The 151st of them was yesterday, 1 July. There is a good deal to celebrate each year.
Canada is a remarkable country. It is beautiful. From the many lakes here in Ontario, to the mountains in BC and Alberta, to the prairies, to 16 meter tides in the Bay of Fundy. The Arctic is compelling. You don’t fully understand “cold” until you meet -60 degrees with a wind. The cities are all different. Toronto is hectic and congested. Montreal is beautiful, as is Vancouver. Calgary and Edmonton are younger and spectacular in their enthusiasm. Ottawa is pristine and a great place to raise a family. Halifax and Quebec City are wonderful places to see, and I am sure to live. Old yet fitting in to modern.
This a sunset at Buckhorn, a little north of where I live. We were at my daughter’s place on Buckhorn Lake and this picture is from a spot near there. Spectacular.
And the people. Usually helpful and welcoming. From my Irish Ancestors to my mother’s French family, none came here expecting something for nothing. It takes generations to build a culture and its supporting infrastructure.
People are in a hurry today. It is worth looking at some of the books people wrote about their experiences 200 years ago. It gives you perspective on the hardship and the joy. We seem unable deal with deferred gratification today, never mind hardship.
We take too much for granted.
Gratitude is the precursor to the other virtues and is seldom seen in people who are not socially capable.
Take a little time each day to notice and appreciate what you have. You will be surprised at how you have most of what you need. Perspective is a huge advantage in organizing yourself for success.
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