I make a big effort to reach as many people in the room as possible in the hope that my message will enter their hearts as well as their minds. So that more and more of us can join hands and join hearts in our effort to make our world a better place for all life.
Jane Goodall, Reason for Hope
A Year To Celebrate

It is that time of year again, where we reflect on the year that has past and welcome the new year to come. As you prepare to celebrate the new year, take a moment to reflect on the year that has past. 

Celebrate and be thankful for all the highlights, those wonderful moments from the previous year. A great vacation? Time spent with family? A business venture? Find your personal highlights and celebrate! 

In your reflection of the previous year, it is important to find a place of gratitude for the struggles and challenges. The difficult experiences are those that teach us how to persevere and move forward even if we cannot see the end. It is in these moments of challenge that we learn and grow by working through the difficulties. 

As you prepare to celebrate the new year to come, reflect and find gratitude for all those wonderful experiences from the year that past.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful new year! 

Celebration is an attitude. We are happy in our skin. We are happy in our family. We are happy in our work. We are happy in our country. This is the ultimate appreciation of daily life. We’re not just in it for ourselves; we’re in it because we want to offer wisdom and compassion to others, who feel the power of our love and care. This kind of relationship with our kingdom creates harmony.
Sakyong Mipham, Ruling Your World

Now is your moment. Bring out the best in others. 

Regardless of race, creed, ideology, political bloc, or economic region, the most important and basic aspect of all people is their shared humanity - the fact that each person, old, young, rich, poor, educated, uneducated, male or female, is a human. This shared humanness and thus the shared aspiration of gaining happiness and avoiding suffering as well as the basic right to bring these about, are of prime importance.
Dalhi Lama
I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.
Dalai Lama
Our Belief Grows Within Us

Either we believe in our innate goodness and beauty or we do not; it is up to each of us to decide. We may spend our entire lives believing a lie about our true nature, or we may put our trust in our own grace. Either way, most of us have to choose what we believe about ourselves each day, each hour, each moment of our lives. 

We believe and act accordingly, and as we do, this belief grows in our life. We believe in compassion, live compassion, and compassion grows in our lives. We believe in love, live lovingly, and love grows in our lives. We stand in our light, live our light, and the light grows within us. 

- excerpt from Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison

What if religion was each other?
If our practice was our life?
If our prayer was our words?
What if the temple was the Earth?
If forests were our church?
If holy water – the rivers, lakes, and oceans?
What if meditation was our relationships?
If the Teacher was life?
If wisdom was self-knowledge?
If love was the center of our being.

Ganga White 

Live a Life That Matters
Ready or not, someday it all comes to an end.
There are no more sunrises, no more minutes, hours or days.
All the things collected, treasured or forgotten, pass to someone else.
Wealth, fame and temporal power shrivel to irrelevance.
It matters not what was owned or owed.
Grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies finally disappear.
Hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists expire.
Wins and losses that once seemed so important fade away.
It no longer matters where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived.
No matter whether you were beautiful, or brilliant
Gender and skin colour are irrelevant.

So what matters?
How is the value of our days measured?

What matters is not what we bought, but what we built; not what we got, but what we gave.
What matters is not our success, but our significance.
What matters is not w
hat we learnt but what we taught.

What matters is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate our example.
What matters is not our competence, but our character.
What matters is not how many people we knew, but how many people will feel a lasting loss when we are gone.
What matters is not our memories, but the memories that live in those who loved us.
What matters is how long we will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance, but a matter of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters

by Michael Josephson.

The Lonely Jacket

A few weeks ago I picked my Nana up from the airport, and she realized on her flight that her jacket had been left behind where she had breakfast in the Toronto airport. The task of tracking down the jacket became mine and I was easily able to find it at the restaurant.

The lovely gentlemen that answered the phone remembered Nana being in that morning and quickly found her lonely jacket. Unfortunately, the most that the restaurant could do was put the jacket in the airport lost & found. With Halifax being home, and no set travel plans back, it was reasonable to assume that the jacket would be left lonely at the airport.

It just so happens that the gentlemen who answered the phone had lost his cell phone that day and had it returned safely to him. This guy was so grateful for having his phone returned by a kind stranger, that he wanted to Pay It Forward by going out of his way to ship Nana’s jacket home to its rightful place rather than the lonely lost & found.

For me, I am so grateful and will certainly Pay It Forward when the time comes. As for Nana, she is tickled pink by this act of kindness and thankful to have her jacket back.

The lesson from this story is to recognize opportunities to create kindness that come your way, and act on them to help others with no expectations. This is how we create kindness in the world. The Law of Attraction tells us that by creating kindness, it will bring kindness our way. So what do you have to lose? I can tell you that you will gain the pleasure of putting a smile on a strangers face, and that, is worth it!