In person or in spirit, may you find yourself close to those you love and care about.
Krismasi Njema – Joyeux Noël – Merry Christmas – 즐거운 성탄
Peace, Hope, Joy, Love… Redemption.
Hopefully you find yourself surrounded by these values, and ready to pass them along this season, and in the year ahead.
In thoughts, or in person, may you be with those you love and care about, and celebrate that which is important to you.
The Thanksgiving holiday is drawing to a close. As has become the norm for my favourite holiday, this Thanksgiving has been about spending time with family and friends. There has been some hockey, some time in the mountains, some physical activity outdoors, some filmfesting, and some eating of good food – all activities I am fortunate to be able to do, and thankful for.
This year I am particularly thankful for hope and positive thoughts. We are challenged in many different ways in our lives, but sometimes unexpected challenges, those life changing challenges can make things seem bleak and negative. We have all had challenges, and to have witnessed friends and family overcome challenges with the help of hope and positive thoughts. Admittedly, feeling hopeful, and feeling positive are not the sole factors that guide us through life’s challenges. However, they are helpful, and they do bring us closer together. Thus, thank you for sending out hope, and sending out positive thoughts to those people in your life who need it – on Thanksgiving, and throughout the year. As a wiser individual than I noted, thoughts ultimately lead to much more, including actions and habits.
On this Thanksgiving, thanks for sending out out hope and positive thoughts.
A couple of years ago I wrote about Canada working towards something. A great deal has happened in our country, and in our world since then. There have been questions, and debates about the future direction of our country. Nevertheless, I do not believe we are on the wrong path. We may not always make the perfect choices, and sometimes we may stumble backwards, but generally we are moving in the right direction. We are moving towards equality, towards responsibility, towards respect. There is still much to be done in all these aspects, but I remain so very grateful, and feel so very fortunate to call this country home.
In March I had the pleasure of attending a wedding outside of Montreal. In attendance were people representing all regions of our vast nation: Pacific, West, Central, East, Atlantic, and North. There were so many differences, but it was all so very Canadian, very together. As I prepare to spend time away from Canada I start to notice those things that I will proudly reference as I travel. In many cases, it is our people, and our potential that I will reference the most. While there is still much work to be done on this project we call Canada, there is a lot of hope we will get there.
Enjoy your holiday! Celebrate that which makes us different, celebrate that which can bring us together, and let’s work on our potential!