They May Try to Take You Down – Get Up and Keep Going

They May Try to Take You Down – Get Up and Keep Going

There are times when others come at you, they attack you, feel the need to put you in your place, keep you down and feeling less than. You can decide it’s easier to be small, be quiet, keep you head down, take yourself out of the picture and retreat into the shadows. You think it will be safer. But inside you know being less so they can be more is not the answer for either of you. There is another choice. You can stand back up. You know that retreating into the shadows will only make you Vitamin D deficient. Keeping your head down will only cause you to miss where you are meant to be going and being small will only result in poor posture. So read the following and don’t give up and don’t give in to those who believe they’ll feel better about themselves if you feel like crap. Hang in there and keep your head up, keep being, keep doing, keep going. Found on the wall of Mother Theresa’s Bedroom People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centred. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Be successful anyway, If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build it anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway....
Inspiration All Around

Inspiration All Around

My dear friend Louise is off on an adventure to Vietnam and Cambodia and she writes me a, “This is what I’ve been up to,” email before she flies to other lands. Her note ends with a quote; “Keep your heart brave, and your imagination wild.” Each November I attend the Zonta Film Festival, where I saturate myself in documentaries made predominately by women about subjects that effect women and actually impact all of us. They inform me and ask me to be more, to be aware and to live consciously with intention. Then there are days when I’m on my way to somewhere, to do something and life asks me to turn my head at just the right moment, in order to receive. Two of my grandfathers chose to hand down a smattering of wisdom, a part of their legacy to me. I was eighteen and I wanted to rent a house. I could rent out two rooms and open a little shop where I would set reproductions and do custom picture framing. My Grampa Bullock leaned over and whispered, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” I signed the lease and hung the shingle. My mom Nora Ann, shared with me that my Grampa Cooke believed that you should never ask anyone to do something, you would not do yourself. It has always reminded me that people do not work under you, they work alongside you. And then there’s the special moment of two young children Casey and Lucas Cluthe, who meet Alan Doyle. He sings to them in the wings off stage and then during his encore, he does...

Please Close The Gate

We distance ourselves from the critical, negativity of others. But we forget to close the gate on the biting words inside our own head.   Say something nice to you. Bravo!, Well Done!, You’re Amazing! Too hard? Start again and keep it simple. Go small. “Nice dinner, pretty smile, just held the door for someone – good for you.” Now keep it going. Get yourself out of an old age, an old way of thinking that complimenting oneself was self-serving, self-indulgent. egotistical, sinful. No one benefitted from this concept. Move into where we are now and into the truth. It is good, healthy and imperative to the evolution of your soul, to be kind to you. It’s even more impressive when you can sincerely declare that you love you. As it was once coined, “Try it, you’ll like it.” I would even venture to say, “…You’ll love...

In The Energy of Gratitude

  I am thankful                                                   I give thanks In return Life brings me many blessings In the energy of gratitude I give to the world In like energy The world smiles back   Happy Thanksgiving May we be of thanks, may we give. Namaste, Sharon Photos by ; Sharon...

Attitude Adjustment

In a local diner on Pelee Island hangs this rusty sign. It has definitely seen better days. The message implies that it doesn’t take much to change; no more time than it would take for the meal you ordered to arrive at your table. “Attitude Adjustment While You Wait.” We have this date, April 22nd, that we have allocated as Earth Day, to remind us of our planet. To look around at all the mess, the abuse, the chaos and give some time to tidying it up and taking better care. But lets just say the planet Earth is but a reflection of ourselves. Perhaps it is attempting to help us, rather than asking us to help it. A mirror of how we treat ourselves, each other. We feed ourselves a mass of negativity, garbage thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. We over consume heavily processed foods, sugars, salt as fuel for our bodies. All of no value but to pollute our systems. We berate ourselves into suppression and submission. We struggle and force ourselves often to be someone for others rather than who we truly are. We go to battle with the state of our health. We go to war with each other. We fear anyone who is different from what we are comfortable with. Suppose it is us that is the mess, that has been abused, is in chaos. Which would indicate we are the ones that need tidying up. If we respected and valued ourselves more. If we embraced our truth and loved ourselves more. If we were at peace with our identities — if we embraced life...

The Ringing of The Bell

“I just ran from work to say good bye to the man in the sky, and say thank you.” “Where do you suppose it goes now?” “Perhaps, somewhere else in the world where others can enjoy it.” And from over the dunes and down the shoreline they appear, with one sole intention – to   bid farewell to the day and watch the sun disappear into where the sky meets the sea, where the division between land and air evaporates into one. Children scamper in and out of the wake, couples stroll hand in hand, man’s best friend takes in an evening romp, seasoned souls set up their chairs, uncork a merlot and toast to the brilliance of it all. The closing of the day. Maybe it was grand, maybe it was dreadful, maybe you believe it will get better, maybe you just want to forget it all and dream of better times. And then right before you nature takes hold and you let go; handing it over to something larger than yourself. All you see, all you let seep into your brain is this grand creation of wonder. It lowers and lowers and then ever so gracefully it slips down and vanishes. And then as if to say, “Don’t go – I’m not finished, the afterglow of its magnificence fills the sky and creates a canvas of light and colour. You are mesmerized and anything that seemed important; melts into oblivion. You breathe. And then in the distance someone comes forward and makes the moment official – the ringing of the bell. The afterglow subsides and one by one they...