Forgiveness creates room for more...

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

~ Paul Boese ~

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There is power in our words

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

~ Buddha ~

The hummingbird story was told by Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai in May 2006 at a conference on poverty elimination in Montreal. The story she shared is:

Pay attention. Act with intention.

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

~ Jose Ortega y Gasset ~

I have been struggling with my lower back. Struggling to sit, to walk, to feel comfortable without its aching reminder, I am out of balance.

It is getting better, but sitting is still the thing that makes it cringe.

So I have been honouring its call to be quiet, to relax, to lay low and let it heal -- with the help of my chiro and massage therapist of course!

The Love Bird and inner gifts

Your life has an inner purpose and an outer purpose. Inner purpose concerns Being and is primary. Outer purpose concerns doing and it is secondary. Your inner purpose is to awaken.

~ Eckhart Tolle ~

You are beautiful just the way you are.

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

When I walk into the Choices seminar room on the Wednesday morning, I know that miraculous happenings are afoot. That wonder and awe are in the wings, waiting breathlessly for the trainees to arrive and step into their embrace.

The Victim Story

A wise woman [or man] wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman [or man] refuses to be anyone's victim.

~ Maya Angelou ~

Later, after I have climbed down from my high horse, he will tell me that he didn't like the ride either. But, while I'm on it, while I am riding high and feeling mighty, I convince myself he's lovin' it.

And it only makes me madder.

It had begun with a silly comment, an incident of not too big circumstances.

The Story of Your Life

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.

~ Phillip Pullman ~

Story is a powerful force. It has come to us through the millenia. It has carried us through time. From the first cave woman who pressed her hand against a cave wall to tell the story of her presence, to the over 1750,000 blogs that are started every day, we are a story-tellling people.

I am a trusting woman

We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.

~ Walter Anderson ~

One of the core processes of the Choices week happens on Friday afternoon when the trainees stand in their small circles and explore the question, “What do I want more of in my life?” to come up with their Contract word.

A Dog's Guide To Life

The bravest are the most tender; the loving are the daring.

~ Bayard Joseph Taylor ~

It took but a moment for Ellie the Wonder Pooch to wriggle her way into our hearts. It will take eternity to erase her footprints.

Thank-you - by Alexis McDonald

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~ Anatole France ~

It has been a challenging and a sad week. Last Monday, I lost my wonder pooch, Ellie, who journeyed beside me through some of the most difficult days of my life. She was my ballast, my strength, my companion and I miss her.

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