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The Absurdity Of Chance

By pure chance, we were born into a country that is peaceful and free. By chance, others are born into violence and poverty, fear and war.
Instead of treating yourself to emotional reactions punctuated by hate and fear, absorb the absurdity of chance.
Do not relinquish your empathy. Fathers pass on the hurt that they neglect to heal. We all feel pain and chaos. We’ve all experienced varying degrees of anguish and despair.
We are all citizens of this world.
These are not problems we can fix with our hands. There are people who are aggressively unhappy, people who reserve the worst parts of themselves for others, people trafficking in lies.
People who keep evil in their pocket.
There are people who don’t care about anything that actually matters; people who are so busy trying to justify their venom, they don’t realize that there is a point from which they can’t come back.
But do not give up on this world that we live in. The path to a universal breakdown is lubricated by fear.
Busy yourself living a life so full that there is no room for fear. Grasp on to moments of happiness as though they are life preservers saving us from becoming swallowed by the darkness.
Do not give up on this world.

Oh, The Places We’ve Been

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A wise woman once told me to never love material things.

“Never love anything that can’t love you back.,” she said as though she was singing, like the Irish often sound.

The truth is, when I think about all of the most incredible and beautiful moments in my life, I don’t think much about the fancy hotels we stayed in or how big my house was, or all the gadgets and toys we were lucky enough to have.

No, I remember the moments of pure beauty.

These past two years, without even meaning to, I’ve kind of made a habit of making my own dreams reality. And it’s not even until weeks after I’ve done something, that I reflect upon it and think ‘Hey! I always wanted to do that! and I just did it!’

It takes me a bit to realize the enormity of that.

Every time I see something that takes my breath away, I think it must be the most extraordinary place in the world, until I see something else that takes my breath away. And this cycle continues over and over until I’m able to string together enough remarkable moments that I can collapse under the weight of Gratitude.

Whatever your beliefs or non-beliefs, there’s something very spiritual, and infinitely bigger than yourself, about the experience of truly being in the moment outside of anything man-made.

And when you immerse yourself in it, it all comes back; the sounds, the smells. A sense that you were made to do this.

You don’t have to go to the Himalayas or climb K2 to experience adventure. We live in Nature’s playground. It’s right in our backyard.

It’s one magnificently beautiful view surpassing the next. The only struggle is which scene to capture and how to describe it in words.

If you let go of all you’ve learned to forget, you’ll remember it’s exactly where you were intended to be.

The world will love you back if you get out there and allow it.

Sun: Smack-Dab in the Middle of Winter

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Sunshine in the Winter is in short supply in Canada.

Winters can be harsh and unforgiving. The wind bites at you and dampness settles right into your bones. There are days when it steals the breath right out of your chest. By the time we near the end of January, it can feel never ending.

But every so often, the sun comes out.

People have a real and tangible reaction to  sunny days – especially in the Winter. “Good mornings” come easier and smiles aren’t as hard to earn.

In January, the sun makes the dullness of dormant trees look instead like proud soldiers who have stood strong through many more winters than you have. They too, have resolved to be brave.

It casts a glitter all over the snow, to remind us that before it was sullied by salt and dirty tires, we just might have enjoyed how pretty it looked.

For those who really cannot stand Winter, sunshine awakens the part of them that gets sucked into despair.

For those of us who walk everyday, it feeds us, and recharges us just enough to make it until the next bit of sun.

Even on the coldest days, the sun serves to remind us that warmer weather still exists. It promises its grand return if you can just hold on for a couple more months..

We have this innate desire to seek out the sun. It’s why so many Canadians escape to warmer destinations one week at a time in the Winter.

And although it’s hard to reason as to why we don’t all live in tropical climates 365 days a year instead of suffering one more frigid day, remind yourself that there’s a price to pay for living in paradise. I’ll happily choose to find the good in Seasons instead :)