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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What I learned this year...

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1. Life is a gift and we're all on borrowed time. Chose wisely how you spend that time. you will one day be just a memory, chose the memory you wish to be for others.

 2. We are blessed. More blessed than we can imagine. We did not earn our wealth we were born into it. It's important to share it, because it is not really ours any ways. The earth has shared with us.

 3. We do not choose our circumstances but we choose how we behave within them. I have been very blessed these past few years because while they have been the hardest, I have miraculously gained many more friends and family along the way. I consider that one of my greatest accomplishments.

 4.Sometimes lighting a candle really can change your whole world. One tiny flame can light up your life.

 5. We have unlimited love and kindness within us but limited energy in our life. Hold the world in your heart and do what you can to give back, but be wise with what you spend your energy on. It's ok to let go, you can still love from afar.

 6. Embrace what you have and who you are. It's the only way to be at peace.

 7. Even if you are merely grateful for a cup of coffee or an easy comute that morning remember to sit with that gratitude. Gratitude can change your attitude.

 8. We are all the same in the world. My son is just like any other canadian little toddler but kids look different in the news or on tv programs. Somehow they seem so far away. All kids are the same and deserve our commitment to helping them, and the planet they will inherit.

 9. Laughter really is the best medicine. Really. I promise.

 10. It's more important how you build yourself back up, than how you fall apart.


 I have been very lucky this year, and in many ways I feel like a different person. Africa changed me in ways that are not quite describable but that has made me view life in North America through very different eyes. Sometimes eyes of gratitude and sometimes tears of frustration. It's been ife changing. My son has given me a great deal of perspective. At this time of year it has been a challenge to see the extreme wealth in contrast to the orphanages with babies wrapped in soiled t-shirts because they have no diapers. Children desperate for a family. Children just like our children, our nieces, nephews, grandchildren. When we realize that, it is almost impossible not to change how we go into the holiday season. The season of giving needs to be with us all year and needs to extend beyond our four walls. I have been lucky indeed for all my experiences, some that broke me down, but ultimately left me a better person. I hope. Thank you for everyone who was part of our journey, part of our year.

We are very very grateful. J xx 

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