Beauty in the Ordinary
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Even though I am over three thousand miles from Toronto and all the brouhaha that has been going on with the G20, the recent riots and news about a city scarred by these protestors, I started to think about personal safety. The house across the road from me has been broken into twice in just a few months, both incidences during the early morning hours and both when the occupants have been inside sleeping. The house is a small bungalow, and the first entry was made through an open livingroom window, the second through an unlocked back door. The second time the thieves took a flat screen tv which they had to disconnect, and carry out through a narrow door, navigating past an awkwardly positioned refrigerator. Not a dash and grab kind of break in. All the while three adults slept on without hearing anything, only to wake up to find most of their electronic equipment was missing. Talking with neighbours about this started to make me feel 'unsafe' about living in this neighbourhood, but lying in bed last night thinking about my 'safety', I came to the realization that being safe isn't about a 'place' somewhere. If I move from here to there will I be more safe? I don't think so. Being 'safe' is not a place it is a feeling, an attitude, a state of mind.I can't change people, I can't stop people from wanting to invade our personal homes, from being intruders and stealing things. What I can do is change how I feel about it all. This world with crazy and dangerous people, gangs of thugs like the 'Black-Bloc', can terrorize us and keep us living in a state of fear only if we choose to allow them. I am not scared or scarred by them, and neither should the city or people of Toronto. I am not a victim of petty theft because my neighbours house was broken into. I choose to feel safe because I know that my neighbours and the majority of people that live with me in this city, join me in sharing a set of common values, these values include trust, truth, respect for one another that create a shield of safety around me. These common shared values create a barrier repelling the toxicity of the minority. We need to focus on strengthening these values, creating stronger communities of like-minded individuals who seldom meet each other but share a collective consciousness of love and trust. A 'safe place' is then a relationship with all people who have reverence for one another and everything in this beautiful world. It is an environment of people who are connected by their souls, who have a silent agreement to live by a code that honours and respects each other to live each day in grace. Rise up people of Toronto, rise up to your common shared values...step into your Higher Selves ...walk in truth knowing that you live in a city where you can always feel safe.
J. The brouhaha is over, all the bigwigs have flown home, and Toronto is left to clean up the mess and to lick it's own wounds. What will not go away any time soon, is the damage done to Toronto's image. No longer the 'cleaner, gentler' city, Toronto will be forever scarred by the ugliness inflicted by the few.
These meetings are as much a showcase now, for what I believe to be the worst examples of our human behaviour, as they are a coming together of the heads of state. It's a sad and sorry state of affairs. As Rex Murphy states below, these people give protesters a bad name.
Rex Murphy protests the Black Bloc
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Right now we are in a different time with a different order of Leadership...the old ways don't work any more and some people are still clinging to them. The backward thinkers of this world cannot see this or perhaps are scared of the changing ways...For the 'Good of All' and selflessness, is taking over from self-interest and cynicism, even if it's taking a beating on the way.
Companies today will only survive when they serve with courage, authenticity, service, truth-telling and love, because those companies that do are reading the needs of our society in our world that is changing at an incredible speed.
Breaking ground takes an incredible amount of courage. To be a leader, the one at the front means taking the first hit.
Bringing passion and meaning back into work, will inevitably bring it into this world.
This gives me hope.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
After twenty years of this abuse, they do need re-tinning however. I am having a heck of a time finding someone who does this. If anyone knows of such an angel, that exists within driving distance of Niagara on the Lake, I would love to hear about them (shipping them anywhere would just be silly).
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Having said all of that though...l love the way it looks!
p.s. Heard from V. this morning. She travels back from Big Sur tomorrow. Says the course has been wonderful and exhausting and promises lots of interesting news next week. I can't wait!
J. One of our local breeders has a litter of American Bulldogs for sale. I am so tempted, I love these dogs. Shall I? Shan't I. It's been almost 13 years since we've had a dog...do I even remember how to train a puppy? What to do!!