Wednesday, 30 October 2013


Don’t feel guilty about 
making things easy for yourself. 
- Author Unknown

Monday, 28 October 2013


Calm…means finding a truer, deeper 
understanding of life’s problems.
 - Author Unknown

Friday, 25 October 2013


Health is the greatest gift, 
contentment the greatest wealth, 
faithfulness the best relationship. 
 – Buddha

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


Tranquility can be reached 
once you are able to accept 
that life is unlikely to go 
as you had planned.
- Author Unknown

Monday, 21 October 2013


Nothing has ever happened in the past 
that can prevent you from being present now; 
and if the past cannot prevent you 
from being present now, what power does it have? 
– Eckhart Tolle

Friday, 18 October 2013

October 18, 2013 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

   The municipal elections are just around the corner.  I encourage everyone, in municipalities with elections taking place, to make the time to mark a ballot.  You might as well, because there are many folks who are being deprived of that opportunity to vote this time around.

   As is often the case during election campaigns, the hot button is change.  Many candidates run on a platform that they will bring in change, in whatever form is most important to them, be it in spending, infrastructure, taxes, etc.

   Making changes are really easy.  Anyone can make any kind of change.  However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the change is good or right. 

   To make beneficial quality changes in any area of life, not just the political arena, requires approaching change with a totally different mindset.  You must want something more than you don’t want something.

   For example:
  • You must want peace and harmony more than you don’t want war.
  • You must want to be a responsible citizen more than you don’t want to get caught by the police
  • You must want health more than you don’t want illness.
  • You must want happiness more than you don’t want sadness.
  • You must want growth more than you don’t want the status quo.

   Now the two parts of each statement above may seem like they are saying the same thing, but they aren’t.  There is a world of difference between the two phrases.

   When you come at change from the mindset of “I don’t I will get rid of/change…” you are fighting a losing battle.  You are resisting the situation, and the cliché “What you resist, persists,” is all too true.  Changes may be made but they won’t last, or will bring about unexpected and detrimental results.

   On the other hand, if you come at the change from a mindset of “I want...what do I need to do to achieve that?”  You aren’t resisting anything.  You are looking to enhance whatever situation you are in.

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013


Am I thinking, “When will this be over?” 
or am I thinking, “When can I do this again?” 
 If I am asking the former, 
then I am probably operating outside of my giftings.  
 If I am asking the latter, 
it is a good sign that I am operating in my giftings. 
 – Marcus Buckingham

Monday, 14 October 2013


You already have everything you need…
It’s mindset…that separates 
those who do from those who dream. 
– John Bingham

Friday, 11 October 2013


Be aware of your breathing 
as often as you are able, 
whenever you remember.  
 Do that for one year, 
it will be more powerfully transformative 
than attending [spiritual] courses.   
And it’s free.”   
- Eckhart Tolle

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


Your entire life journey 
ultimately consists of the step 
you are taking at this moment.   
There is always only this one step, 
and so you give it your fullest attention.  
 This doesn’t mean you don’t know 
where you are going; 
it just means that this step is primary, 
the destination is secondary.   
And what you encounter at your destination 
once you get there depends 
on the quality of this one step.   
– Eckhart Tolle

Monday, 7 October 2013

Strong Will

The difference between
 perseverance and obstinacy 
is that one often comes from a strong will, 
and the other from a strong won’t.   
– Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, 4 October 2013

October 4, 2013 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

   If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart   

   Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we all have so much for which we can be thankful - big things and little things.

   But too often, life crowds in and we forget that we should be grateful.  That is, we forget until Thanksgiving rolls around in October. 

   We should be thankful ALL the time.  Not just one day, or weekend, in the year.

   No matter what the circumstances in your life currently are, there is always at least one thing you can find to be thankful for.  And once you find one, you can find another, and another, and another.

   Some things that I am thankful for include (however, this is by no means a complete list):

  • I’m alive!
  • my health is improving
  • I have multiple options in many areas of my life and live in a country/province/municipality that allows me to explore those options
  • time to rest and heal
  • friends and family who care about me
  • the lovely weather
  • I have a roof over my head
  • I have food to eat
  • I can try new recipes
  • playing with my niece
  • I am still able to put The Chautauqua together and share it with all of you
  • visiting with friends
  • the blessings that I am showered with daily

   As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Upside down

When your entire world seems upside down
you can either attempt to put it to right again 
or stand on your head.
- Author Unknown