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Harvesting GratitudeNothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory. - Warren WiersbeMost waves are either friendly or fun.The “second wave” we’re experiencing due to the Coronavirus, not so much so.I don’t know about you but it, kind of snuck up on me, even though it was a prevalent shadow lurking somewhere in my peripheral vision.It caught me off-guard, just as I was in the middle of enjoying a renewed sense of time spent with family and friends (respecting the parameters of social distancing) and actually having some fun, re-discovering an old much-loved hobby of mine - hiking and exploring nature in different parks.I had stopped doing these excursions a few years ago for various reasons.Remarkable how fortunate I was to have had one last hike, in Mont-Tr…
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Lying in the Midst “Cast all of your anxieties on Him because He cares for you” Peter 5:7      As the cusp of summer approaches, already a few months into a pandemic that was merely a looming threat hovering in mainstream media in January, our day to day has become a very candid new normal, for many of us, in the blink of an eye. Regular outings we took for granted like getting groceries or making a trip to the pharmacy have become a little more complicated and cumbersome.Still, if we look at past pandemics, where there was a severe shortage of food and lack of beneficial communication tools and technological inventions, we are fortunately more advanced, even with the unique parameters and challenges we face.      What helps keep me grounded throughout this whole experience is my faith in God. Because I believe sometimes, our path changes course because it is necessary, part of something bigger.Even if we don’t always understand at the time. We’ve already seen many positive changes in …
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Embracing the New Normal

      If you asked us a year ago if we would be in this situation, we would have never believed it! Heck, who are we kidding, we wouldn’t have believed it a few weeks ago. But here we are in the middle of this pandemic, “forced” out of our comfort zone, whether we like it or not.  As more and more cities are put in lock down for the few of us still working it seems it’s business as usual, but it isn’t really is it? It’s hard to concentrate. We are being catapulted into a world of change; one we have never experienced at this level. It can be scary at times as the support of daily routines, scenes of hoard buying and regular outings and physical contact with family and friends sinks from beneath us, like the floor of a wild ride at an amusement park. Except this is not amusing, and we didn’t buy a ticket for this ride. In times like this, it’s easy to let fear and anxiety override, encroaching the dark corners of our minds as uncertainty looms and the stock mark…
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The Detour

     It was the beginning of what was supposed to be a perfectly brilliant Spring day.  Although the weather was unseasonably cooler than normal the bright sun permeated everywhere, a gleeful reminder that the relics of old man winter were indeed a thing of the past.  Our sole mission for the day, enjoy a leisurely lunch at Woodland Restaurant (a neighborhood favorite, famous for their pizza) and a stroll along the boardwalk afterwards.  Carefree we jubilantly set out on our way to enjoy the promising day.  Our drive was relatively smooth until about a quarter of the way to our destination.  Then, as we turned onto de la Verendrye boulevard, a relatively busy thoroughfare stretching from the city of Lasalle to Verdun, without warning or any time to maneuver an escape route for that matter, we felt an enormous bump as we forcefully rolled through an unforgiving and obviously unforeseen pothole.  The damage was done and clearly evident, as confirmed by the continuous little c…
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Choosing Zen in the Jungle

     A couple of months back I was speaking with a colleague who works at another company in Uruguay.  Previously, he had lived in New York City for 10 years.We were discussing how even with all the crime in his native country he felt he had a better life there.I told him I thought it was because the time they have together there is more valued.There are less distractions (typical of North American society) and more focus on enjoying and valuing what’s right in front of them.

    I live in a big city.It can be a little crazy at times. And to be truthful, lately I find my self more and more seeking the peaceful life.Perhaps, the modern version of the road less travelled.Over the past few years because of all the construction in Montreal (which has been delayed for years) and the influx of people, the commute to work for many of us has become a chaotic, frenzied maze of bikes, cars, crowds, and delays - lots of delays.Although, it has been frustrating, even exh…