We’re together in this.

Friendly & safe greetings to each and every one of you:

What better way to restart a blog then during a global pandemic.  I have no excuse for the lack of consistency & communication other then it was maybe time for me to press pause, rethink and reset.  I suppose like many of us right now.

There is no handbook or manual on how to handle the situation we are currently in.  These are certainly unprecedented times.  Filled with a mixture of fear, chaos and of course panic.  Everything changes daily and these struggles are all too real.  Vulnerability, unemployment, economic downturn, uncertainty, rapid changes, new way of doing everything, the list goes on.

Every single one of us has or will react differently to the situation we are all in. In our own family, there have been different reactions and responses to all this – we all cope differently.  What is important is to be honest and transparent with how you are feeling.  We should not be judgmental ever, but especially now when people need to feel safe expressing their fears.  Try to be compassionate and empathetic with others. We are all going to need each other more than we have ever realized.

We all have a duty to be informed, diligently responsible, respectful and SAFE right now.  There are an incredible number of people who are working tirelessly in health care/essential services to help those who need it most.  Not to mention those who are going above and beyond to keep the grocery, fuel, transport, delivery & other necessary services available.  We all need to be grateful daily for these individuals.  If you’re one of them, GRATEFUL FOR YOU!

And as always, amidst all the fear and chaos, something beautiful surfaces.  We see signs of optimism and hope.  There are so many inspiring acts of kindness……people trying their best to cope and along the way, delivering some goodness, fun and joy to the temporary difficult situation we are all in.  We all need to be grateful daily for these individuals too.  If you’re one of them, GRATEFUL FOR YOU!

I do not have big answers to any of this.  I seriously do not.  I can default to being hopeful, grateful  and kind.  That’s what I choose!

Thank you for reading this to the end and for keeping yourself and others safe.  Together we are stronger – we truly are.  I’m very grateful for YOU.

Together & grateful,
Caron

 

It’s a small world after all…….

Love it, like it or somewhere on the opposite end of the spectrum, the song “It’s a Small World” written by the Sherman Brothers for Walt Disney’s attraction of the same name is claimed to be the most performed and translated piece of music on earth.  To that, I say wooohooo, haha and zip-a-dee-doo-dah!!

 

I am going to admit that It’s a Small World is one of my favourite Disney rides.  It never ceases to make me tear up, hearing these lyrics (yes, over and over and over again during the 15 minute or so ride) sung by animated dolls in their native language and seeing all the different countries represented with traditional costumes and unique cultural items.

Small World

The overall theme of the attraction is that of global peace and unity.  I’m sure most of you would agree that we need that more than ever in the world.  I recently read a statistic that stated there are 20 million people talking about what’s wrong in the world and approximately 2 million talking about what’s right.  How someone came up with those numbers, I’m not sure.  What it does indicate and I both hear and see signs of this far too often, is that many of us focus on the negative instead of celebrating the positive.  I am not saying there are not serious issues in the world; we all know that there are.  But by focusing on optimism, hope, love and compassion, and taking action with those values, we can create really good changes.

 

We are all so connected, there’s so much that we share and many of us forget that.  We get wrapped up in chaos that we sometimes create ourselves; in our lives of stuff and more stuff; we judge without seeking to understand; we don’t enjoy the present moment because we are focusing on the past or the future.  We forget that today is a gift, to be grateful, that goodness and kindness transforms lives, and that the people who cross our paths are just…..like……us.  They have stories and struggles.  They laugh like us, they cry like us, they have fears like us and they have hope like us.

 

Despite the fact that mountains divide and oceans are wide, how often have you heard it said that it’s a small world?  I bet that most of you have at some point in your life with the people you have met or situations you have been in.  The kindness of strangers, or you meet someone who knows someone you know or has been somewhere you have been, or you cross paths with someone who has common interests, or your heart and soul is captivated, and perhaps changed by the stories of another person, group of people or culture.

 

I am going to close today’s writing with this powerful and amazing statement…….a smile means friendship to everyone.  What’s really awesome is that a smile is free, costs nothing, zippo, totally BONUS.  It’s the best accessory that any of us can wear and definitely a gift we give another person (plus it makes us feel super dooper happy!)  A smile is an international sign of peace and friendship.  It crosses all language barriers, generations and cultures.  So go on, give it a try.  Smile more often than you do now at those amazing people who you encounter today.  Be that “good change” the world needs because it truly is a small world and we are all in it together.

 

To global peace, love and good changes,

Caron

 

It’s not over yet baby:   I bet, I just totally bet you were either singing or humming “It’s A Small World” while reading this story.  Come on, admit it.  And right now you’re smiling, because you feel really, really gooooooood.   And yes, I bet the song is stuck in your head now……you may as well just keep singing it my friend…….just go with it………just go with it all!   You’re welcome 🙂

Always be yourself. Unless……….

Well, what can I say?  Those of you who know me will not be surprised to read this post, especially my family!  I’ve been quite vocal about being true to ourselves, and letting our own uniqueness shine.  Indeed.  Then on the other end of dreamland I have quite often expressed that I want to be a fairy in my next life.  Now, in the unlikely event that some cosmic wires get crossed in the awesomeness of time and space, I thought I had better give my best attempt to live some of that dream now.

 

I believe that this all started when I was 4 years old and my mom took me to my first movie at a theatre.  The movie was Thumbelina or some sort of animated version of that with fairies and all things wonderful.  I could not believe the amazing experience I was having and all the excitement on the big screen and how things were so big and pretty and “how does this happen mom” and “can we do this again mom” and “I want to do that too mom” and…. well apparently I would not quit talking (really sorry about that mom).  The fairy dream could originate from realizing and knowing how magical life truly is or from loving all things that sparkle and glitter.  I don’t know, perhaps a bit of both!

Always be yourself………everyone else is taken!

 

Of course it’s so important to always be yourself.   I’ve written before about this important topic and of sharing your gifts and talents with the world.  It’s so exciting to realize who we truly are and what our calling is in the world.  To find alignment with our talents and purpose and to not allow others to sway us from our own light.  To be open to learning, growing, evolving, re-thinking, refreshing, renewing or simply starting over.  That’s the real “magic” of life.  So perhaps I would like to use my wand to sprinkle this epiphany on the world.  At the same time to share hope, peace and happiness with everyone because we are all in this journey together my friends.  Wow, yeah that sounds like the most AWESOME plan!

 

So here’s the deal.  Sometimes it really is fun to connect to our youth, to be playful and silly, to share little bits of our fun and whimsical self with others, to dream and let those dreams manifest in some way.  It connects us as human beings.  There are certainly lots of serious things that will pop up in our lives, we all know that.  That’s why self-care, loving relationships and living in gratitude and kindness are so important.  But it’s sure exciting to consider (and believe in) the journey that “pretending” will take us on!  

 

So let’s just go with this.  I thank you for taking the time to read a little bit of “whimsy” about me.  I just need to figure out the flying part (a temporary obstacle); everything else should be good to go. 

 

Should you see me out with there with wings and a wand….sprinkling love, hope, happiness, peace, glitter and pixie dust…..just smile and wave my friends, just smile and wave!

 

Yours in dreaming & believing (& sparkles),

Caron