Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Month: November 2016 (page 2 of 2)

All the blessings

Last night I attended a gala for the Darling Home for medically fragile children.  It was an amazing event and it reminded me of the resilience of the human soul.  The families helped by this centre have children who need care 24 hours a day.  Every single day.

Even though there is pain and heartache and struggle, there is also happiness and beauty and acceptance and love.  Always love.

The Darling Home is a life-changer for these families.  It is a blessing that they value beyond measure.  It offers respite to parents and caregivers who rarely get a chance to take a break.  And it provides extraordinary sensory experiences to the children who visit.

What are the blessings in our own life?  Do we notice them?  Are we grateful for them?

Sometimes we are so busy with our ‘to do’ lists that we don’t notice the ‘ta da’ parts of life. The little magical things that make us smile or laugh or dream or think.  Because they are just embedded in an otherwise run-of-the-mill day.  Except that every day is not just another day.  It’s a gift.  And we should remember to be thankful for it and all the blessings that come with it.

There’s something about November

There’s something about November.  It’s a bridge between a crisp, colourful October and a frosty, grey December.  It’s also a reminder that the year will soon be coming to a close and we have things to do before it does.

Henry Rollins once said, “The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully.”

As we pull out our warmer coats and cozier boots, what can we also pull out of our mindset?  What plans can we make?  What actions can we take?  What can we get done before we turn the page on our calendar to start a new year?

Sometimes we are so focused on our future goals that we forget how much we can get done in a day. Or even in a quiet hour.  When we truly focus on our why.

Jeff Rich said, “The one thing we know about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”

So let’s use each day in November to take one small step up the mountain of our dreams. And who knows?  We might reach the summit and have to plan a new climb for 2017.

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