What We Can Find Again

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Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. ~ Roy Bennett

As soon as I read today’s quote, it made me think of children and how they take in the world with such awe and curiosity.

From the moment Michaela could string a sentence together, she began to question everything.

I can still see her big round eyes looking at me as she carefully listened to my answers. And if she still did not understand, she asked more questions!

What I loved the most is when she finally understood an answer to a question like why are some kids starving for example; she was not satisfied with because-that’s-the-way-it-is answers and would call it what she believed it was – STUPID.

As we transition from childhood to adulthood we lose something important that changes how we view the world.

Maybe we put blinders on so we can cope.

Maybe we’re told so often that we can’t fix something, that we start to believe it.

Maybe other things that affect us directly just take priority and we reason away our responsibility to others.

~ DIANA’S ENORMOUS BOOK OF QUOTES ~

It’s amazing what you can find again by just watching a child.

Friday Pick 165

Nayana over at It rains in my heart started her blog to practice her writing. Although she wonders if she is indeed a writer, I’ve read elsewhere that one is a writer when one chooses to write. I think Nayana holds her own – check out my Friday Pick below and see if you agree.

In Nayana’s own words:

I like to talk about everything…mostly..every conversation of mine turns into a monologue…. So I decided I should start writing a blog..rather than chat…. Besides all that rubbish, I’m very much passionate about music, psychology and literature….

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

In this post Nayana shares a poem about the lights in her life…

Go ahead and visit the link below

and tell Nayana Diana sent you…

JEWEL ROUND THE NECK by It rains in my heart

~ FRIDAY PICK ~

*I’ve closed my comments in hopes that you will leave a comment on the writer’s page*

I Kinda Like Edmonton, It’s Not Scary At All

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5:30 sunrise – Edmonton Alberta Canada

I had arranged to meet my northern colleagues in Edmonton this past Monday, and I’d decided to come early so I could spend some time with my daughter, Michaela and her boyfriend Stephen.

That way I wouldn’t have to drive three hours there and three hours back in one day.

I always get all turned around when I drive to, and try to navigate, another city. I have no sense of direction whatsoever. In fact, it’s a fair bet that if I feel strongly about going one way, I should probably be going the other way!

Luckily, I only had to circle once to get to the Ramada Hotel when I arrived in Edmonton on Saturday afternoon.

The kids met me at the hotel for dinner. Much to my dismay, it was Karaoke night.

I don’t like Karaoke and I’m not very good at hiding my dislike of Karaoke.

Turns out my face gives me away and I just can’t keep my opinions to myself.

Me, Michaela and Stephen

Me, Michaela and Stephen

If loose lips sink ships, I sunk a whole fleet!

I really don’t mean to be disrespectful or rude – honest!

It’s just that Karaoke is the equivalent to fingernails scratching across the black board to me.

Michaela was a tad mortified by my behavior but aside from that, we enjoyed a nice dinner, caught up on all the latest news and met some really cool people!

The next day, I met the kids in their part of town.  We enjoyed a lovely brunch at Smitty’s and afterwards they introduced me to their two Siamese cats Lily and Keetah and their hamster Enchilada…

no that’s not it – Fajita

nope that’s not it either, Burritos – yeah that’s it!

They also brought me to the coolest coffee shop in St. Albert, a small town on the outskirts of Edmonton.

The best coffee shop in St. Albert

The coolest coffee shop in St. Albert

You know…I hear a lot of talk about rivalry between Calgary and Edmonton.

Something to do with hockey, I think; Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers. Or the Calgary Stampede vs. Klondike Days. Or Edmonton is getting a new arena and now we want one too or something along those lines.

I suspect the two cities secretly like each other though, why else would Calgary have a street called Edmonton Trail and Edmonton have a street called Calgary Trail?

I guess I’ve never really gotten caught up in that whole Calgary/Edmonton rivalry because I’m from Montreal originally, and I know the real important thing is The-Montreal-Canadiens-are-better-than-the-Toronto-Maple-Leafs.

Dinosaur on Calgary Trail in Edmonton

Dinosaur on Calgary Trail in Edmonton

I kinda like Edmonton. It’s not scary at all!

~ HUMP DAY CHRONICLES ~

Does your city have a rival city?

Integrity

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Wherever you go, take yourself with you ~ Lolly Daskal

You know what’s really hard to do?

Trying to guess and do what would please someone else, even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally do – that’s what!

Not only does it make you feel awkward, most times it doesn’t work. It’s true what they say, people can spot a phony a mile away!

The mal effects go beyond that one circumstance as well. Because if you do this often with a variety of people; you will appear flighty and inconsistent to others.

And inconsistency is percieved as a lack of integrity. Being a person with integrity requires you to be the same on the outside as you are on the inside. It means that people who know you can predict how you will respond to a given situation.

The truth is you cannot possibly please everyone anyway. But chances are you’ll gain more respect from others by being consistently true to yourself and your values, than you will by pretending to be someone else.

In the end, it just makes more sense to bring yourself everywhere you go.

– DIANA’S ENORMOUS BOOK OF QUOTES –

Do you bring yourself everywhere you go?

Friday Pick 164

If you’re looking for practical advice, common sense or information about living off the land while respecting it, you will want to check out Bill’s blog over at Practicing Resurrection. I’m pretty sure you’ll love his blog as much as I do.

In Bill’s own words:

I’m a farmer who is confident that love wins. The title of the blog comes from Wendell Berry’s wonderful poem “Manifesto:  The Mad Farmer Liberation Front.” 

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

In this post Bill reminds of me the sage advice of aboriginal people when they ask themselves how will my decision today affect the 7th generation…

Go ahead and visit the link below

and tell Bill Diana sent you…

Far-sightedness by Practicing Resurrection

~ FRIDAY PICK ~

*I’ve closed my comments in hopes that you will leave a comment on the writer’s page*

Are You Feeling A Bit More Cramped Lately?

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MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE YOU ARE!

I watched a documentary last night that addressed the history of human population growth. For most of human history the earth’s population was pretty much static. People were hunters/gatherers and lived in small family groups.

Eleven or Twelve thousand years ago when people started farming, it allowed them to stay in one place. Larger groups of people began to form and were able to share ideas and become more innovative.

Human population stayed around 10 million until, and only exploded around, 250 years ago. The documentary went on to say that very specific moments in time were the beginnings of what society is today and allowed us to live in larger and larger towns and cities.

Things such as the perfection of the steam engine that birthed the industrial age, and the invention of metal letters from wooden ones that spurred huge numbers of people to learn to read and write, the first electrical grid that powered fifty-odd houses, the invention of shipping containers that led to cheaper world-wide trade allowing more people to enjoy foods from different lands and so on.

Did you know that the first telegraph from the Queen of England to the President of the United States was 99 words and took 17 1/2 hours to send?

And now with texts, emails and tweeting, the narrator said one would have to start reading them when Christ was born and we’d still be talking.

I was amazed to learn that NYC is the world’s biggest and most culturally diverse city. Did you know that over 800 languages are spoken there?

Did you know that 80% of electricity is still powered by coal? That Canada uses 2% of the world’s electricity? The USA uses 19%? Europe use 14.5%?

Did you know that 93 million barrels of oil are produced each day?

Did you know that over 350,000 babies are born, and 150,000 souls leave every day?

Did you know that 2006 was the first time in human history that more people lived in cities than on the land?

Did you know that at any given time 500 million people are on an airplane going somewhere?

The world is more interdependent and dependent upon technology than it has ever been. A sudden power loss can literally shut everything down.

It now takes roughly one acre of land to feed one American. By 2050 with a projected world population of 9 billion people, four will need to live off that acre.

With growing populations, increased mining of finite resources causing more pollution and affecting our water and air, shrinking amounts of land for agriculture, what new innovations will need to happen for the human race to survive?

I found the whole thing very amazing and very terrifying.

If you’re feeling a little more cramped lately, maybe it’s because you are.

~ HUMP DAY CHRONICLES ~

* I’ve written this today from what I can remember. It’s entirely possible that I have a few of the facts a bit wrong, but I don’t think it takes away from fact that the human population used to take thousands of years to grow by the same percentages that only take decades now.

You Get What You Give

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“Look up to the sky
You’ll never find rainbows
If you’re looking down.”
– Charlie Chaplin

Do you want to see the rainbow? Is there something missing in your life?

Are you seeking forgiveness for something you’ve done?

Do you long to belong?

Do you wish others were more loyal to you?

Do you struggle to establish trust in relationships?

Do you feel misunderstood?

Do you yearn for acceptance?

If so why not

accept others for who they are?

seek to understand?

demonstrate that you can be trusted?

stick by your loved one in hard times?

invite people into your life in spite of your fear of rejection?

Look up and see the rainbow?

Four things you can do to bring more of what you desire into your life:

  • Think about what would make your life more satisfying
  • Make a list of your top three desires
  • Think about how you could fulfill these in someone else’s life
  • Go out and do it

What have you got to lose by trying? At the very least you will have made someone else’s life more beautiful.

~ DIANA’S ENORMOUS BOOK OF QUOTES ~

Let me ask again.

Do you want to see the rainbow?