It’s time for Downton Abbey fans to say goodbye to the Crawleys’ aristocratic chronicles of this British historical drama! We’ll miss the series’ characters of whom we’ve all grown so fond. Sunday evenings will become void as we miss the anticipated delight of immersing ourselves into their lives each Sunday night on PBS! Haven’t we all loved the family dynamics, the historical social change process, the setting, and the fashions of this bygone era? The friendship, loyalties, secrets, and realistic family issues have been the core of keeping us glued to this gripping dramatic series. Many have ordered the DVD’s of the entire 6 seasons and will no doubt revisit them again. Keep your kleenex box handy, as the trailers have hinted that we’re going to feel emotional as we say farewell to the Downton Abbey series.
A TIMELY BOOK REVIEW
WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY
-A NOVEL -By Wendy Wax
With the end of the Downton Abbey Series, it seemed an appropriate time to introduce fans who will be missing the series, to a book that centers around the show. It is a light, humorous, tender read that encourages female friendship and bonding. As four very different women (in various stages of life), find themselves connecting through the weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, hosted by the concierge of their apartment building. The story becomes one of risk-taking, friendship-making, and supporting one’s friends through the dicier, unpleasant hurdles of life. You’ll enjoy the Downton Abbey connection, as it will probably encourage you to set up your own weekly screenings with girlfriends (and British refreshments), as well….
If you decide to check it out, click on While We Were Watching Downton Abbey The book is entertaining and it will give you all kinds of ideas for how to further your entertainment of the Downton Abbey reruns.
Share your feelings about the final episode of Downton Abbey. (I know you’re feeling emotional like I am!) Come on, leave a comment so we can all weep together… ha!
There’s a lot of discussion about “mindfulness” in the self-help and educational sectors these days. It’s something that started to develop within me through journal writing after an unexpected divorce in the early 90’s. Smacked with the realization that I was in complete control of myself and life’s choices, the written reflections enabled me to focus on my goals and well-being. It became apparent, early in the days when “mindfulness” wasn’t actually a common term, that one had to seize the day and try to make the most of it through one’s choices. It’s not a skill one masters. Often times, one’s “mindfulness” is contradictory and completely messy! I have taught myself to wake up each day and look forward to what the day holds. Although I’m focused and positive about making the most of each day, I also know that it can go “off the rails” and that I may have to be forgiving and gentle with myself.
After reading a reflection post, entitled, The truth about being kind to yourself, it compelled me to share a mantra that was posted on Emma’s blog.
Say it out loud
Today I will do my best!
Today, I will try my best
to make choices that are
healthy and make me
I’ll work on my goal!
Say It Everyday (Inspirational Quote, Health Fitness)
This quote was intended for fitness and lifestyle motivation. I think it translates to all areas of our lives. (I say this, as I help myself to a Lindt Dark Chocolate square… or 2 or 3) Seriously, though, if one actively embraces “mindfulness” on a daily basis, the benefits to life satisfaction are immeasurable. The message of Emma’s post was, be kind to yourself. Continue to be actively “mindful” and be forgiving with yourself when you make a few slips along the way. And you will… oops… the rest of that Lindt chocolate bar just disappeared!