Another book I discovered for this and which I am currently reading and enjoying is Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Overcoming Regrets, Mistakes, and Missed Opportunities by Arthur Freeman.
One More Thing to Help You Say ‘ You Did’!
The one more thing is one of my favorite poems from one of my favorite poets!! That little thing called ‘you did’ is a surefire way to defeat all those regrets!! And Silverstein says it so well here in this poem from his book Falling Up.
All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ in the sun,
Talkin’ ’bout the things
They woulda coulda shoulda done…
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little Did.
~ Shel Silverstein
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear reader, any regret you want to toss today? Anything new you want to learn today? Do you have a favorite poem about living in the now, or about regrets?