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

 

Something worth sharing. Thank you.

It never ceases to amaze me when I come up with a theme/idea to write about.  I receive so many “signs” that tell me to just go with it.  Today’s article is no exception.
 
It appears as though there is a Global/World/International Thank You Day.  How interesting and awesome and how does one go about securing a unique date to celebrate a topic anyways?  I would like to give a shout out to those who organize the related events, increase awareness and promote change.  But I really want to be known for living a “thank you life”, for noticing and acknowledging people, and for encouraging others to live a “thank you life” as well.  Yes, that’s what I really want and  I hope you do too.
Thank you for:
 
  • Children who make us proud – grandchildren who keep us young
  • (Re)connecting with relatives & friends
  • Spouses/partners who complete us
  • Those who held our hand, lifted us up, carried us
  • Mothers, fathers, guardians and in-laws who inspire
  • Sisters and brothers and the fun memories of youth
  • Those who believe, those who challenge, those who encourage
  • Students, teachers, mentors, classmates
  • Childhood friends
  • Friends who stay and keep in touch
  • Those who show up and those who go
  • All the cousins, aunts and uncles
  • Employers who lead, co-workers who help, staff who go above and beyond, customers and clients
  • The healers, the caregivers
  • Those who dream and share their dreams
  • Brothers and sisters-in-law and the nieces and nephews
  • Those who listen, those who help, those who give, those who are there  
  • Grandparents who dance and win at cards
  • Neighbours and connections
  • Sons-in-law and daughters-in-law who care
  • The brave, the honest, the vulnerable, the change-makers
  • The amazing people who cross our paths with awesomeness
  • Those we don’t know who show kindness and compassion
  • Those who need us, those who trust us, those who share their stories and truths
  • The lessons, celebrations, opportunities, courage and life-changing relationships.
 
Feel free to use this image I created in Canva, however you want.  Copy and paste it, forward it, save it, share it, print it off, enlarge it, tape it here-tape it there, frame it, send it, gift it, post it far and post it wide………..something worth sharing.  Thank you and I hope you agree!

 

Caron