Friday, 2 March 2018

I'm having a hard time with world right now.  There is so much hatred, so much anger, so much antipathy.  It seems that Trump has unleashed all of the nastiness in the world.  He has given people free rein to be their very worst selves.  Social media allows people to spew their vile words everywhere, contaminating everything with meanness and rancor.  It is contagious and as dangerous as any virus.  It pulls the whole world down.

Today I am off so I will work towards bringing light back into my life.  Goodness.  Compassion.  Kindness.  I forget these sometimes in everyday life when I look at Facebook.  Forget that there are kind, good people everywhere.  That as a whole humans are better than we are awful.

I saw these mitts on Kitsilano Beach.  Someone had taken the time to pick them up and leave them in plain sight in hopes that the owner might find them.  There is kindness.

Yesterday a MRI tech talked a terrified, yelling young man into having his scan.  She was patient and no nonsense with him.  He was twice her size and she calmed him.  He had his scan and as he left you could see how light he was.  There is kindness.

Everyday at work volunteers make my hospital a better place.  Virtually all of the volunteers have been touched by cancer.  One volunteer has a permanent trach.  Another wears a lymphedema sleeve on her arm.  Another is missing one ear.  They show up every week.  They hand out coffee and juice and cookies.  They push wheelchairs.  They teach women how to wear wigs and put on makeup.   There is kindness.

Apparently there is even a World Kindness Movement.   It gives me hope.

Spring comes late to Northern Alberta.  It's the beginning of March.  It's -11C outside.  The wind is blowing, everything is still covered with snow and ice and another blizzard is due to arrive shortly.  At this time of the year it can be hard to feel hope.  But as I sit here writing this, a flock of cedar waxwings flew by my window, a hundred birds moving in unison across the sky, searching for berries as they do every spring.   They are my harbingers of spring.  They give me hope.


  1. I try to remember that even in the darkest of times there have been good people doing kind things for those around them. I dislike my President entirely. It is hard to hear the almost constant conflict coming out of his administration. It seems that he uses that conflict to gain constant attention. I choose to turn him off and try to be all the kinder because of it.

  2. One of the biggest reasons I do not have any social media accounts is because I do not want to be marinated with all the negativity presented there. I have found that there is much more positive energy in my real world of friends, family and volunteer work.

    We got 18 inches of snow yesterday. I am hoping it is winter's last hoorah.

  3. I love that photo of the boat, well both of them, of course, but the happy blue of the edge and the darkness at the top. Which is in fact the bottom of the boat. It's like the world right now, turned upside down. Someday soon, I hope, the world will right itself and the blue will guide this little boat when we push it back out to the beautiful sea.

  4. I look forward to a return to civility and kindness. It will happen.

  5. A beautifully wrought and much needed post. Thank you. This itself, is kindness.

  6. Did not realize until now that you live in Northern Alberta. Now I have a context for the wild beauty in so many of the photos you post.

    Sweet to know that you see Cedar Waxwings when it is still so cold. They are dear to me.

    Yes. Lovingkindness.

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