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Doing the right thing… or not….

Sometimes when you feel like you’re doing the right thing, it turns on you.

I did what I thought was the right thing recently. I reached out to someone from my past when I heard they had been in a serious car accident. Our friendship had ended in not a great way and while I do not regret ending the friendship, I still wanted them to know that I had heard about the accident and wished them a speedy recovery.

I was actually surprised to get a response to my email, and it was not a pleasant response. It just reconfirmed to me that I did the right thing by ending the friendship. If someone had reached out to me from my past to wish me a speedy recovery, I would like to think I’d reply with a thank you and leave it at that. But that’s just me. But then again, maybe I would reply the same way.

So did I do the right thing by sending out well wishes? In my eyes, yes. I wanted them to know I only wished them well. The response I got was a reflection on them, not me.

Sometimes we make hard decisions to do something without really knowing how it will work out in the end. I did what I felt was the right thing. They saw it a different way.

Life goes on. I will close my eyes tonight knowing that my mind is clear and my future is bright.


Daily Thought – September 29

On the day of the first Presidential debates, which is bound to be exciting and probably a bit frightening to listen to, let’s all remember that we are all in this together – right and left – and that we need democracy in this world to keep things running smoothly. We also need to be kind to one another. We need to be aware that everyone has something going on in their lives that may be stressing them out. Let’s just be more aware of our family, our friends and our neighbours – we all need each other during this difficult time. Love to all. Be safe everyone!

Showing love at this special time of year

Christmas is not particularly my favourite time of year – I’ve had some not so great memories of the time, but I have also had some pretty good times too. I have found it has become very commercialized and that it’s all about gifts. Giving is showing love, but the expense of giving has become a bit ridiculous in my eyes. Seriously – what 10 year old needs a brand new iPhone? None.

I was recently reading Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (by Richard Carlson), and one of the chapters strikes me as relevant this time of year.

“Tell 3 people (today) how much you love them”. The beginning of this chapter asks the question “If you had an hour to live and could only make one phone call – who would you call, what would you say, and why are you waiting??”

Christmas, for some, is rather depressing, for many reasons. A lot of people have lost a family member and this is the time that they wish they were still around. Some people simply can’t afford Christmas (this was me as a single mom many years ago – I did without so that I could get my kids something for under the tree – not that I regret one minute of it, but that was just the way it was).

So today, instead of thinking and stressing over the Christmas rush, take a minute to call someone and tell them that you love them. It’s only a minute out of your day – surely we can all take a minute to tell someone we love them.

I hope we all can have a peaceful and loving holiday season, and I hope we can all remember the true meaning of Christmas – whatever that may be for each of us.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Feliz Navidad, Veselé Vánoce, Joyeux Noël, (I think you get the picture).

Love to all this holiday season. And remember, be kind.

Be Kind to Each Other

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day – a day to remember those who fought for our freedom.  A day to remember the sacrifices they gave up so we can be free to do what we want now.  It is a time to reflect.  To be thankful.  To feel the love that is around us.


I spent the day today visiting my daughter – having lunch and wandering around Hamilton, Ontario.  Since I have started traveling, I have started watching people even more.  One thing that was interesting today was seeing so many sour faces walking around in Hamilton.  So much sadness in their faces.  I made a point today to compliment people that I saw, to leave a good tip at lunch to make my waitress know I appreciated her time with me, and to smile at people in the mall to hopefully give them a bright spot in their day.


Today has been such a special day – a wonderful day with my daughter, spending quality time together, and having a heartfelt talk tonight with my son.  I have missed my kids while I was traveling and am so grateful to be able to have the ability to talk to them every day if we want to now.  I want everyone around me to feel the love that I have inside, to know that life is such a precious commodity and that it is oh so short in the scheme of things.  If you want to do something, do it!  If you want to eat chocolate cake for breakfast – do it. If you want to do something crazy (and legal) – do it!


One of the most important things to do is to be kind to each other – to show each other that we are all worthy of being here.  The veterans that we remember tomorrow are the people we should be very grateful for making this world worthy to be living freely in.


I make an effort every day to be kind to every customer that comes in to the store I work in.  I smile and have a kind word to everyone.  I believe that because of everything I have seen in my life gives me a new way to look at people.  I want to be kind to everyone.


I am grateful for those who went to war for our freedom, and I thank them all for their service.  I choose to be kind to everyone I see, because of this gratefulness that I have in my heart.  So let’s be kind to one another and make this world a better place.