I Am…

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Because of “I Am”…

I Am Strong.

I Am Able.

I Am Peaceful.

I Am Patient.

I Am Joyful.

I Am Loving.

I Am Wise.

I Am Enough.

If I Am…

Weak. Unable. Anxious. Impatient. Irritable. Unkind.

I Find My Way Back to Jehovah.

To His Throne.

Til He is My “I Am” Again.

“Love is the Toughest Minded Virtue” – David Brooks

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When I think of Love, I picture Soft.

Willowy.

Sun Dappling Through The Leaves Gentleness.

It is.

But it’s the Strongest of all Virtues.

For Love…

Keeps the Light On when Darkness Prevails.

Lends Warmth in the Most Toxic Environments.

Bends to Comfort in the Front Lines of Battle.

Heals Generational Pain.

Trailblazes Paths to Wholeness for the Weary Life Traveler.

Says I Forgive You when No One has Asked.

so Yes, Love is Tough

Tough Enough To Soften Us All.

Love You All…
xoxo

No Is Really Yes

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The Word No seems Restrictive. Punishing. Sacrificial.

But Really when we Say No, it opens the door to Say Yes.

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When we say No to Overindulging, we say Yes to Self Control. The endorphin rush from Advocating for Yourself feels better than any “Over Anything” ever will.

When we say No to Gossip, we say Yes to our own Integrity. And to the Integrity of Others. Others’ Pain is Sacred, we should treat it as Hallowed Ground.

When we say No to Lust, we say Yes to Love. Self Love and Love for Others. Nothing good comes from the Intense Fire of Lust, just Scorched Earth.

When we say No to Laziness we say Yes to Productivity. There’s nothing sweeter than the Satisfied Elixir of a Day Well Spent.

When we say no to Negative Emotion, we say YES to JOY. Probably my favourite of all Trade Offs.

So, for me, I will not focus on The No…I will see I’m really invariably Saying Yes.

I Say Yes.

xoxo

Martin Luther Had It Right…

We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.

Whether a country Builds Walls or Disallows More Immigration, it doesn’t Change The Fact that we Share This Planet Together.  We are Neighbours even if there is a Ocean Separating Us.  In My Completely Uneducated but Heartfelt Opinion, to be Nationalistic and Alienating other races as Less than Worthy or Putting Our Needs above the needs of other countries may Seem Good in the Beginning. But we all Need Each Other.  It never works to Be Selfish.  Putting our Needs First and Not Considering the Needs and Comfort of Others Never Works.   One day we will have A Need.   Invariably It Happens.  We will need someone to Consider what we need.  Put Our Needs in their hearts and minds.  We can expect from others, how we have treated them.  We can expect Tariffs.  Fines.  Denial of Support.

Our Forefathers of Democracy Had it Right.  They wanted a Country where Differences are Tolerated.  Compassion and Benefit of the Doubt were Bestowed Liberally.

Some Would Say that makes Us Patsies.  Easily to Be Taken Advantage of.  But if you Believe in Light Dispelling Darkness.  And Good Trumps (Did I Use That Word?) Evil.  Then we Must Have Courage to Live it.  Make it An Action.

Hold Onto The Greater Good Mentality.  Tolerate.  Support.  Show Grace.  After all, this Country was Built on Christian Beliefs.  We Believe that there is One Judge.  And One Must be Accountable For Himself.  Live the Truth.  Let Others Live Their Truth.  And Trust Your Creator to Do What’s Needed To Sort Out the Rest.

Here’s to Democracy.  Here’s to Freedom

xoxo

There’s Something About Sunrise

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(The view from my bed this morning…)

There is something so soothing about the weight of my precious Labrador Charlie pressed against my body in bed in the morning. The morning sun lightening the dark navy sky to a soft yellow. Newly fallen snow covering the branches of my backyard foliage, creating a winter fairyland. My bed is so warm and comforting.

I gently push Charlie off me and plant my feet in my cozy slippers. My robe is thrown on haphazardly as I do my morning shuffle to the coffee maker. The incandescent light of my kitchen softly welcoming my sleepy body to a new dawn.

There’s a tickle in my tummy. Life is exciting these days. For no reason in particular. It’s really just winter. It’s really just Calgary, Alberta. It’s really just my little home in the middle of the city. It’s also Wednesday, after all.

But in my chest is a beating heart. The sun has come peeking in my window again. The possibilities are endless! The experiences so beautiful awaiting me today…! A smile from a child. Laughter with a coworker. Something yummy in my tummy. Beautiful snowfall. A day in peaceful Canada. With peace in my heart.

Here’s to a sunshiny day to all of you!

xoxo

Celebrate The Ordinary

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My taxi driver wore a large print houndstooth dinner jacket today. With a scarlet thread. His pants were pressed to such a degree a military man of high station would be in admiration. He used to work at a upscale tailor in Dubai before immigrating to Canada.

Now he drives me to work somedays. Always dressed in his finery. With a smile. His cheery contagious spirit.

He celebrates the ordinary days. Every day is worthy of his best.

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Jimmy texts me from Tokyo. He’s one of the finest lawyers to grace the office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He wrote, “I was complimented on my shoes and suit today and I thought about what you told me. You said ‘Life is too short to spend it not dressed well.’ ”

Life is too short for an ugly outfit folks. Ask the taxi driver. Ask Jimmy. Ask me.

I Love You

xo