Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. friends

Posted Friday, November 24th, 2017. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

I am in the midst of shaking it up and changing it up but not too busy to step back and wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I know that this holiday is bigger than Christmas and Easter because is includes all religions, backgrounds, colour, creed and belief system.

It is a day to put aside differences and celebrate the common theme: GRATITUDE.

There is much to be grateful for and what I have learned is that despite things going awry in my own life for the most part my life is pretty damn good; there is always someone who is worse off than me and many far worse off than me.

I am grateful for the lives I have touched. I am working on a life skills platform to bring to our youth beginning at the early ages. I am grateful for the inspiration I get from within, universe, G-d – wherever it comes. I am not going to lie some days I question my purpose. When I can get out of my own way, my “story” and acknowledging that everything is impermanent I know that in the next second of my life I can make different choices.

I hope you take this time and evaluate the good things in your life and be grateful and thankful. Mostly I ask you to look at your incredible support system, which may include 1 or 2 people or many. I ask that you take time to look at yourself and where are you not loving and honouring yourself. Breaking habits, cycles and belief systems are not easy … but worth it.

A meaningful life is much more than material things. Of course I love them as well however they do not define me or even drive me. To me my wealth begins with the authentic friendships and relationships I have, my health, my children and family and then of course my financial abundance.

I want to wish all of you celebrating a Happy Thanksgiving and find what that truly means to you and then cherish it.

For those in other parts of the world let’s join in and be grateful and thankful for what is in our lives and know that we create our own destiny so if you and not happy with something then make the decision to bring change. You don’t have to know what that is even … just make the decision and ask G-d, universe, friends, mentors,coaches, professionals for help in this process.

All my love,

Sandra

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Gratitude… there is so much for us to be grateful for in our lives. I recognize that not everyone is happy with the outcome of the election and are concerned with what the future holds while others are thrilled and expect to see great changes to bring back and make America great again however none of us know what will unfold and that likely includes Mr. Trump.

What I do know for sure is that everyday we wake up and are able to walk out of our homes and breathe the fresh air, drink water, and eat what we like, spend time with people we care about then we can consider ourselves lucky and say, “Life is good.”

The media has done a tremendous job in creating fear, anxiety, concern, worry that many of us do not realize we are in control of our outcome, not the media outlets. This weekend step back from all of this and just be in the moment.

Let Thanksgiving be about what it is meant to be, “thanks and gratitude” for what is. What are the simple things that bring a smile to your face? Is it the smell of turkey cooking, seeing cousins you haven’t seen in a while, being home with your family and friends for a wonderful dinner, a coffee with a friend? For those that are away from their families try and spend time with someone you care about. My family is not just my relations it includes my spiritual family as well. These are people that have my back, want the best for me and I know I can always count on.

On that note I want to wish my friends in the US a wonderful weekend and happy thanksgiving for you and your families. For the rest of us I too wish you a wonderful weekend. Do something fun. Black Friday seems to have infiltrated into many other countries. If you can brave the crowds you will likely find some great deals.

All my best for this weekend.

xo

Sandra

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Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating!

Posted Friday, November 27th, 2015. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

It’s USA Thanksgiving: Canada has already celebrated their Thanksgiving weekend in October however, it is always nice to have a reminder of how important it is to be thankful especially in these precarious times.

I came to the conclusion about 6 months ago that nothing is for sure or lasts forever, even as much as we want it to be at times. That is neither good or bad, it just is. So what does that mean for us as humans. To me it means that we really need to cherish the people and things that are good in our lives, right now. Sometimes, it is hard to see what is good. I know, I have been there too.

When I can get out of my head and diminish any negative self talk harmful to me, I can see what is good more clearly. When I allow my ego, mind and/or head to lead me it can bring me to trouble.

I don’t know how many of you saw the video by that French man who lost his wife during the Paris attack. In the video he declares that he will not give the terrorists his anger for they already took his wife… and that he will not teach his son to hate, rather be grateful for every day in his life; that his greatest revenge will be to live a life that is full and complete EVEN THOUGH the woman he loved was taken from him.

It brought me to tears. So can we find good? Can we find forgiveness? Can we learn to be thankful for all that is in our life, both perceived good and bad? I guess I leave that up to the individual. I will not lie, I struggle with this as well. One person’s pain, loss and tragedy may be another’s empowerment and strength. Who are we to judge.

I will say that to shift my mood I find going to gratitude even for the small things can help make that shift possible. This weekend, find gratitude and thankfulness even in the smallest of things. Maybe it will be gesture (someone pays you a compliment), or a small token gift or just sitting down together your entire family in one room. Many around the world, especially the Syrian refugees, do not have this luxury.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful, grateful and thankful weekend.

ENJOY, LAUGH, SMILE, AND OF BE GRATEFUL.

All my love,

Sandra

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Happy Holidays to everyone!

Posted Thursday, December 25th, 2014. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | Leave a Comment

Today is Christmas. While I am not Christian I do love this time of year. It is just the feeling of family and community. I spent the last week trying to see all my friends who celebrate Christmas and give them gifts. For me this year, it was special, as I had such a challenging year and some of these people were instrumental in helping me through it.

I love to give gifts at the best of time however coupled with gratitude was even more special. And even more fun was seeing people and creating plans that didn’t exist. There is something to be said about going with the flow!

I have also taken time to relax and sleep… gain my strength back. This year really tired me out. I know many others feel the same way.

I am excited to see my boys and spend the next week with them. We need some fun time and laughter!

This weekend take time to relax and enjoy the downtime; regain your strength. I have a feeling that lots of movement and things are going to happen in the new year.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend. Spend time with family, friends and do something special for yourself.

All my love,

Sandra

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Celebrating the Jewish New Year: 5771

Posted Thursday, September 9th, 2010. Filed Under Voices of wisdom | 1 Comment

I tell people I am more Buddhist than Jewish however I am still born and have been raised Jewish. My questioning of my religion is not about being Jewish it has to do with all religions.

In my journey I went along a more spiritual path which brought me to an understanding that G-d is within each of us. As we are one, we impact each other for the better or worse. Collectively we have the ability to create War OR Peace, abundance or lack, joy or sadness. Everything is tied into energy, matter and constant movement. Nothing remains constant — it is always changing.

I do love the holiday time as it is a time for family and gathering – community. This is important to me. Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year and it is one of my favourite holidays for to me it represent New Beginnings and with that comes endings as well. This year, 2010, for me so far has been a great time of clarity, discerning and creating what I want. It took me 6 months to get to the point of clarity that I can really begin to create a path for myself. I do not know where exactly this path is going to take me howevere I am excited.

Last year I co-hosted a Spiritual version for the New Year with another woman that I know. We are part of a group called the Spirituelle Divas and many in the group were feeling disconnected from the religious part however they love the message and traditions. We put together a two hour programme which brought in spirituality and Jewish tradition. It was an incredible experience. We have been asked to do this again and we are doing it after Yom Kippur the Day of Atonement. The theme is much what I have been talking about – new beginnings/endings and creating what you want. We want the guests to come with one belief that has been limiting them and/or holding them back to help them release (endings) so that they can focus on what they do want in their life (beginnings).

I will ask a couple of the women to share their experiences.

I also view this time as a time for some to pass on and not be written in the Book of Life. I do know some pretty ill people at this time and my heart goes out to them. May they be taken down the path they are meant to go.

I want to wish those celebrating the Jewish New Year 5771 a very Happy and Healthy New Year. May your year be filled with much laughter, joy, peace and abundance for you and your family.

All my love,

Sandra

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Life lessons

Posted Monday, December 28th, 2009. Filed Under My Daily Dose | Leave a Comment

This was written by a 90 year old woman named Regina Brett of Cleveland, OH.

She wrote in The Plain Dealer newspaper the following:

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 44 lessons life taught me. It is the

most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August,

so here is the column once more:”

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it or a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ”In five years, will this matter?”.

26. Always choose life.

27. Forgive everyone everything.

28. What other people think of you is none of your business.

29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

32. Believe in miracles.

33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

34. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now..

35. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

36. Your children get only one childhood.

37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere..

39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

41. The best is yet to come.

42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

43. Yield.

44. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

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The Pastor and his church

Posted Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009. Filed Under My Daily Dose | Leave a Comment

I received this in an email….

Beautiful story…. makes you understand that things truly do happen for a reason:

The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned

to their first ministry, to reopen a church

in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October

excited about their opportunities.. When they saw

their church, it was very run down and needed

much work. They set a goal to have everything

done in time to have their first service

on Christmas Eve.

T hey worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls,

painting, etc, and on December 18

were ahead of schedule and just about finished.

O n December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving

rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.

O n the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.

His heart sank when he saw that the roof had

leaked, causing a large area of plaster about

20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall

of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit,

beginning about head high.

T he pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor,

and not knowing what else to do but postpone

the Christmas Eve service, headed home.

On the way he noticed that a local business was

having a flea market type sale for charity, so he

stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,

handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth

with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross

embroidered right in the center. It was just

the right size to cover the hole in the front

wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

B y this time it had started to snow. An older

woman running from the opposite direction was

trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor

invited her to wait in the warm church for

the next bus 45 minutes later.

She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor

while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put

up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor

could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and

it covered up the entire problem area.

T hen he noticed the woman walking down the center

aisle. Her face was like a sheet. “Pastor,”

she asked, “where did you get that tablecloth?”

The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check

the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into

it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria .

T he woman could hardly believe it as the pastor

told how he had just gotten “The Tablecloth”. The

woman explained that before the war she and

her husband were well-to-do people in Austria .

When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave.

Her husband was going to follow her the next week.

He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her

husband or her home again.

T he pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth;

but she made the pastor keep it for the church.

The pastor insisted on driving her home. That

was the least he could do. She lived on the other

side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn

for the day for a housecleaning job.

W hat a wonderful service they had on Christmas

Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the

spirit were great. At the end of the service, the

pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door

and many said that they would return..

One older man, whom the pastor recognized

from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the

pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he

wasn’t leaving.

The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on

the front wall because it was identical to one

that his wife had made years ago when

they lived in Austria before the war and how

could there be two tablecloths so much alike?

H e told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he

forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was

supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and

put in a prison.  He never saw his wife or his home

again all the 35 years between.

T he pastor asked him if he would allow him to

take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten

Island and to the same house where the pastor

had taken the woman three days earlier.

H e helped the man climb the three flights of

stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on

the door and he saw the greatest Christmas

reunion he could ever imagine.

T rue Story – submitted by Pastor Rob Reid

who says God does work in mysterious ways.

I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for

you today, to guide you and protect you as you go

along your way. His love is always with you. His

promises are true, and when we give Him all our

cares we know He will see us through.

S o when the road you’re traveling seems

difficult at best, just remember I’m here

praying and God will do the rest. Pass this on

to those you want God to bless and remember

to send it back to the one who asked God to bless

you first.

W hen there is nothing left but God, that is when

you find out that God is all you need Take 60

seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply

say the following small prayer for the person

who sent this to you.

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GRATITUDE… I have been on twitter and facebook today and there are so many people sharing their gratitude for the people in their lives and the life that they are leading.

Gratitude is the first place to start when you want to shift something; to be grateful for where you are at — in this moment. While some many have more materially and others less, this is not what defines us. I do believe in abundance for all. For me the greatest thing to be grateful for is my free will and the right to choose the life that I want FOR ME: for myself, my family, my friends and more — all the relationships I have in my life. I know that as I learn to unconditionally love and honour me, this is mirrored in all my relationships: personal, professional, financial, health and wellness, abundance and more.

I recently had a discussion with a new friend, Vivek, and he is originally from India, from a family with very little. His path has been blessed and he was able to leave, have his education paid for from someone he has never met (done anonymously), was able to do his MBA and now he is ready to give back.

We debated about the fact that 2% (I say 1%) of the world’s population controls all the finances while the other 98/99% do not. He wants to focus shifting the paradigms of the 2%. I say it is both – The 1% need to realize that they no longer need to hoard their abundance, especially financial, and that there is enough for all. The 99% of the population need to realize that they are deserving in receiving this abundance. We all deserve food on our “table”, clean healthy water to drink and a “roof” over our head.

It still begins with gratitude…. there is so much to be grateful for — find that and cherish it. Then let us all work together, brother and sister and empower one another to be our greatest self. As we begin to find peace within, we will change the world, one person at a time.

Enjoy today!

All my love,

Sandra

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