It’s not the guns that are coming over the border that are killing people, it’s the mentality that is leaking upwards into Canadians that is making people desire weapons.
We are not American….yet. If we begin to emulate their behaviour, how will we be able to distinguish our identity? I would love to believe that the tragedy in Florida this past weekend would never happen here, but I know that’s delusional.
So, what do we do?
Ignorance is the only thing that leads to our self-destruction not only has a culture, but as a human race. Living in the information age where any piece of data is at our fingertips, we need to change how and what we learn in schools. Perimeters and Shakespeare are still relevant, but we need to focus on how to evolve the human spirit so that we can take all that we learn and build a utopian world – not one bent on being the best.
Margaret Heffernan’s “A Bigger Prize” should be taught in schools. I often refer to it as my bible not because it preaches, but it teaches how we can grow in alliance and collaboration and still be successful and profitable. It’s not difficult as long as you are willing to give up this notion that being “the best” is worth selling your soul for.
We need to stop focusing on the guns. Let’s turn our attention to what triggers the brain into thinking that picking up that gun is the answer to any problem.
My prayers go out to all the family and friends of the mass shooting in Florida. Let’s work together to make sure this never happens again.
To quote my 18 year old self:
“If you’re not a little bit crazy, there’s something wrong with you.”
I’m not talking about mental illness, which is a serious ailment that needs to be treated as earnestly as any disease of the body.
No, I’m just talking about those who colour outside the lines, dance to a different beat, think outside the box, etc.The definition of the word crazy differs from every person’s perspective, but also in the context it is used.
In respect to artists, I think what’s important is to not allow that freedom of thought to escape you and keep the creativity flowing even if it’s not that good, or not commercial enough to sell, or looked upon as crazy. We are so hung up on money, that we’ve closed our colourful spectrum of imagination for fear that we will be seen as too abnormal.
Go crazy and let your mind soar!
Go to the podcast my husband and I have recorded about songs that deal with that word “crazy”:
Back in high school, a girl who hardly knew me came up to me and said that she often associates people with animals and that she saw me as a llama.
For whatever reason, that has stuck with me over the years. The llama is a useful and social animal that has a great sense of curiosity. I guess that I can be those things, but mostly curious as I see myself primarily as a seeker; a seeker of truth, love, joy and of what makes people tick. The llama is also just under the radar – not a lovable creature, nor unbearably ugly. It doesn’t have anything that makes it top of mind when people are asked to name an animal.
I guess there are worse things to be associated with.
January 1st never seemed like a new year to me. My new year always seems to be closer to September 1st. Maybe it’s a school thing or the fact that summer is over again, but autumn is my fresh start. Still, I like to gather with friends and family and hand out a questionnaire to be opened the following year.
Here’s some you may want to ask yourself and/or others:
- What have you learned about yourself this past year?
- What kind of changes can you make that will make you a happier person to be around?
- What will your reading list include this year?
- What do you predict will be the hottest news item of 2015?
Reflection doesn’t hurt even if you don’t feel that December 31st is a legitimate evening of celebration. Don’t be a Debbie Downer – find that little spark of hope within and smile tonight.
If something is difficult, just give it up.
I don’t mean give up. What I mean is to give the worry, the stress, the anxiety that the task or problem is giving you to a higher power. It’s out of our hands anyway, so it’s best to just go about living without all that futile tension.
The job will become easier without the weight of stress on your shoulders. So, whether you believe in God or not, doesn’t it just make more sense to not allow the negativity to take over your body? A certain trust of the ebb and flow of the universe to be able to “give it up” is required. Trust is not an easy verb, I know. In the end, it’s a choice that’s up to you.
Bob Marley makes giving it up a little easier:
I’m literally holding myself back from starting my holiday baking. I’m itching to get started because there are so many recipes that I want to try for the first time like:
Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate Christmas Fudge
Loaded Pretzel Cookies
and they should all fit nicely into an edible bowl that I will wrap and deliver to some lucky dogs that I call friends.
I believe that variety is the spice of life, (I believe Oscar Wilde was the first to lay claim to that remark) and that can be found in my cookie basket, my variety of skills and even the different types of subjects I blog about.
Obviously, I get bored quickly. Still, I find comfort in keeping some things in my life a constant; this includes my familiar home, my loyal husband, and my yummy, dependable pecan tarts.