What if I just let it happen? What might happen?

Why do you do it? Why do you live in a small town?

It is not a question I ask myself because the honest truth is I just found myself here. I never decided to live in a small town. Life does not happen that way for many of us. We live where we live for all kinds of reasons. It might be love, it might be family, it might be work.

Myself I just responded to what came up, love and family then turned into work, which turned into art, then turned into business.

It was never written in a journal. It was never dreamt up. It just simply happened.

There is so much pressure these days to plan out a great life. To seek abundance, to be more, to seek out your dreams, to be the most you can be.

Yesterday I saw a chalkboard that said, “Do something amazing every day.”

Really? How about “Do your dishes everyday.” or maybe “Pack your lunch everyday.”

Maybe just, “Be kind to others.”

I get a lot done but there is no way I can do something amazing everyday.

It makes me think about our studio motto, “create beauty everyday”…let me assure when I say that I mean that a sandwich can be a beautiful thing. I also mean that tidying your sock drawer can be too. Don’t take any pressure from me, beauty is surely in the tiniest of things.

I keep seeing journals with things like “Live your dreams ” written on it. They scare me. I’d rather a blank one so I can write in it things like…”I made macaroni for supper. We were out of cheese so I just ate it with butter. Yum.” I don’t need pressure from inanimate objects around the house.

Even my “think” sign sometimes gets on my nerves.

No one tells you you can end up being an artist and business person just by responding to what comes up. No one seems to say that if you live in a place where the people you love are then you will feel safe and comfortable and you might take a few more risks. People don’t seem to like to say that  you can carve an opportunity out in any place.

We so easily forget the little things, that really are the foundation for the big things. You can’t just “dream” cause the cover of the book tells you to. The conditions have to be right.

Everywhere I look there are quotes telling you to seek, to shine, to grow.

Yesterday I saw a box that ” Stuff I pretend is important.”  I was tempted to buy it just because it was honest. I didn’t.

Believe me, I love change and growth. I think it is important to dream. I just don’t want pressure to do those things because pressure to do those things is exactly what can stunt it.

Let’s try….

“It is okay to flounder.”

“Say your prayers.”

“It can happen anywhere.”

 

 


Maritime Mary: With Gratitude

It’s morning, the birds are awake, the sun has risen.
You stretch, welcome a new day,
Languish over coffee, breakfast, newspapers,
Step outdoors and breathe fresh September air,
Make plans, shape the day.
Walk,
Cook,
Read,
Hook,
Visit,
Maybe clean a bit, perhaps not,
Or some yard work.
All in all, it’s a blessed day
Because you were able to get up and make a day, a wonderful day.
Feeling grateful.

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Maritime Mary: Remembrance

Yesterday was Remembrance Day, November 11. As always, and as it rightfully should be, it was cold and damp as a crowd gathered at the Amherst cenotaph to remember together.

Voices were hushed and we paused. We watched veterans, some elderly, some young, in parade. We listened to our national anthem, O Canada and we watched the raising of our beautiful flag. We heard the lonely trumpet and we prayed together.

And all across this vast country, in small villages, towns and in cities, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, we were united in gratitude and remembrance.

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