Do Not Be Afraid

I know of a few people who have been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, including Alex Trebek, well known host of the TV game show, Jeopardy. This is a very frightening diagnosis and these people need our prayers. An extremely appropriate scripture appeared to me in my quiet time yesterday and I thought of all of these people. As much as it is possible for some, and to all others, happy Sunday.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

A Goal of Love

Whether you are a hockey fan or not you might like this little item from a Toronto newscast last night.

Montreal Canadiens’ thirty-one-year-old goalie, Carey Price, took time to give a caring and meaningful hug to an eleven-year-old fan who had lost his mother to cancer last November. Carey is the boy’s idol, and the sheer joy of the moment moved the youngster to tears.

Here is a small clip from the newscast:

“Carey Price was a class act, not only giving Anderson two signed sticks, a signed puck, signed his jersey and mini-stick, but he also gave him the biggest hug,” 

Anderson was not the only one moved to tears…yours truly also shed a few to see such an open show love. Happy Saturday.

Carey Price

Though Your Heart is Breaking

Here is a song that carried me through some very difficult times in my life and I know of many people at this very moment who are living this song right now including myself. Smile was composed by Charlie Chaplin in 1936 with lyrics added in 1954 when Nat King Cole recorded it. It’s a beautiful song with a beautiful message…another lesson in life.

Doing the Right Thing

A few weeks ago there was program on TV that promoted doing the right thing, and it has been on my mind to blog about ever since. It’s why I researched and found the following quotes on the subject:

I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care. - Lou Holtz

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. W. Clement Stone

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. - Victor Hugo

That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Recycling Anger

It has been my practice over the years to take notes from interesting books and tuck them away for future reference after gleaning the wisdom of the moment. The other day it was something from “Your Call is Waiting”. Today it is a passage from The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier. And it is simply this: “…I have a great respect for the kinds of people who are able to recycle their anger and put it to different uses.”

How timely given what’s going on in the world today. So as the saying goes, ‘take a page from that book’ (page 124). Imagine if we all recycled our anger into peace and reconciliation…we could then sing along with Louis Armstrong, “what a wonderful world”.

Thank you, Sidney, for another life lesson.

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (Oprah's Book Club)

Another Random Act of Kindness

Last week, one of my granddaughters, her mother, and five friends went to the Air Canada Center here in Toronto to see Shania Twain. Courtney and her long-time friend had been adoring fans of Shania since they were eight years old, and are now in their mid-twenties. When they heard their hero was coming to perform in Toronto, they immediately ordered tickets. Top choice tickets were out of their price range and so they purchased balcony seats, but were not able to get all seven seats together.

The long awaited night arrived and the two girls were beside themselves with excitement…the rest of the group…a little less so, but excited all the same.

As the escalator ascended, a uniformed usher stopped them on their way to their balcony seats and asked if they knew where they were going. When they confirmed that they were on their way to the balcony, he said, “No, I am giving you tickets to the main floor.” Courtney couldn’t believe her ears but then said, “Oh, except there are seven of us.” With that the usher handed her seven tickets to the top choice area…seven seats in a row.

Needless to say, the group of seven was ecstatic with this change of events, and were totally taken with Shania Twain’s performance.

This is the second random act of kindness which has come to my attention within a short period of time…once again, doesn’t it make you want to pay it forward?


A Tribute to Robin Williams

On June 6th The Mind Unleashed aired this quote by Robin Williams: “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.”

Read that again…and again…it is happening all around us…to us or because of us…to someone, somewhere…maybe even unknowingly in our own little corner of the world. Read it again and again.

How sad is that? And yet how true for many people…especially those suffering, as Robin did, with severe depression.

The man of Mork and Mindy fame is once again traversing the universe in search of a home…a heavenly home this time. May he find it, and rest in peace; never to feel alone again.