Learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” – Orison Swett Marden

images1The common things in life are really quite extraordinary.

Most of us take every day things for granted and don’t even notice their value until we lose them.

When I was 19, I thought it would be a great idea to play two-on-two tackle football in a parking lot.

I may, or may not, have been a tad tipsy at the time.

Doug was on my team. He weighed about 130 pounds in wet clothes.

Our opponents weighed 200+ pounds each.

Long story, short; I was charged as if by a raging bull.

My body flew into the air like a cannon ball.

And I landed somewhat sideways on my right bent-in-an-unnatural-way leg.

Thankfully, I didn’t break anything.

But I tore some ligaments, and bruised some muscles and my knee swelled up to twice its size.

I wanted nothing more than to be able to run through a field of flowers.

Our bodies are amazing, no?


Walking and dancing and running and even brushing my teeth seems so common yet they are extraordinary activities if you really think about it.

Friday Pick 124

I first stopped in to visit Lex at her blog how I survived myself because she is the daughter of my friend Louise Gallagher who suggested I check her out. I quickly discovered that Lex is a gifted writer in her own right and clicked follow because I appreciate her honesty and vulnerability. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

In Lex’s own words:

Alexis lives in a tiny apartment with her boyfriend J and her 342 scarves. Born and raised in the heart of Cowtown, she also has quite the collection of cowboy boots. When not writing, on her yoga mat, or running along the Vancouver seawall, she can be found breaking the silence surrounding disordered eating with the local non-profit organization Project True.

This week, I’ve chosen the post below as my Friday Pick.

In this post Lex explores her relationship with her grandmother…

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and tell Lex Diana sent you…

day 6. only love by how I survived myself


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We’re all going to be seniors one day

The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural Virginia community during the Great Depression and World War II.

The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer’s Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural Virginia community during the Great Depression and World War II.

It seems when we don’t know what to do with a specific demographic of people, as in the case of the elderly, we tend to group them together in one place and pay professionals to take care of them in that place.

God bless these professionals!

They do great work.

But is there evidence to build a case for supporting seniors with professional caregivers, family and neighbours within their existing communities?

And if seniors continue to have a purpose within their families and neighbourhoods, do they, and the rest of the community for that matter, have a better quality of life?

Sure, we have pretty busy lives these days.

It’s not like it used to be 100, or even 50 years ago.

You know, like on The Waltons where Grandma and Grandpa lived with the family and contributed to the raising of the children and the work required to the run the household.

But could there be a better middle ground?

Recently, I read about how Care Villages support the elderly when someone posted it on Facebook.

I was very intrigued with this concept and also shared the article on my own Facebook page with the following comment:

I worry that when we stick a bunch of seniors into care facilities and isolate them from the rest of society, they can lose what gives them joy in life, thereby seriously hampering their quality of life.

There is a town in Japan that boasts the largest number of folks over 100 years old. The community of all ages remains integrated and grandparents and great grandparents are involved in the lives of future generations.

I believe that the young and the old have much to offer each other. What can we do, and how can we support more initiatives like this?

I am reminded of a documentary I saw not too long ago about Okinawa, Japan having the highest proportion of people 100+ years old at 34.85 per 100,000 people.

These vibrant folks still enjoy farming and remain fully integrated in their families and communities!

Their lives are filled with purpose and meaningful connections.

They work. They laugh. They socialize. They seem so…young at heart!

Check out this video I found on YouTube!

In Canada alone, the number of seniors aged 65 and over increased 14.1% between 2006 and 2011 to nearly 5 million.

By 2063, the share of seniors in the population will climb to about 25 per cent from 15 per cent currently, with much of that shift taking place over the next 15 years as the baby boomers age.

Meantime, the number of seniors over the age of 80 will jump to nearly five million compared with 1.4 million last year, with the number of centenarians soaring ninefold to 62,000.

It is in all our best interest, to figure out a better way to deal with aging populations.

One that gives our seniors purpose and keeps them integrated, healthy and contributing in our society.


We’re all going to be seniors one day.

I don’t know about you but I’d like to have this figured out before I’m a senior!

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
Meister Eckhart

imagesThis weekend Canada is celebrating Thanksgiving.

What better day than today to talk about thankfulness?

And what better way to do that than list off some of the things that I am thankful for?

I am thankful for my parents who immigrated to Canada and worked hard their whole lives to build a better life for our family.

I am thankful for my daughter, my future son-in-law and his beautiful 3-month old daughter – I’m an Oma!

I am thankful for my brother who is also my friend and for a while in my early teens, my only friend. I am also grateful for my sister-in-law and my amazing nephew.

I am thankful for my life-long friends who are like family to me.

I am thankful for all the opportunities I have had and continue to have in this beautiful country.

And I am thankful for you, my beautiful readers and writers. <3

It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy


What are you thankful for?

Related article: 10 Reasons Why Gratitude is Healthy

Friday Pick 123

I dropped in to see Patty’s blog, I Am Not Sick Boy, the other day when Patty had stopped by to comment on one of my posts. Patty hasn’t been blogging for very long, but I get this sense that her blog will make a huge difference to other parents who are trying to help their children suffering with illness. If you know anyone who is in this situation and needs access to information and encouragement, let them know about Patty’s blog.

In Patty’s own words:

HI, I am Patty Alcala and my blog is named ‘I Am Not Sick Boy’ that will provide some answers for those parents and loved ones who are caring for their chronically ill child. I am a Physician Assistant with many years of medical experience in my background. But, nothing could have prepared me for the confusion and frustration that was ahead for me when my youngest child, Alex, was born with varied chronic problems. It is my intention to help you get through the web of insurance, hospitals and doctors so you can get down to your real job: Taking care of your child.

This week, I’ve chosen the post below as my Friday Pick.

In this post Patty explores the difference between chronic and acute illness…

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and tell Patty Diana sent you…

Is it chronic or acute? by I Am Not Sick Boy


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Fall Out My Window

IMG_20141006_103052Not ‘fall‘ or ‘jump’ out of my window.

But fall, the season, as seen from my window.

I’ve read so many posts from a handful of you recently about letting go.

Letting go of the outcomes.

Letting go of the things I cannot control.

Going with the flow.

Riding the wave and enjoying the scenery.

So although the end of summer has caused me sadness in the past. Perhaps even had me momentarily thinking about jumping out of my window, I’m gracefully easing into fall this year.

Looking back, it was a great summer.

We had lots of good weather and I spent a great deal of time outside.

Looking forward, I anticipate a good fall.

Discovering ways to enjoy the outdoors, dressing as required to stay warm.

Living in the moment.

Below, some pictures I took on the first day of fall and a bonus end-of-summer creatively crazed selfie in poor light….



Looking back, how was your summer? Looking forward, what are you anticipating?

Do good, especially when you don’t want to

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” ~ unattributed

kindness-3There seems to be a dispute about whether or not this quote can be attributed to John Wesley or not.

In fact there’s a whole website dedicated to the quotes John Wesley did not say.

But who said it, doesn’t matter nearly as much to me as what the quote suggests.

Doing good.

Right now, using all the gifts at your disposal, no matter the circumstances.

No matter where you are, what time it is, who you are with and how much time you have left, is a worthy endeavor.

Not just when you’re at the top of your game; when all the pieces are falling into place.

But do good when your bottom’s falling out.

When you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Do good when you don’t want to; especially when you don’t want to.



What good thing can you do right now?