“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.” Andy Warhol
I am not an American. I am a Canadian living in Australia but I do understand that the guns in America and the push back by the American people is not as much about the guns as it is a symbol of their freedoms. I know many people in the rest of the world do not understand but I think sometimes we jump into the idea that all those who speak English are pretty much the same. You have to understand the American culture is different than even Canada. You have to be willing to see this from their eyes and accept it is not the same as it is in your country (wherever that is). This is their line in the sand. Do I wish they had rallied behind something else in the constitution like maybe equality? Yes. But they are rallying. It is their fight and I sense that for many, although there are those who are everyone’s worst nightmare about gun crazy hoodlums, they are more committed to the principle of keeping their dad’s old gun in the dusty cupboard in the basement than they are for the actual need for usage. Continue reading
This resonates within me.
I feel very blessed to have people that totally allow me to share who I am. I am grateful that my best friends are also my family.
I understand those people who do not have friendships with their family because I come from a family like that, but with my own family, even when circumstances separate us emotionally or physically, I have always had that connection. My husband, in particular, is the one person I can completely be who I am without any need to ever censor. Continue reading
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs
I have to say seeing the Faerie Penguins at Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia was one of the highlights of my life.
I was disappointed when we arrived and picked up our tickets to learn there was absolutely no photography allowed. The flash on the camera can blind the penguins and we were about to witness a natural process by these marvelous wild creatures, in their own habitat, and the intent was to be silent, unobtrusive witnesses, not to startle or impact it in any way.
Of course there are always several people who feel the rules do not apply to them who were willing to damage the longevity of our privileged witnessing by insisting on getting a pic, taking on all manner of subterfuge to sneak a photo in despite the vigilant guides who did their best to enforce what should have been understood by everyone being as they tell you several times, they warn you several times, it is in all the writings, in the building you have to walk through, sign posted , and then enforced. Continue reading
Who we are, how we treat people, what we say about them, the things we do to hurt their journey or enhance it . . . these are the things that speak volumes beyond anything else. Are we capable of love? Have we loved others? What have we done to those who have loved us? Continue reading
“If you want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return for hatred. If you want to see the brave, look for those who can forgive.” Bhagavad Gita