Friday, 17 October 2003

October 17, 2003 Chautauqua

 
From the Editor's Computer     

   I’m sure you’ve noticed that sometimes your life just hums along, everything going right as decisions and actions come almost effortlessly.  That is the time when we are so happy to be alive.

   Then there are the other times.  The times when you feel like you are fruitlessly banging your head against a brick wall.  Nothing goes right and every action is a major struggle.  Times like this you don’t want to even make a decision.

   If you take any difficult situation and get down to the basics, it usually means one of two things - either your on the right path, or you are not.

   If you faced with one difficulty after another, one disgruntled customer or client after another, one negative outlook after another, you might want to re-examine the direction you are traveling.  Perhaps you know that you are going the wrong way, but are too stubborn to admit it…

   On the other hand, you really could be on the right track and life still seems to be sending you through the wringer.  That is when you need to sit down and examine yourself - your beliefs, loves, fears and concerns.  This could be a time of growth for you. 

   Muscles grow strong through resistance and humans grow strong through adversity.   We think better and grow more when we are faced with challenges.  When this happens, we are forced out of our comfort zone into the unknown. 

    Life is an adventure...are you growing!
 
Beth

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Friday, 3 October 2003

October 3, 2003 Chautauqua

 
From the Editor's Computer     

   I have been fortunate to once again vacation by Alix Lake.  It has been a delight to see the multicoloured leaves reflected in the waters, watch the ducks gathering below my window and observe the sun set over the waters.  The early morning mist rising over the waters lends a mystical air to the scene.

   I took a walk around the Lake one afternoon.  It was a delight to walk along with the wind rustling the leaves overhead and my feet crunching the leaves below.  I was able to see where the beavers have been busy this year.

   Fall is an exciting time of year.  The days are getting nippier.  The leaves are changing colour and drifting to the ground.  The gardens and fields are being harvested.  Fall is also a time when many of us sign up for classes to learn new skills.

   As we approach Thanksgiving, we are reminded to count the blessings in our lives.  Despite everything that has happened this past year, we still all have lots to be thankful for.  Do you have eyes to see and a heart to appreciate the beauty around you...give thanks.  Are you healthy...give thanks.  Are you employed...give thanks.  Do you have friends and family that you are in contact with...give thanks.  Does your life have meaning and purpose...give thanks.  Did you wake up this morning...give thanks.  Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Beth

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