Let the Light Shine

Just as darkness resides in the light, light resides in the darkness.

In dark times, it is important to follow the light. The stars and the moon will light our way.

As an old Chinese proverb says, this to shall pass.

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People are Afraid

People are afraid. They are afraid of themselves. They are afraid of what they can accomplish. They are afraid of being alone. They are afraid of others. They are afraid of being judged. They are afraid of the unknown.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

Always remember, this too shall pass.

We need love more than anything!

This is from a blog of mine I posted a few years back.

Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace.. -John Lennon

We are all one. We are all the same. We all strive to be acknowledged and to be loved.

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.” – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu puts it so elegantly. Why are we trying to fix those around us when it is us ourselves who are need of fixing. Look deep within yourself for change and watch how the world around you changes as you change yourself.

I noticed this when I returned from maternity leave at work. Certain people had left our group and were replaced by more calming people. After having kids my attitude had changed. I did not feel as stressed, and I had learned that you need to be flexible with your expectations when something out of the ordinary arises.

We teach our children from a young age to love one another and to share; yet as a society we have a difficult time doing that. Let’s set our differences aside and first learn to love ourselves, then portray that same love outwards to the rest of humanity. As the Bible and many other religions say, “Love thy neighbor as you would love yourself.” – Matthew 22:37-39.

The presidential election in the United States has created a whole pot of turmoil. People have become upset over the choice of electors in voting in President-elect Trump. Now I know Trump has made many racist remarks. Yet if we took his campaign slogan, Let’s Make America Great Again,  we can turn this around to promote peace and love.

Now I’m not an American, however, my viewpoint of making America great should involve a coming together instead of pushing more further apart than ever before. We are all human. We may look different on the outside, yet we are all the same on the inside. We all bleed the same. We all want to love and be loved. All of humanity has the same basic instincts of survival. Making America great should involve setting our differences aside to come to build the country people see in their dreams. Take time to learn something about your neighbor. If you have a new neighbor, bring over a plate of cookies and introduce yourself. People do have a good side to them. Stop thinking that everyone is out to get you.

I pray for my American friends that they may find peace and love.

A Cup of Good Cheer

I believe what everyone needs this holiday season is a cup of good cheer. I don’t necessarily mean indulging in alcohol either.

This holiday season has felt challenging and for most of the month I have felt like, what my husband calls, the bahhumbug Grinch. We had been dealing with some issues that were causing great anger in me, along with needing to watch our finances a little closer. This toppled with the fact that we hadn’t hung our Christmas lights on the house, nor had we gotten a tree. I was also behind in my usual Christmas baking.

Then finally like a puzzle, all the pieces started to fit together. We got our issue to a point where we can enjoy some quality family time. A neighbour suggested to drape some lights in our bushes since I was too chicken to climb up onto the roof. We eventually got a Christmas tree set up. I got a bit of baking done. Then we hosted our annual Christmas party. For the past few years my oldest daughter has hosted a Christmas party. We invite a few of her friends and their families. This year we had 2 families join us and we had an awesome evening. The evening was filled with friends and good cheer. It was exactly what the bahhumbug Grinch needed to grow her heart.

It is all too easy to get wrapped up in the gift giving. Trying to figure out what to get the people who have everything and figuring if you can afford everything you want to do. We tend to forget the true meaning of Christmas. It is not about all the presents. It is about spending time with our loved ones.

Have a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

The recipe for world peace!

This post I wrote 4 years ago is even more true today. We need to now, more than ever, seek peace, love and light. We are all human. If you look at each person on the inside, we are all the same. 

Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace.. -John Lennon

 

We are all one. We are all the same. We all strive to be acknowledged and to be loved.

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.” – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu puts it so elegantly. Why are we trying to fix those around us when it is us ourselves who are need of fixing. Look deep within yourself for change and watch how the world around you changes as you change yourself.

I noticed this when I returned from maternity leave at work. Certain people had left our group and were replaced by more calming people. After having kids my attitude had changed. I did not feel as stressed, and I had learned that you need to be flexible with your expectations when something out of the ordinary arises.

We teach our children from a young age to love one another and to share; yet as a society we have a difficult time doing that. Let’s set our differences aside and first learn to love ourselves, then portray that same love outwards to the rest of humanity. As the Bible and many other religions say, “Love thy neighbor as you would love yourself.” – Matthew 22:37-39.

A Happy Ever After

True happiness cannot be bought. It cannot be amassed at the sacrifice of others. True happiness is found within one self.

You cannot change another person to be happy. You cannot force another person to be happy. They must look inside to find their own happiness.

Everyone has a dark side. As much as everyone has a light side. The ying and yang seek to balance one another.

There will always be a battle between good and evil. What we must seek is the balance between the two. 

Everyone can find their happy ever after if they are willing to seek it out.

La Vida Loca

I haven’t blogged in quite a while as I’ve been living a vida loca.

The summer started out with a BANG! My husband quit his day job to focus on growing his BBQ business. We thought we’d ease into it nice and slow. Yeah right! Instead we jumped into the deep end and have been treading water ever since.

Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for how well our business has been doing, and I’m excited every time Ryan tells me we have a new event or he made a new contact.

One thing I have learned over the course of this summer is it is important to take time out for yourself and your family. Our house has certainly not been spotless, and some nights dinner consists of sandwiches and snacks. Even if it is simply a few minutes here or there where you sit down and put up your feet for five minutes.

Some people fail to realize the effort that goes into running your own business. They think you have all this time to fit in side projects and do your day-to-day housework. They fail to realize that you may have gotten up at 6:30 am to put a load of meat on the BBQ before ushering your kids to swim lessons. They fail to realize you had to respond to a few phone calls and emails. They fail to realize you still need to run to the next town or city to stock up on supplies. If you simply get these few tasks done you feel like you’ve achieved a great day. Not to mention that you still need to be a parent and spend time with your kids. The wife works full-time and needs to be a mom and a helper with the business. Often times whisking the kids to bed then helping package BBQ. Not to mention working the Farmer’s market on weekends and helping to cater.

We make a great team. Yes we have our moments, yet we help each other to persevere through the tough spots so we can reap the rewards.

As mentioned, our house may not be stellar. Our lawn and yard may not be perfectly manicured. Projects that need to get done around the house may take a little longer to finish. That is my vida loca.

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