Dá fhada an lá tagann an tráthnóna.
Pronounced: Daw aw-dah on law tog-ann an traw-no-nah.
Translates: No matter how long the day, the evening comes.
(No matter how bad things are, they will end)
Think of your last bad day.
If you can remember, how was your next morning?
Or the week after?
Perhaps you can’t remember. But for me, I have lived through enough cycles of life now that I am starting to realize – it will get better!
If you can cut your bad days short – do it – go to bed early and see if things aren’t better the next day or the day after that.
Not all bad days can be fixed this way – by no means am I suggesting that you skip out on your responsibilities. Sometimes you just have to handle your business, but some days are better left to tomorrow.
Can I just say – that daylight savings is all about going to bed early? Is there anything I love more right now than coming home, rushing through a quick to-do, eating dinner and turning in early with a good book? Ahhhhhhhhh. Maybe only my heated mattress pad. Or my thick winter down comforter.
Turn in early tonight,
ACTIONABLE STEP: Keep a journal of your days – look back on your bad days and then skim through to the next couple of days. Stop and appreciate the best moments of each day. Even the bad days have moments of good in them. A sunset, a pretty leaf blowing across the sidewalk, a candle burning in the window. Pay attention to the good, and hold on through the bad.
I think it’s a great idea to learn something about the place you travel, to take a bit of the culture and sayings with you when you go. Ireland is a land of many sayings and phrases. The Gaelic language is not something that I picked up on – although I did look up how to say hello, thank you and goodbye before we departed for our travels, the only phrase that comes naturally to mind is Sláinte, which is said as “Cheers!” before a drink, but means “Good Health”.
I found all of these sayings after my trip, although I did have many an Irish man say different phrases and try to teach me how, repeat after him. I, sadly, can not remember them.
I looked these all up on the website Gaelic Matters. I encourage you to go and read through the website. It is fantastically well done with a wealth of information on the Celtic culture and the Gaelic Language. The Gaelic Language is in danger of becoming unknown and we were told while we were visiting that people are now enrolling their children into lessons to keep the language alive.
The old sayings are charming, full of wisdom and wit, and these Motivation Monday series are meant to honor the spirit of the people of Ireland.