“The only thing to fear is fear itself.”

It was Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke those words at his inauguration as President of the the United States in 1933. 

Fear makes things worse. Fear can blind me. Only by stepping without hesitation into the next step I have to make on the journey of life can I build any confidence in my future. Eleanor Roosevelt added:

Another inspired human was the blind Frenchman, Jaques Lusseyran.

Blinded at eight years of age he was a resistance fighter during the Nazi occupation of Paris, he was held in Buckenwald concentration camp from 1943-1945 and was one of only Thirty of his group of 2000 to survive that time.

He described how fear was the only thing that stopped him from seeing. “Still there was time when the light faded, almost to the point of disappearing. It happened every time I was afraid. If, instead of letting myself be carried along by confidence and throwing myself into things, I hesitated, calculated, thought about the walls, the half-open door, the key in the lock; If I said to myself that all these things were hostile and about to strike or scratch, then without exception I hit or wounded myself. The only easy way to move around the house, the garden or the beach was by not thinking about it at all, or thinking as little as possible. Then I moved between objects the way they say bats do. Otherwise what the loss of my eyes had not accomplished was brought about by fear. It made me blind,”

These people remind me that I will always have fears, but I don’t have to be my fears. Fear is not the filter to process life through.


Dealing with Worry!

For some of us it’s health, for more it’s physical circumstances or family: either way we all have alot of practice in dealing with worry.

Fear gets a grip of me whenever I move into the head and start thinking all that can go wrong. And even though I realise what is going wrong I still find it hard to stop. Someone said worry can be the echo in my head of fear- going over again and again in my head the bad things that might or might not happen. And that’s the daft thing about it; after worrying about something it might never happen.

Climbing back out of my head, I’m now sitting in a chair, writing or typing, breathing, people watching, checking out the changing weather and the dog at my feet. Life as it is NOW, with everything that is beyond the filters of good and bad that I so often apply to life as it unfolds.

The moment I am now living in has been and is the only safe place. Whether it’s awake at 4am in the morning or in a hospital bed, from wherever I am I can access healing memories, can reach out to others.

Go beyond fear into the now, meet who I meet when I’m alone with myself, meet others and live beyond my functioning filters.

A Royal Visitor to Littor Strand.

One of the first people to see the Royal Tern was Mary Whyte while jogging on Littor Strand. It was the beak she noticed. Margaret Stack was doing an early morning Yoga meditation couldn’t believe her eyes and her binoculars and immediately recognised what she was dealing with. After all she was just returned from the Americas on a bird watching tour that took in the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Atlantic. 

The Royal Tern is a seabird of the tern family. It is distinctive in its red/orange bill and black cap. They are never seen in Europe and this particular Tern was seen earlier in Mayo. A leg wound identified it.

For this visitor to arrive in the Shannonside was big news. A huge number of bird watchers arrived and got great footage of the visitor. There is an excellent utube of the Royal Tern on Littor Strand, the visitor also crossed over to Carrigaholt.


Donie O Keeffe has suggested that the Tern followed Margeret Stack back from Florida. Donie himself had seen an African Royal Tern on his last trip to Gibraltar. 

Sean Stack wonders why, on the weekend that Dublin barely beat Kerry, the Tern arrived down from Mayo. Could it be a transference of bad luck from Mayo to Kerry? Does it open up the possibility of Mayo winning the All Ireland?

Gerard Barrett 

A great turn out for a private viewing of “Smalltown ” last night in the Astor Cinema in Listowel. Gerard and Grainne had the showing there in honour of the late Kieran Gleeson who contributed so much to the artistic and entertainment life of North Kerry and West Limerick. “Smalltown ” was produced by Grainne O Sullivan, written and directed by Gerard Barrett and had a relatively new cast but starred the great Pat Shortt who was in attendance last night. He and Gerard took questions afterwards. The response of the audience was deeply felt and warm. 

The series begins on Tv3 next Thursday night at 10pm. It will run for the first three Thursday nights of September.

Pat Shortt and Gerard Barrett will be on Saturday night with Miriam, tonight at 9.30pm. It’s the last item on her last program of this  season and is worth watching.

Let that beauty fill us up.

What a difference a day makes!

Everything looks so fresh after the rain.

Looking southwest over the Mouth of the Cashen from Cnoc an Fhomhair.

We began harvesting the lavander yesterday. 

The honeybee population is alive and well and active.

Dewitt Jones teaches people how to take photos. Do three things, he says.

Firstly, let my first reaction be, “how fascinating.” Doing this allows us to take everything, good bad or neutral and not get mad or frustrated.

Secondly, if anything that is clearly bad happens the next two words are, “how inconvenient.” And that’s all it, something we can get through with just some inconvenience.

Thirdly, make sure I say, three or four times a day out loud,” thank you.” 

“Opening my eyes to the complexity and immensity of the universe is the way to hold God”

Great attitude to life as well!

The Clear Vision of Dewitt Jones.

Yesterday it rained all day and the high winds have rearranged our strand with the power and energy of the Atlantic 

And the challenge is to find light, abundance and oppertunity here too. 

Dewitt Jones has vision. There is light in his eyes, joy in his heart and gratitude in his being.


“Having vision means I am full of the joys of living, not doing what I do because I feel I should or it’s what others want.” When people ask Dewitt to critique their pictures he tells them the first place they ought to publish their pictures in their own lives.

“I want to see the light in your eyes, the smile in your face. I want to see the places you went to and the things you saw come out in how you are as a human being. You may get great pictures as well but the pictures are a residue of the experience. For when any of us enter into a powerful experience in your life the lessons we learn should be published in who we are.”

Being mindful is the key. Some journal to increase their mindfulness, writing down all the things to be grateful for. Dewitt takes photos, “visual prayers, that make me stop and look at light on a leaf or a cloud in the sky and say thank you.

Yesterday a visit from cousins, a trip to our local Holy Well, a beautiful meal prepared by Debbie left us very happy!

Dewitt Jones-allowing our vision to go beyond what we understand.

Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top photographers, works for The National Geographic, and promotes depth of thinking, imagination and creativity.

“There is so much information and news now available to us all that it’s hard to separate the signal from the noise. What do I hold onto? There is a difference between data and knowledge.

Try to be sufficient. Sufficiently is two steps below abundance and one step above scarcity. I’m sufficient when I make the conscious decision that I have enough. If I know what’s sufficient I won’t be overwhelmed by constant information.

Do you suffer from FOMO?(Fear Of Missing Out) I run around from post to pillar afraid I’ll miss out on that piece of information that’s going to help me make sense of everything. I feel as if I’m living in an abundant world with a scarcity mentality.

Instead I live in an abundant world with a scarcity mentality. Move to JOMO (the Joy Of Missing Out) That helps me live in a world of presence, focus and certainly.

I need to be able to celebrate as well. To be able to get up in the morning and celebrate what’s right with the world. It doesn’t mean I deny pain and suffering but I try to put suffering in a bigger context. Seeing the world and all that God gives us the strength to deal with pain and suffering is what we come to.

There are people in the world who are givers and takers.Some gain their strength from helping and giving. Others fill their own cup with life as it gives them joy – it overflows as they do what they do in the world out of love. They are connected with the Source – they live in Sufficency.”