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96 hours without power, what would our ancestors say?

The last 96 hours without power left me with plenty of time to reflect.  I do have a generator so I certainly did not go without water or power to my fridge and freezer like so many.  It became very tiring though to lug the heavy gasoline jugs to and from the gas stations and there was the fumes, ohhh those gas fumes that give me such painful sinus headaches.  It was very hard planning ahead to leave for town because I had to make sure the generator had run for a few hours before and then run home as soon as possible to start it again.  And of course I had to bring my laundry into the Laundromat.  As I sat and lamented one evening at all the inconveniences I was experiencing I could not help but think of our ancestors.

Who only a few decades ago did not even know what electricity was, and even after it was invented most could not afford such a luxury.  I thought of the women who lugged heavy buckets of water from the wells and filled up bath tubs for the whole family to wash in.  How they would lug water, heat it on the stove to hand wash all the clothes! They certainly whore the same clothes more than once!  How the whole family ran to the outhouse and would think it such a waste to use so much water to flush a toilet.  How they would have to cut and store huge chunks of ice in the winter to over summer to keep things cold in the ice box.  How instead of having our meat in the freezer like we do today they had to hunt regularly to keep fresh meat on the table and learn to pickle and salt the rest to preserve for the winter.

I am sure if their spirits could communicate with us they would simply shake their heads in disbelief at how we have become so over privileged that we get so frustrated by having to live without electricity  for 4 days. I am sure they would say our priorities are way off!

I also thought about the future generations and my prayer is that my great-grandchildren will someday be sitting around a table laughing at this time in history when they had such wasteful ancestors who ran wires all around the world and got frustrated when the wind blew them down!  A time when we used dangerous and toxic fossil fuels and built nuclear power plants to generate electricity in those wires.

“How crazy that generation was” they will say.  That they will have finally let go of the madness and will all have their own wind and solar generated wireless connections to their environmental conscious homes.  They will have learned to eat clean whole foods once again and will live in harmony with each other and with Mother Earth.  They will look back at this time in history as a time of greed and temporary insanity!  To my future great grandchildren please forgive my over privileged life and the crazy legacy my generation left you!



Live on Purpose!

Businesswoman shouting her victory to the world


To live is not just to survive, but to thrive with passion, compassion, some humour and style.”
Maya Angelou

What words of wisdom from a woman who is such an inspiration for us all!  This New Year started off with a few challenges but as I have learned there are always gems of wisdom to be found when we are willing to look for them!

For me I am learning to embrace all of life!  This is what living life on purpose is! Not to simply survive but to thrive!! Most of us reading this have lived more than half of our lives.  We have loved, learned, laughed, cried, we have been hurt , lashed out, we have hated, felt guilty, felt deep joy and passion, and much more.  All of it is perfect! Why?…. because it has brought us to this moment! It is not about having a perfect life, it is about living fully the one we have!  No matter what circumstance we find ourselves in there is always a way to find the gift in it.

My New year is about living more fully in the moment and no matter what is going on around me to find ways to thrive!!! After all the best is yet to come!


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Compassionate wise questions can lead us too freedom.

I have been writing my memoir lately.  It has been quite a cathartic exercise for sure.  I highly recommend it to anyone.  I chose at this time in my life to write it from an observer and not a victim perspective.  Yes I had a very painful childhood but it gave me the foundation of who I am today.   I knew the time was right and as I write my story I have come to an understanding that this is how I am living my life now.  I am moving forward and no longer stuck in the past. It amazes me that as I turn 50 this year I have finally arrived to this point in time where I understand more of who I am and what I want in life!! Much of my journey of healing has come from asking myself wise and compassionate questions.  Early on I learned the power of this wisdom and was truly etched in me when I became a coach. Read the rest of this entry »

Let Japan’s beautful example be our wake up call!

The crisis in Japan is bringing back our focus on Honour.  I heard it said last night that it is not just compassion that the people of Japan are demonstrating but honour, something here in the West we have lost sight of a generation ago.  Some of the words that are associated with the definition of the word honour.  “Personal integrity, respect, dignity, source of pride, moral character or strength, or adherence to ethical principle”.

This topic has left me pondering this word.  The fact is that this horrific crisis is reminding the world what honour looks like, people are not only helping each other but they are honouring and respecting each others property. They are not taking ownership of anything but sharing the resources without any personal agenda attached.  People’s homes are left unlocked with signs outside inviting strangers in to fill their water jugs.  Others are coming home to find food and water left on their door steps anonymously. Read the rest of this entry »

A beautiful hermit’s legacy of living every moment fully present to life!

       An excitable little boy!

Just over a year ago we lost a neighbor and friend who will live on in our hearts as a reminder of what is truely important in life!  He taught me a lot in the short amount of time we spent together!

When we moved into a small little village over 15 years ago it was not long before I was hearing things about the hermit who lived on the hill on our road.  One day he stopped by and right away I saw this twinkle in his eyes that revealed a very deep soul, although when he opened his mouth it gave way to this series of expletives that made him sound like a pirate!  He talked harsh and sharp about some people he knew yet when he spoke about nature and his home and animals his heart opened wide and the words softened with the most tender loving voice and he became passionately fully present and alive!! Read the rest of this entry »