What if……

I see hatred on both sides of every issue pretty much daily. It is a cancer that is spreading like wildfire and it scares me because I don’t know how we even begin to stop it. Somehow we ALL need to take a step back, a deep breath, a pause to evaluate our/my role in all this, because none of us are truly innocent. We may not “hate” someone directly, but the things we share on here, the comments we make, are either feeding this monster or starving it. I say we starve it…soon…before it destroys us all.

We pick a side, an issue, or zero in on a fault and/or mistake, and spew our criticisms, slander, and opinions, and vehemently stand our ground All the while, we release more anger and more hatred on an already raging inferno, feeling fully justified and “right”.
We pass stuff around and regurgitate “facts” that we often can’t possibly know whether it is true or not. I mean really, how do you even know what it true anymore???? Even if it is true, does it need to be shared? Someone can be totally legit ugly but do I need to say it, just because it’s true??
WHAT IF, just what if, we started to focus more on the positives, more on the things that unite, or if we absolutely need to make a critical comment, at least do it with respect and dignity. I mean nobody gets it all right, but nobody gets it ALL wrong either, Trudeau, Trump, or even me or you.
I fear for who we are becoming….and the atmosphere we are creating. And I know it’s way bigger than my post, or your post, but we are ALL contributing to this issue, and most of it right on here.
I know this is rather Pollyanna-ish, and I’m not looking for fake or canned niceness….but I do think we need to be more careful, and to honestly evaluate our role, and our responsibility.

 

Those for whom my heart beats…

Untitled design-3My husband Glenn and I have nine children. We were a homeschooling family for about fourteen years, have lived in the bush in a log home/cabin. We have five boys and four girls and though there were years I wondered if it was even possible, they have grown to be each other’s best friends. Presently, we/they are scattered throughout eastern and northern Ontario and it gets harder and harder to get us all in one place at the same time; making it all the more special when it happens.

And so it begins……..again!

I’ve tried to journal and/or blog at least a hundred times!!  Even with the best intentions, it seems to fall by the wayside.

However, I’m so convinced that the written word is very powerful and incredibly important for many reasons.   Sometimes I’ve even benefited from reading my own writing.  It reminds me of truths that I’ve lost sight of, experiences that I’d forgotten, or just some needed encouragement and focus as I press on.

I am, by no means, a brilliant person, nor have I led an extraordinary life.  But I have lived, and I have tried to glean wisdom and spiritual insight as I have traversed this winding path.

Before we go further, it’s probably good for me to state:

  • I don’t have all the answers.  In fact, I have more questions than answers!
  • I am not an expert!!!  This is my relentless pursuit, not my arrival. While I may have acquired some talents and skills, there are still so many things I know nothing about!!!  And, to be honest, a lot of things I thought I knew and didn’t!!!
    At present, I am interested in all things that pertain to becoming more self-sufficient in growing our own vegetables:  composting, worm farming, dehydrating, permaculture gardening, along with healthy living, gut health, essential oils, great recipes!!  There is so much to learn!!  There will be  successes and failures.
  • I do real.  It’s so easy on social media to portray an image, create a persona, and to appear like we have it all together.  I do not have it all together!!!!  In case you didn’t hear that, I DO NOT HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER!!!!   I struggle, I fall, I fail.  I am moody and cranky with my husband, and I waste hours on my laptop.  And that’s on a good day….

So if you’re feeling brave, or just curious, follow along and we will learn together.