How can we make the world a better place?

“One thing I know – the world’s been good to me. A better place awaits – you’ll see.” –Glen Campbell (A Better Place) Each one of us can talk about our pain, our struggles, our upsets in life, our disappointments, our moments of despair – because we’ve all been through some sort of trauma or hardship. We might think ours was more difficult than someone else’s or vice versa, but hard is just hard – no better or no worse. Sometimes life just looks like a big pile of crap, and when you are in it, it sucks. It sucks regardless of whether you know for a fact that it’s temporary and won’t last. It sucks because sometimes you can’t “fix it” – all you can do is sit with the anguish and wait for it to dissipate. There is often no way of knowing when it will show up in your life and no way of knowing when it will be over, but things which happened in our past CAN be healed. As ‘they’ say: “Time heals everything.” Give time time. When time has worked its magic, you can look back on life with greater clarity. (I’m sure many of us have thought “If I only knew then what I know now” at some point in our life.) Often this happens when people are on their death beds – or at least later in life. It is possible for this to happen sooner, but we seem to spend so much time holding onto grudges, basing our current behaviour on past experiences, and just being stuck in a fear,...

I’ve been living the simple life and loving it!

“Spend my days in the sweet sunshine. Rock in my swing, and watch my garden grow. Oh, I wanna live the simple life, yeah.” –Simple Life (Carolyn Dawn Johnson) I’ve noticed a trend in my life lately…it has to do with how much I am really enjoying the simple things in life. What exactly does that mean? Well, I guess it’s probably a little different for everyone, and for me it looks a little something like this: -spending a day with my Mom…doing nothing in particular -home cooked meals with my family -going on errands with my uncle -sitting around a bonfire with friends -stargazing on a beautiful summer night -listening to live music -walks with my dog -coffee with a friend -dinner out with friends/family to catch up and have a few laughs -going to the beach -hanging out on my deck with family and friends -harvesting veggies from my garden -a Skype call with a friend who is 4800kms away These are what might be considered (by some people) to be ‘ordinary’ moments, and they are exactly the kind of moments I suspect I will remember with a special fondness late in life when I’m reflecting back on the things I did with my life. “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder~ Now, don’t get me wrong! I am not saying that I don’t have any more dreams and goals or things that I aspire to do; there are many new experiences that I plan to take part in. I...

Finding sunshine on a rainy day

“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright (bright) bright (bright) sunshiny day.” -I Can See Clearly Now (Jimmy Cliff) A few weeks ago, I planted some tomato, basil, and cilantro seeds in a tiny pot and mini greenhouses. Much to my amazement, they actually started growing!! As they grew taller, I noticed that they began shifting towards the window – towards the sunshine. I knew plants did this, but I hadn’t seen it in a while, and it struck me how everything in nature does what it needs to survive and live an optimal life. Humans are the exception here on Earth. Humans are the only animals who focus on the struggle long after it’s gone. We spend hours, days, even years re-living the past. We re-tell our painful stories over and over – sometimes to the point where we don’t have the capacity to even feel joy anymore (because we are still trying to numb the pain from the old event, which simultaneously blocks happiness from entering our lives). We also spend a great deal of time worrying about the future, asking the hypothetical “What if…?” question and causing ourselves unnecessary stress and grief. Neither of these behaviours serves us in the long run – not as individuals and consequently not as a whole (the population of the planet). “Happiness comes from within and is found in the present moment by making peace with the past and looking forward to the future.” ~Doe Zantamata~...

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