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One reason that makes this time of year beautiful is the bountiful harvest of wild fruit I collect and then turn into pies, jams, and jellies. Eating some of them by the handful or sprinkled over ice cream or oatmeal is just as pleasant. If you're not aware, blueberry season is currently in it's prime; it was preceeded by Saskatoons, currently shares it's picking time with raspberries, and soon high bush cranberries, chokecherries, and (although not berries) hazelnuts and rosehips will be available.
For a couple of months now I have thoroughly enjoyed the smoker I received as a gift for my birthday. It didn't come equipped with a manual telling me how to use it so I was left with an opportunity to discover how to do it myself. My passion for the outdoors and interest in the hunting lifestyle quite naturally lead to a significant increase in the amount of wild game that I feed myself and my family over the last year. Wild game has so many health benefits!
In the past I often found myself thinking of ways I can be prepared for the future – I don’t have any crystal balls to tell me about tomorrow but being prepared for as much as I can be has found itself to be a good opportunity for expanding my education and health – as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
When I was first asked to attend a meet and greet, today at the Art Hauser Centre, I felt extremely fortunate and honoured. While it was a general meeting open to the public, I went as a Community Liaison and this means a lot to me as I take our city, and my role in it, seriously. Meeting someone who is committed to the wellbeing of millions of people is something I truly appreciate and can learn from as it definitely stretches me far past my comfort zone. As I parked my car and walked into the facility, my mind wandered as I wasn’t too sure what I was to expect because I’ve kept a good distance from politics over the last decade; and mostly because I saw all the parked cars of everyone who was in attendance which I believe was 308! (What a great number!) I quickly became anxious and was beginning to focus on that; however, once I walked through the doors in the Ches Leach Lounge the quietness of the crowd demanded that all my attention remain on the man of the hour.
“Drop the endless guilt trip bullshit. Instead of focusing so much on the things you want to eliminate, focus on the things you want to add to your life.” - Brooke Hampton
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has the power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleanora Duse
With the passing of the summer solstice, I find myself starting to both reflect a bit and dream about the future. A friend and I were discussing the benefits of staying positive and why it’s so important to focus on positivity to ensure we stay on a path that will keep us moving forward. And I want to experience growth in every which way I can. There will be many slips and rebounds; many “jolts”, as in jolt back to reality. When I start to think beyond my own self, these jolts are usually an indication that something needs to change because I’ve become oblivious to the present; either focusing too much on the past or the future. In my opinion, the jolts will be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Don’t wait for them – you never know when they’ll happen – just accept you will stay where you are if you don’t address it. Everything comes and goes; change changes us. The path of life is right there in front of you.