Posts Tagged With: gratitude

Winter Wonderland

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Some of you are probably not going to like this post, and that’s okay. But it seems that Christmas Day is the one day everyone wants to see the scene in the picture above, and most of the time (at least where I am) it doesn’t come. The white stuff seems to be plentiful once the holidays are over. Which isn’t convenient because we are all back at school, work, etc. By now, some of you are depressed from all the snow and the thought of listening to any song praising snow and winter just makes you want to punch something – or someone.

Here in the Great White North, we are accustomed to long, cold and snowy winters. Many decide to head down to the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, while others less fortunate opt to hibernate and binge on Netflix and the like. Nothing wrong with that, however, I choose to embrace winter. That’s right, I actually love seeing the snow, though I hate it when I have to drive in it. But I mean winter is part of what makes my country unique. There is something celestial about hearing the snow crunch under my boots, gazing at the white stuff while inhaling the frosty air. And I want to share a few things to help you embrace winter since you can’t always rely on the possibility of an early spring.

Here are some of the ways you can enjoy winter. For those of you living in warmer climates, feel free to laugh or share this with friends in colder climates.

  1. Skiing – my favorite winter pastime since I was eleven. It’s great exercise and it really gets the adrenaline going. You don’t have to go to the Rockies or the Alps to enjoy skiing (unless you want to). Even a local ski hill will do just the trick. I am fortunate to be within 100 miles of at least six ski hills, and I currently have a season pass to one of them.

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2. Skating – another favorite of mine, and often a more economical winter pleasure. There are bound to be lots of indoor and outdoor choices near you, and if you don’t own skates, you can rent a pair for a modest fee. Plus, it is a great thing to do as a couple or a family. You can even indulge in hot chocolate afterward.

3. Snowshoeing – if skating or skiing isn’t your thing, snowshoeing can be a substitute. All you need is a pair of snowshoes and access to a forest or hiking trail. You might even spot a few furry creatures along the way, such as squirrels.

4. A simple walk through the woods – no equipment needed, just simply take a long stroll down your favorite walking trail. I am also fortunate enough to live close to a mile-long trail that cuts through a forested area. It’s good exercise, fresh air and a chance to get in touch with nature. One thing I love about winter hiking is no mosquitoes, which means a relatively peaceful walk.

Now you don’t have to do the following every day. With our daily grind, it is just not possible. But just once a week is better than nothing. It would be a shame to spend all winter cooped up, soaking up screen time.

One way to bring calmness into your life is to appreciate the present moment. We often get so caught up with what lies ahead, we forget to pause and reflect on what is happening right now. Instead of hating winter and wishing it away, it is better to appreciate it while it is here. Spring will eventually come around.

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Thanks, America!

Now I might lose a few followers with this post, especially with what’s going on with Trump. But I’m not letting politics get in the way, and I’m certainly not joining my friends as they boycott American products.

Most of my friends only go down south of the border for vacation. I, on the other hand, had the privilege of living there for six years. Having received both my bachelor and masters degrees from American universities, I am grateful towards the United States. Without the experience of living there, I would not be the man I am today and this blog would not exist. Furthermore, my WIP takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio.

So, on America’s birthday, I would like to say thanks to her for:
– 33 years – and counting – of wonderful memories in Sarasota, Florida
– Lifelong friends
– Making me committed to serving others
– Making me a proponent of progressive education
– Making me a global citizen
– New experiences such as paintballing, riding in a hot-air balloon, surfing, and serving as copy editor for my school’s newspaper
– Giving me the inspiration and ideas for my debut novel
– Welcoming me when I come to visit

Happy 4th of July to everyone! And to my American friends and followers, God bless America! As for my followers at home, I do hope you will continue to support my blog. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

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Giving Thanks

As we all settle down to a lovely turkey dinner with our loved ones today, we all should give thanks. And I mean this on a deeper level. Yes it’s great to give thanks to all in our company, but the thanks should go beyond the household. Give thanks to all those that have made an impact in your lives, as well as all the great things you have in the world. If you think about this for a minute or two, you’ll be able to come up with a lengthy list.

For me, I am thankful for my family and friends, both near and far away. I am thankful for all my professors who have helped me learn this semester and for their never-ending efforts. I am grateful to be living in a country under democracy with one of the highest standards in the world. A country that allows me such great freedom. And most importantly, I thank this country for allowing me the opportunity to earn my second college degree, which I hope to return the favor one day.

I am thankful for the wonderful writers I have met through Romance Writers of America and Weekend Writing Warriors. Your constant support and critiques have influenced my stories and my writing skills. You also assure me that I am not alone in this world of story-telling. Even though I have not actually met a lot of you personally, you are still my friends.

I give thanks for being in great health, and being able to walk everyday. I give thanks for having food to eat, and clean water to drink. I am just grateful to have these things, which we often take for granted. I give thanks to my country, Canada, for giving me a great start in life and allowing me to grow into the man I am today. Finally, I give thanks to God, who is always there guiding me, challenging me and loving me. He listens to me, even when I don’t actually speak to Him because he knows that I am thinking of Him – Thank you Lord!

So I hope you will eat well, and give thanks to all the people and things you have in this world.

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