Friday, 13 October 2017

Solutions

You are surrounded by simple, obvious solutions...
The problem is you just don't see them.
 - Jay Abraham

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Faith

Faith is willingness to take action
 on that which you can't see. 
- Author unknown

Monday, 9 October 2017

Today

Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.
 - Good Housekeeping magazine (September 2017)

Friday, 6 October 2017

October 6, 2017 Chautauqua


Beth's Ponderings


   How well are you able to handle change in your life?  Okay, now be TOTALLY honest - how well are you able to handle change in your life?  If we are honest, most of us resist change of any nature with every fibre of our being.

   We are entering a time when things are going to change for some communities.  Elections are on Monday, October 16, and the results will mean that changes are on the horizon.  Maybe the changes won’t be big, or overly dramatic, but there will be changes nonetheless, and the more we are able to accept them, whatever they are, the better.


   Incidentally, I can tell you some people can’t seem to handle that after ALMOST 16 YEARS, I updated my picture that goes beside my words.  If you can’t handle a small change that doesn’t affect you personally, how can you handle changes that do?  And quite truthfully, I have changed (aged) in those years, and I’m not 28 any more. ;)

Beth


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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Trust

Magic happens/every moment/
you release fear/and trust the flow 
Your best self/will trust yourself/
to play the notes/you do not know 
- James McCrae

Friday, 29 September 2017

Candle

Your job is to protect your candle and keep the flame alive. 
It does not matter how many people 
see your candle or how big the light grows.
 The only thing that matters is that your flame always burns. 
The people who will benefit from your light will find you. 
You may wish you had a bigger candle, or you will be tempted
 to abandon your candle so you can bask in the light of another's. But, when you allow your truth to shine, everything you need
 is already within the flame of the candle you were given.
 - James McCrae

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Shine

When a light beam shines on a surface, 
it shines without judgment or hesitation.
 If an object is placed on the floor and blocks the light's path,
 the light does not resist or resent the object. 
It continues to shine without judgment or hesitation 
on whatever it encounters with equal dedication. 
The light beam's nature is to shine. 
It does not concern itself with what it shines upon.
 - James McCrae

Monday, 25 September 2017

Place

The planet doesn't need more “successful” people...
It needs people to live well in their places. 
- David Orr

Friday, 22 September 2017

Enjoy

All of the animals except for man 
know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
 - Samuel Butler

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Don't Fit

If you feel as if you don't fit into this world,
 it's because you're here to create a better one. 
- Author Unknown

Monday, 18 September 2017

Door

Don't worry if a door doesn't open for you. 
It's not your door. 
- Colette Baron-Reid

Friday, 15 September 2017

September 15, 2017 Chautauqua


Beth's Ponderings

   It seems whenever elections of any nature, or level of government, come up, suddenly there are serious personality clashes that didn’t seem to exist before, and opponents do all they can to discredit the others running against them.

   So, it should be no surprise that we are seeing a number of politicians getting into trouble of some form or another, with the most recent being Strathmore MLA Derek Fildebrandt.  What makes his situation a bit more “severe” is that he was part of the Alberta Tax Payer’s Federation prior to being elected and is accused of activities similar to those he used to criticise other politicians of doing.  Some of his constituents feel betrayed and have adopted a “how the mighty have fallen” attitude.

   I don’t know Derek personally, nor do I know all the ins and outs of the situation, but rather than a case of the mighty falling, to me, it is just another example of how easy it is to criticize from the OUTSIDE when you don’t know exactly what’s going on INSIDE, for him and us.

   To some degree, we are all guilty of this.  We think we can run the government, or our local community organizations, much better than those who are currently doing the job.  We think we have the answers to fix our family’s, friends’ and neighbours’ lives, solving all their problems, whether we’ve been asked for our advice or not.

   While, it is true that an outside perspective can give valuable insight and clarity, and provide answers that those in the situation are too close to see, more often than not, those outside are missing vital information that only those on the inside are privy to, information that makes a significant difference to the situation at hand.


   Nomination Day for municipal elections is just around the corner, and if you are called to run, I strongly encourage you to do so.  However, it is very important that we have individuals running for our municipal councils who are willing to do the best for our communities, not individuals who think they can come from the outside and “fix” whatever they think needs fixed.  What we see from the outside is merely the tip of the iceberg of what is happening.

Beth 


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