I'm joining Service Space because ... My father sent me a very inspirational video of a Pavi Mehta presentation. I didn't realize a movement such as this existed. And now I really want to be part of this beautiful positive energy.
A good day to me is when ... When I laugh and feel love
My hero in life is ...My parents.
My favorite book is ...Just finished reading "Letters to my Grandchildren, by David Suzuki. It was very heartwarming and a great inspiration!
One thing I'm grateful for is ... All of nature
Nov 06, 2016, 1 comments, 5 smiles The Awakin call this morning was wonderful! I'm feeling illuminated and inspired by the very heartfelt words of Justice Robert Yazzie of the Navajo Nation. I very much agree with him that the justice system should not simply be a means of finding blame and issuing punishment, but thought more of as a means of restoring harmony to society. He suggests that ways of doing this are sitting in a healing circle configuration to discuss an issue or crime and having family members, from both sides, present. He feels that having everyone present can help get to the root of the problem and thus enable people to make changes. I applaud the honourable Justice Yazzie for challenging the system he was redirected to as a child and then rediscovering his roots and the ancient wisdom of our First Nations people. Taking the good from both systems Is more likely to create a harmonious society in the long run. Thankyou Justice Yazzie for the inspiration and Thankyou to all the wonderful people involved in arranging this program!
Dec 02, 2015, 2 smiles GOODNESS IN ALL BELIEFS. I had a discussion with someone today regarding their concern about offending anyone at work by having a Christmas party or by putting up images of Christmas trees etc. I told her that it was very kind of her to be concerned, but I was always taught that there is one Supreme power/God and that, quite simply, there are many different pathways on which to travel there. I think we should all celebrate the existence of this power in as many ways as we can! We can be respectful of all beliefs because the underlying message is always goodness. She seemed relieved and happy by my response.
Nov 15, 2015, 6 smiles I read a news story today about a forest floor that moved as though it were breathing. In fact, the reason the ground was moving in this way was that the densely intertwined roots below were helping the trees above from toppling over. As the trees swayed in the harsh winds, the roots moved up and down and forwards and backwards to support the trees. It's not only an amazing natural phenomenon but also a great analogy for what supportive human groups do for one another. When members of our groups are in trouble we too have systems of support that are there to help us! We should always have faith in that!
Nov 06, 2015, 6 smiles On my way home this evening I drove by some very enterprising children! They were jumping up and down at the corner of the street with huge signs in their hands that read, "HOT CHOCOLATE, $1!" I laughed as I drove by! I turned back at the next corner so I could go back and purchase some hot chocolate! I've seen lemonade stands in the summer, but I had never seen a hot chocolate stand in the fall! What a brilliant idea I thought! I decided I would give them $5 for the great idea and on the stipulation that they would think about giving a portion of the extra money to charity. They looked very thoughtful and finally the older boy of the three said, "Well maybe we could give to the children's hospital?"I smiled and said that the children's hospital would be a great place to donate! He smiled as the ... Read Full Story
Oct 20, 2015, 1 comments, 8 smiles Yesterday I read a sign in front of a church that read, "Don't be upset about having dirty dishes. At least you have something to eat." I believe this message was for me. Earlier that morning I had gotten into my car to find that someone had unlawfully entered it, made a mess and had taken some change! I was shaking all the way to work and felt very violated. I kept thinking, "I would have given it you if you needed it. Why would you steal from me?" Then when I got to work I heard about a co-worker's cousin who had taken his own life over the weekend. Suddenly my problem didn't seem so bad. And yes I have more than enough to eat. I have so much to be thankful for. It's all a matter of perspective sometimes isn't it?
Oct 17, 2015, 3 smiles Today I gave to a charity that helps women look and feel better while on chemotherapy treatment. It's amazing how a makeover can make such a difference to a woman who is not only fearing that her life may end but also has to suffer other physical distress such as loss of hair and a constant state of exhaustion. I bought three tickets for the raffle and asked the lady to give my tickets away to the next person. They were happy to do so! I walked away and was then rewarded by bumping into a booth for the Girl Guides! I bought my favourite cookies from the sweetest little girl in pigtails. My lovely afternoon ended by seeing my favourite cashier at the grocery store. She always calls everyone, "honey or dolly or Hun!" She must have called me honey and dolly at least 5 or 6 times during our ... Read Full Story
Oct 15, 2015, 1 comments, 4 smiles I was taking my fifteen minute walk break at work today when a sweet elderly gentleman asked me for directions. He was going to his physiotherapy appointment. I pointed him towards what I thought was the right way but he seemed hesitant so I walked with him up the stairs and down the hall to be sure. He was right! He was not in the right place! We were directed down another hallway and still couldn't find the right place. Finally we decided to call his wife and found out that he was in the wrong complex altogether. The poor man looked so sad and lost but tried to keep positive and kept thanking me. He was so disoriented that we couldn't even find his car right away. When we finally did, I gave him directions on how to find the other complex which was down the road. I hope ... Read Full Story
Sep 20, 2015, 4 comments, 4 smiles A labyrinth is a very special place. We visited one two weeks ago. It sits in a secluded clearing next to a marvelous river called the "Blaeberry". The journey through it was enlightening. I began by standing thoughtfully at its entrance, inhaling and exhaling deeply before gingerly stepping in. I watched every step I took. The more I walked the calmer I got and the less I paid attention to every step. I realized that I really couldn't go off course. Even if I had my eyes closed, the labyrinth was designed to lead me to It's centre. So I let it lead me. I was so much more at ease, and able to think more clearly about decisions and problems and gratitudes and love, once I stopped worrying about where I was going. Suddenly I made the connection between the labyrinth and life. In life, if we were to believe that ... Read Full Story
Aug 31, 2015, 1 smiles My daughter works for a law firm that specializes in immigration law. Recently she helped a very destitute woman get her permit to work here. The woman was so thrilled to receive the permit, that she bought my daughter a drug store gift certificate and my daughter's boss some milk for her baby who is due to arrive next month. These were such beautiful and genuine gestures of kindness and appreciation given by a woman whose entire family was killed in war. She cried as she hugged and thanked my daughter and told her that God will follow and bless her whole family. My daughter later told me, "She loves you too Mom". And I told my daughter to tell this woman that I love her too. I wish her all the best in her new home. I wish that peace and harmony will eventually bloom and flourish in her heart. It will take a long time but I wish her love and happiness in her new life here.