For Every Man, Woman and Child.

We must pray for Paris, there is no question but we must also pray for Beirut, Baghdad, Syria. We must pray for our world. Through the atrocities all over the globe we see the misguided in our world. I would not proclaim to be religious but to everyone on this earth I emplore you, pray in your own way. Pray in your own way and think of these atrocities, these global atrocities. We are all human, we are all good and bad. We must all learn this and come to learn from the past to ensure a better future.

It all sounds very grand and simple when I state such a solution. I ensure you, whoever you are taking the time to read and think, that I understand how complex these issues are. I’m sure you understand too, at least we all should try to. It is so difficult to grasp the extent of such an extensive situation. It is especially so when trying to understand from somewhere safe, where you haven’t been directly effected. But we must try to understand and through that, good will prevail. Our humanity will overshadow the darkness and education will guide us towards a safer world. An interesting quote which made me think.. “guns may kill terrorists but education kills terrorism”.

For everyone, every man, woman and child on this earth..

Let the flowers protect us, each petal keep us safe.

Let us be free from worry of the dark, each candle shines bright.

To all the people around the globe, I say to you stand tall.

With the same kindness in our souls, the same life in our bodies.

We are one people in one world of hope.

Stand tall as one people!

Stand tall as one world!

Stand tall for hope!

We must learn from each other,

From the past and the present,

So that life lasts forever,

As we all live in Heaven.


Sleep Remedies: Myths or Simply Still Undiscovered?

We all have those nights don’t we? The nights where you are absolutely exhausted, but no matter how hard you try you just can’t stop your brain and your body from tossing and turning. In fact, the harder you try the more impossible it becomes to sleep! It’s a vicious circle that’s very hard to break free from.

I don’t know about you, but I have tried everything. I literally mean EVERYTHING. From breathing exercises to not eating dairy three hours before I go to sleep to putting away technology an hour before bed, it just didn’t work. (And that dairy one was torture! I LOVE cheese, milk and yogurts.. it’s nearly as bad as asking me not to drink water! Sorry, I know I’m going off the beaten track, but it’s got to be said cows areย incredible animals.) Anyway, sleep remedies are something more and more sought after nowadays. Our lives are hectic and often there simply isn’t enough time to think of everything. We live in a world full stress, worry and constant going and it is scarily easy to forget all we have to cherish. This is where Lullaby by Jack Johnson came into my story.

Growing up I always had a huge love for music. My Mam passed on her love of Jack Johnson to me, I could listen to Jack Johnson singing and playing for hours on end and that’s what I did. The song Lullaby was the one that really struck a chord with me. And in this song I found my sleep remedy.

I’m not saying that everyone should go out to download the song, or buy the album and that it will instantly put them to sleep. (Although I do think it is a beautiful, understated song. So of course I would recommend a listen, if just for the sake of good music ๐Ÿ™‚ ) What I will say though is that sleep and if needed sleep remedies are unique to each individual. My advice is to find something that reminds you of what you may have temporarily forgotten, the things to cherish. As Chubs from Happy Gilmore would say “find your happy place”, I don’t think he was far off. You know the feeling of warmth you get after a lovely day? It’s been busy but you know it’s going to be a day you remember. I slip into sleep so happily and easily after days like those. I believe that if we can find something, some song, routine or pillow to help us replicate that feeling, then so many sleep issues could be solved.

Sleep is unique to each person, I do wonder whether the sleep remedies which can ‘fix anyone’s sleep issues’ are just a myth. I’m not a doctor, or an expect in the area and my advice may seem too simple, I’m not saying that it is fool proof but it might be worth a shot. Even if it doesn’t help with falling asleep it may just make you smile or you may have found a new music artist to listen to ๐Ÿ™‚