I can’t tell you how many times I ‘ve heard that over the course of my life and I’m pretty sure you’ve probably heard it more than a few times, too. Laughing has never been a problem for me, I’m blessed with a pretty good sense of humour and it’s stood me in good stead over the years.
Being able to laugh, especially at myself, has helped me get through the ups and downs that are part and parcel of all of our lives and I’m grateful for that. But it was when my mother passed away that I learned that it’s okay to smile and even chuckle during the most solemn of occasions.
After my mother’s funeral, the Rabbi came to the shiva to lead the evening prayer. When he was done, not Continue reading →
Whew! We survived 2017 and that’s all I’ll say about that. We’re being positive, right? So Happy New Year to you, to us, to all those we hold dear.
When I was thinking about what I’d write today, I remembered something my mother used to say (and do) every time I moved into a new house or apartment.
“Fransi,” she’d say, “remember to bring a piece of bread, some salt, some sugar and a new broom with you the first time you go in. And make sure you enter with your right foot first.” It wasn’t enough she’d Continue reading →
I’ve been having a wee bit of trouble charging my iPhone recently. I suspected it was my power cord, but it is three years old, so I sort of had to accept the possibility it was my battery. As in, time for a new one. Which in my case is a major pain in the ass, because my phone is my office, my life, my lifeline, not to mention my alarm clock. My only alarm clock. And a battery can’t be replaced instantly in the store. The phone has to be sent away for anywhere from three to five days.
So yes, I’ve been putting off dealing with it. But over the weekend the matter was taken out of my hands. Procrastinating was no longer an option. Because no matter Continue reading →
Last week I wrote about the sorry state of the world. Ironically, at around the same time I was feeling overwhelmed by it all, a ‘gratitude’ challenge was making the rounds on Facebook. It was really interesting, and inspiring, to see what people were sharing.
I’ve been thinking about it ever since — and about the coincidence of the timing — and realize it’s for an important reason; and it carries an important message: No matter how bad or challenging life may seem we must acknowledge the good, what is working, what’s right, what’s positive.
Which doesn’t mean to say we should stop questioning, or paying attention or ignore what’s wrong or never feel sad or turn our backs on those who need our compassion and help. But we do have to learn to be grateful, to thank our lucky stars.
In my case, there’s a lot to be thankful for. Starting with the fact I woke up today. I know that sounds cliche, Continue reading →
Do you ever watch Super Soul Sunday? It’s one of Oprah’s and can be found on the OWN Network. On Sunday’s obviously. Here, in Toronto, where I live, it airs at 11 a.m. I have no idea what time it’s on anywhere else.
All I can say is, one of my favourite things to do on Sunday mornings used to be reading The New York Times and meeting friends for brunch. Since I ‘discovered’ this show about a year ago (although it’s been on for about 3 years, I believe), everything waits until after it’s over at noon.
Each week Oprah sits down with another “top thinker, author, visionary or spiritual leader and they talk
A friend sent me an email yesterday. It was one of those ‘forwards’. Very unusual for her to do, so I read it. There were some great thoughts in it, about dealing with stress. They all made me stop and think, but I just loved this one:
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
It just made me smile. Because it’s a great philosophy. Because life is always throwing us curves. And we can either find a way to make the best of it, or we can spend most of our time on this earth miserable.
Personally, I prefer ‘happy’.
When my dad died, a colleague sent me a note. It was a long time ago, and I don’t remember everything she said. But I do remember this quote: “Life is what happens when you’ve made other plans”. Continue reading →
Yep, there’s no denying it. My morning yesterday was a pisser. But, as you know if you follow me, I got past it. Wrote and posted a new blog. And then got on with my day. Did some client work. Got some personal chores done. By about three in the afternoon, I’d almost forgotten about you know what.
And that’s when it happened. My iPhone stopped working. Just like that. It was fine, one minute; and unusable the next. Screen went black. On/off switch didn’t work. No response, no matter which button I touched. Considering the start to my day, I had to laugh. I was about to go to the Apple Store when I realized that my telephone service provider has a shop, right around the corner from where I was.
The sales guy couldn’t have been nicer. He plugged it into something (no, my battery did not need charging, I’m not that much of a loser). Hmmm’d a bit, while I held my breath. Continue reading →