Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Choices.

 “Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First we make our choices. Then our choices make us.” Anne Frank

There are point and click games in which all you  do is click on a key character and direct her to move in various directions. Every direction changes the outcome of the story. 

The constant choices for the character to go down a specific road, take a risk, explore a new area, creates a completely new adventure for her. You make the choices, your character lives the consequences of those choices - good or bad. 

It's the same in life - we make choices and those choices ultimately make us the person we become.  

Thinking back to choices I made in the past, some of them I wish I could have a do-over, a retake. 

Other choices changed me and reshaped my life for the better. The best was my decision to trust God. 

Choosing to trust God broke the darkness colouring my life. And it turned all my angst and pain and frustration into total awesome - awesome because once I did made that choice, peace replaced despair, and hope replaced all the sad. 

Happy Thursday Guys.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Nature.

“As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?” Anne Frank

I climbed up the steep stairs to the annex where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis. I felt chills run through me. 

It was haunting being there, knowing eight Jewish families had lived in hiding holding onto hope that they'd make it out alive. The area was small, tight, dark. 

I wandered into the tiny room where Anne slept and looked out the small window. Still there strong and proud - the chestnut tree she saw. The sight of that tree against the sky and the birds flying by gave Anne strength, courage and hope. 

In February 1944 Anne wrote, "The two of us looked out at the blue sky, the bare chestnut tree glistening with dew, the seagulls and other birds glinting with silver as they swooped through the air, and we were so moved and entranced that we couldn’t speak."

And in May 1944, “Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It’s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.”

I get what Anne felt because in nature I feel strong, free and full of hope.  Nature gives me hope even in the worst situations.

I'm incredibly grateful for nature's sights, sounds and smells. I go to the woods nearly every day and always come home happy, and incredibly peaceful. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thankful Thursday - People

"History isn’t about dates and places and wars. It’s about the people who fill the spaces between them.”  Jodi Picoult

I had a history teacher in grade 5 who taught me to see the people behind the events.  

She asked me do a project on Thomas Edison. "Don't just write about what he invented," she said. "Get into his head, and  into his skin. Feel his passion. Get hold of his dreams. Know about what motivated him, and the people who cheered him on, and those who didn't."

That project helped me see beyond the surface to the human being - a man who refused to give up on his goal; a man who tried and failed and tried again. 

That learning stayed with me. Today, I love love love history because I know it's all about people's dreams, passions, greed, frustrations, losses and loves. The basic human experience!

We're heading out on a road trip to explore one of the most historical places in the states - Massachusetts.  It's a first for us. Never been before. Looks like it's gonna be another awesome adventure.

Happy Thursday, guys.