Another Year…


 

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My birthday is fast approaching.  Next Wednesday I’ll celebrate fifty-nine years!

In a conversation with my daughter last night we discussed age.  While some may say that 59 years of age is old…it doesn’t ‘feel’ that way.  What an odd way to describe our age though as how we feel?

I will always feel the wonder of this world that I inhabit.  Despite all the mess currently going on regarding the politics of our time, this planet of ours is so much bigger and wondrous than we’ll every be.

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We are not all that nice to each other or to our Earth at times, are we?

On Wednesday here in BC we will celebrate not only someone’s birthday but also Pink Shirt Day which is an initiative against bullying.

The theme this year “Make Nice”.

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I’d like to take that challenge a bit further and just ask everyone to practice kindness on a daily basis.

It isn’t easy.

Still the benefits so outweigh the difficulty of dealing with our anger and not projecting it elsewhere.   And if someone is hurting ask if they’d like to talk.

Listening is one the best skills any of us can have.  I have been working on this in a big way.

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Since joining a local Toastmasters chapter a year and half ago my listening skills have increased ten fold.  Still, there is always room for improvement and always will be.

We just passed Valentines Day.  At our Toastmasters meeting we were all asked to say one word that describes what love  means to  us.

After the fact I thought about this quite a bit.  How could one word define love?

And this is what struck me just before falling to sleep a few nights back.

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Love = Freedom

 

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Hate = Fear

Freedom is expansive…it encompasses so much!  Embrace freedom and surrender to a loving heart!

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Kindness matters…always!

 

 

 

 

 

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I Wish…


 

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We talk of the killings occurring  that are seemingly on a daily basis, and we don’t even live in the U.S.A.

The world at large seems to be in this state of extreme turmoil and stress.

This may sound simple.   It may sound half baked.

Why not try it though…just for good measure?

Let’s lay down our guns.  Remember what it is to really love unconditionally, then hold each other and say, “I’m sorry.”

Let’s tell each other we love each other, even if we don’t mean it.  Just try it. I dare you.

Maybe, just maybe, one life will be saved.

Maybe, just maybe, one person will learn to love again.

And maybe, just maybe, hope will creep gently back into our souls.

We have choices.  I choose love and forgiveness.

I hope you’ll join me.