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Monday 8 August

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.




Monday  1 August

The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops.  Eventually.




Monday  25 July

One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time

to do the things you’ve always wanted.

Do it now.

Paulo Coelho



Monday  18 July

Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.




Monday  11 July

Those who dare to fail can achieve greatly.

Robert F. Kennedy



Monday 4 July

Always do right.

This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.

Mark Twain



Monday 27 June

A Simple Plan

Simple Sam was a simple man.

He lived each day by a simple plan.

Enjoy your life and live while you can.

Make each day count and take a stand.

Stand on the left or stand on the right,

Whichever one you think is right.

Live each day as if your last.

Life’s too short and gone too fast.

Irwin Mercer



Monday 20 June

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr



Monday 13 June

Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.

Bill Nye



If you always give you will always have.

Chinese Proverb 



Monday 30 May

One warm word can warm three winter months.

Japanese Proverb



Monday 23 May

An active soul is a healthy soul

Maori Proverb



Monday 16 May

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow

Audrey Hepburn



Monday 9 May

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt



Monday 2 May

Don’t look for society to give you permission to be yourself.

Steve Maraboli



Monday 25 April

ANZAC DAY – Lest we forget.



Monday 18 April

I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.

Nathaniel Hawthorne



Monday 11 April

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw



Monday 4 April

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

Napoleon Hill



Monday 28 March

Very little is needed to make a happy life.

Marcus Aurelius



Monday 21 March

Learn from yesterday,

Live for today,

Hope for tomorrow.

Albert Einstein



Monday 14 March

Keep busy at something:

a busy person never has time to be unhappy.

Robert Louis Stevenson



Monday 7 March

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.

Albert Einstein



Monday 28 February

To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it.

It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall.

Ann Patchett



Monday 21 February

Take rest;  a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.




Monday 14 February

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt



Monday 7 February

Have patience with all things,

but first of all with yourself.

St Francis de Sales



Monday 31 January

May you have warm words on a cold evening,

a full moon on a dark night,

and a smooth road all the way to your door.

Irish saying



Monday 24 January

We don’t stop playing because we grow old.

We grow old because we stop playing

George Bernard Shaw



Monday 17 January

The greatest good is wisdom.

St. Augustine



Monday 10 January

I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.

Robert Bridges



Monday 3 January

It isn’t only a New Year it is a new chance for everyone to restart

Mohammed Sekouty



Monday 27 December

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’.

Alfred Lord Tennyson



Monday 20 December


I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

                          Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our heart.                           

Charles Dickens



Monday 13 December

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast. 

   William Shakespeare



Monday 6 December

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.                     

John Lubbock



Monday 29 November

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.




Monday 22 November

As time progresses memories become more precious and treasured. 

Catherine Pulsifer



Monday 15 November

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt



Monday 8 November

Spring is the time of the year, when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.

Charles Dickens



Monday 1 November

Every day may not be good,

but there’s something good in every day.

Alice Morse Earle 



Monday 25 October

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind.

Be led by the dreams in your heart.
Roy T. Bennett


Monday 18 October

A bit of fragrance

always clings to the hand

that gives you roses.

Chinese proverb



Monday 11 October

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson



Monday 4 October

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
 Margaret Thatcher



Monday 27 September

Dear, dear!

How queer everything is today!

And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night?

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll



Monday 13 September

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow

you’ve gotta put up with the rain.

Dolly Parton



Monday 30 August 

Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.

Mason Cooley



Monday 23 August 

In the rush to return to normal,

use this time to

consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.

Dave Hollis



Monday 16 August 

Remember today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Dale Carnegie



Monday 9 August 

A Journey

Life is like a journey

Taken on a train

With a pair of travellers

At each windowpane.

I may sit beside you

All the journey through,

Or I may sit elsewhere

Never knowing you.

But if fate should make me

To sit by your side,

Let’s be pleasant travellers;

It’s so short a ride.

Dr. M. Coleman Harris



Monday 2 August 

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare



Monday 26 July 

Loneliness has less to do with being alone and

much more to do with the experience of feeling unseen.

Miriam Kimayor


Monday 19 July 

I thought growing older would take longer.

Susan Barmon


Monday 12 July 

Age is a number we count until we’re old enough to know it doesn’t count.

K Mayer


Monday 5 July 

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want,

drink what you don’t like and do what you’d rather not.

Mark Twain


Monday 28 June

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.

Charles Dickens



Monday 21 June

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and

the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

Robert Frost



Monday 14 June

You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.



Monday 7 June

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands –

one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Audrey Hepburn


Monday 31 May

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,

for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. 

Edith Sitwell


Monday 24 May

Speak only if it improves upon the silence.

Mahatma Gandhi



Monday 17 May

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.

C.S. Lewis



Monday 10 May

Mending My Mind

Worrying makes holes in my head

and the useful bits keep falling out

My mind gets holes in it

and the wind blows thoughts into disarray


The more I anxiously scramble

to keep my thought in order

The more my brain leaks

the goodness leached and lost


I want to mend my mind

and plug up the holes

with faith and trust and belief

conviction, passion and certainty

Then my mind can find solutions

my fretting thoughts would never have found

And I might even think of something

I hadn’t thought of before

Jane Pujji



Monday 3 May

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.

Randy Pausch – The Last Lecture



Monday 26 April

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein



Monday 19 April

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost



Monday 12 April

I dug

I levelled

I weeded

I seeded

I planted

I waited

I weeded

I pleaded

I mulched

I gulched

I watered

I waited

I fumbled

I grumbled

I poked

I hoped 

So GROW….Dammit

Marion French



Monday 5 April

Keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.




Monday 29 March

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.

Ed Cunningham



Monday 22 March

Autumn Fires

In the other gardens

And all up in the vale,

From the autumn bonfires

See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over,

And all the summer flowers,

The red fire blazes,

The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!

Something bright in all!

Flowers in the summer

Fires in the fall!

Robert Louis Stevenson



Monday 15 March

When you change the way you look at things,

the things you look at change.

Dr Wayne Dyer



Monday 8 March

“‘When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,’ said Piglet at last, ‘What’s the first thing you say to yourself?’
‘What’s for breakfast?’ said Pooh. ‘What do you say, Piglet?’
‘I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?’ said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. ‘It’s the same thing,’ he said.”

Winnie the Pooh – A.A Milne



Monday 1 March

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. 

It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

Albert Einstein


Monday 22 February

May you have warm words on a cold evening,

a full moon on a dark night,

and a smooth road all the way to your door.

Irish toast



Monday 15 February 

To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion,
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly,
to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages,
with open heart,
to bear all cheerfully,
to all bravely await occasions,
hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden
and unconscious grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.

William Henry Channing


Monday 8 February

Every step makes a footprint.

Chinese Proverb



Monday 1 February

Smiling is infectious,

you catch it like the flu.

When someone smiled at me today,

I started smiling too.


I passed around a corner

and someone saw my grin.

When he smiled I realised

I’d passed it on to him.


I thought about that smile,

then I realised its worth.

A single smile, just like mine

could travel round the earth.


So if you feel a smile begin,

don’t leave it undetected.

Let’s start an epidemic quick,

and get the world infected.


Spike Milligan




Monday 25 January

Love one another and you will be happy.

It’s as simple and as difficult as that.

Michael Leuning




Monday 18 January

I think the more unexpected something is,

the more there is to learn from it.

Michael J Fox



Monday 11 January


Hold fast to dreams 
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes 



Monday 4 January

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.

T.S. Eliot



Monday 28 December

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

Carl Bard



Monday 21 December

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. 

Agnes M. Pahro



Monday 14 December

Do what you can with what you have where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt



Monday 7 December

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. 

Dr Seuss



Monday 30 November

Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

Judy Garland


Monday 23 November

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.

William Shakespeare



Monday 16 November

Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realised.

Allan Armitage



Monday 9 November

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Oscar Wilde



Monday 2 November

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.

Albert Einstein



Monday 26 October

Almost any garden, if you see it at just the right moment, can be confused with paradise.

Henry Mitchell



Monday 19 October

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.  

Sophia Loren



Monday 12 October

I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration

that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power,

 I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have

one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.

Abraham Lincoln



Monday 5 October

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves us all not to talk about the rest of us.

Robert Louis Stevenson



Monday 28 September

Precious Time

Enjoy it

Don’t spend it

Savour it

Don’t save it

You cannot waste it

Only fail to appreciate it

Precious time

Everyone’s sweetheart

No amount of courting will win her over

Each day’s offering the same

No matter who you are

No matter what you do

She gives of herself to everyone

In equal measure

Everyone’s darling

Precious time

Jane Pujji



Monday 21 September

The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.

William Wordsworth



Monday 14 September

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Mother Teresa


Monday 7 September 

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

Percy Bysshe Shelley



Monday 31 August 

All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t.

And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.

Robert Kennedy



Monday 24 August

Tell me and I will forget.

Show me and I may remember.

Involve me and I learn.

Xun Kuang  a Chinese Confucian Philosopher



Monday 17 August

 Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Marie Curie



Monday 10 August

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

Muhammad Ali



Monday, 3 August

Last weekend, rather than touring overseas like we had planned, we were having lunch in the garden of a local café, in the warmth of the winter sun and with the buzz of conversation around us.  Instead of feeling frustrated that we were not in far off exotic places, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude.  This is a typical Sunday scene which is usually enjoyed by millions of people around the world, that is, until Covid-19 struck!   How lucky we are to live on the beautiful Kapiti Coast, be able to go about day to day life without restrictions and enjoy weekend pleasures that are not possible in other countries.  It highlighted that it has taken a crisis for me to fully appreciate how important the simple things in life really are.

Jane Yoong QSM



Monday, 20 July

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Chinese Proverb



Monday, 20 July


Close Friends Are Truly Life’s Treasures

Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves.

With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us,

to share our laughter and our tears.

Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.


Vincent Van Gogh



Monday, 13 July


Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep

Albert Einstein



Monday, 6 July


If we noticed little pleasures,

as we notice little pains,

If we quite forgot our losses

and remembered all our gains,

If we’d look for people’s virtues

and their faults refused to see,

What a happy friendly place

this world of ours would be.


This poem was written for a soldier from a comrade in September 1916

when they were stationed in Rouen, France in World War 1



Monday, 29 June


If I cannot do great things

I can do small things in a great way.


Martin Luther King Jr



Monday, 22 June

National Volunteer Week


Volunteers plant seeds of love

That help countless hearts to grow.





Monday, 15 June


“All persons share common needs for love, emotional support, respect and recognition from one another, for the exchange of knowledge, experience and insights, enablement and caring.  The extent of need will vary from individual to individual, age group to age group and culture to culture.

Older people are the only group that have lived through many of the experiences that younger generations have yet to encounter and can serve as valuable role models; young people bring a special energy and enthusiasm to life from which older people can benefit.”


From the Charter for a Society for All Ages for the International Year of Older Persons 1999



Monday, 8 June


“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and

leave footprints on our heart and we are never, ever the same.”


Flavia Weedn




Monday, 1 June


You must give time to your fellow men – even if it’s a little thing, do something for others- something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.

Albert Schweitzer




Monday, 25 May


If I Had My Life to Live Over


I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax, I would limber up.  I would be sillier than I have been this trip.  I would take fewer things seriously.  I would take more chances.  I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.  I would eat more ice cream and less beans.  I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day.  Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I’d have more of them.  In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.  Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.  I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute.  If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.  I would go to more dances.  I would ride more merry-go-rounds.  I would pick more daisies.


Nadine Stair




Monday, 18 May


The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age,

which means never losing your enthusiasm.

Aldous Huxley



Monday, 11 May


Hills Ahead


The hills ahead look hard, steep and high

And often we behold them with a sigh;

But as we near them level grows the road.

We find on every slope with every load

The climb is not so steep, the top so far,

The hills ahead look harder than they are.

And so it is with troubles though they seem so great

That men complain and fear and hesitate;

Less difficult the journey than we dreamed

It never proves as hard as once it seemed,

There never comes a task, a hill, a day

But as we near it – easier the way.

Douglas Malloch




Monday, 4 May


The quiet I took for granted

One thing I realised that I enjoyed during level 4 was the peace and quietness around the streets. My mum and I would walk down to the beach and would be one of the only ones on it!

It almost felt sometimes as if we owned the world! Now that it is level 3, there are lot’s more people out. Which is nice in some ways, but the world feels busy again. There’s many cars on the road and the beach is more packed then it was before Covid! I’m glad more people get to enjoy it, but I also realise how much I enjoyed it when the world felt quiet. I think it will make me appreciate the quiet and slow times in life more going forward.

Aria Gardiner

Kapiti Coast Youth Council




Tuesday, 28 April


It is a beautiful warm, calm autumn day as we move into Covid-19 Alert Level 3. Today, New Zealand is beginning to move again, still restricted but cautiously starting to find ways to work and live while still protecting ourselves from the unseen Covid-19.

Reflecting back over the past five weeks reveals a picture of how amazing New Zealanders are.  We literally stopped the world we were living in and adapted overnight to a totally new way of life.  This commitment by all of us has managed to keep the virus under control.  To quote our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, this was possible because we were a ‘team of five million’ each doing our bit big or small.

Our challenge in the months ahead is to find ways to harness the amazing coming together and outreach that has occurred in all areas of our life.  We need to assess and plan how we work and connect in the future, build on the initiatives that have developed in the past five weeks, acknowledge and utilise the wealth of human capital which has proved so resilient and creative.

You and I, each in our own way and together, can contribute to make New Zealand the best it can be. Let’s do it!

Jane Yoong QSM




Monday, 20 April


As we get ready to move to Alert Level 3, let’s remember that:


Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom;

Indeed they create our courage and our wisdom.

It is only because of problems that we grow mentally

and spiritually. It is through the pain of

confronting and resolving problems

that we learn.

M Scott Peck, Psychiatrist and Writer




Monday, 13 April


  Martin Sloman QSM, MNZAC, Registered with NZAC


What has come up for me in lockdown is two very important mental health survival techniques. One is the concept of structure. When the days blend into one another one can sometimes feel a little lost and disorientated. The antidote to this is structure. This may include getting up at a certain time, having meals at the right time, exercising , reading, exercising the mind, getting outside and soaking up some vitamin D. Spending time just watching nature from our own gardens can be enormously therapeutic.

The other one is connection. In these days of limited physical contact then we need to get creative about connecting to those within our bubbles and especially with those outside of them. This is where technology ( for all it’s down sides ) can really help. Learn how to use Skype or Zoom or Messenger to connect to those who matter. Share news, pictures and funny stories to brighten up each other’s bubbles. Make a phone call. Go for a walk and have a chat with a stranger from 2 metres away! If you can’t get out then get clever and learn a new way of connection using one of the methods above,

We are social being us humans and we need connection to thrive. Good luck!

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Telephone:      022 108 5893





Monday 6 April 2020

It’s amazing how quickly life can change and how we find ways of adapting when an emergency occurs.  Yet, in day to day life, we often resist change as it means learning something new or facing the unknown.

Everyone in New Zealand and millions around the world are currently facing extreme changes in every aspect of life.  The impact of COVID-19 is devastating and the consequences for many are dire.  Yet, the human spirit has come to the fore in many ways as we see and hear each day in the media and from conversations with family, friends and colleagues.

While we are in this unusual time, let’s challenge ourselves to do something we have put off doing or learn a new skill that we can take forward when the changed world begins to take shape.

Jane Yoong QSM