Overcoming Tremendous Challenges As They Pursue Their Dreams

I enjoy stories

Reading them, hearing them read out loud, listening to a storyteller.

Among my favourites are those featuring people who were faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges and with their inner strength along with the love of others at their side, they managed to climb those mountains and reach the summit.  And what a joy it is to witness them in those sweet moments of their achievement.

I give you two such stories that were shared with me a couple of weeks ago.  They feature two different young people whose big dreams – at their particular summit – were to share their love of singing.

Here are youtube links to watch, and I hope they bring you inspiration, as they did for me.

The first one features a young lady, Kechi Okwuchi…

 

 

 

And for the story featuring Christian Guardino, I couldn’t find a link that had everything combined, so the first link gives you his performance, and the second one gives you his background story.

 

 

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“Will you share with me?”

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Completely at ease;

Perched on my purse; treat in hand,

You don’t mind, do you?

 

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Hahaha!

I can only be filled with admiration at the audacity, charm, and cuteness of this little furry friend I saw a couple of days ago.

I was almost done my work at the cottage I was cleaning and had already brought supplies onto the porch, along with my water bottle and purse.  The last thing to do was finish mopping the floor.

It wasn’t long before I heard the distinctive sounds of my chipmunk friend coming to check me out.

I learned something new that day.  And I shouldn’t be surprised….really.  My chipmunk friend has a tremendously keen nose. After coming up the stairs and investigating a bit, it crawled up on my purse which I had left open by about four inches, leaned in, tore off some pieces from my apple inside, sat on top of my purse, and munched quite happily on it. Did this a few times.

 

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It could smell the tempting scent of my fresh apple – which was intended to be my after-work snack – from a good distance away.

Funny thing was,  I’d forgotten that I had put an apple into my purse when I left for work, and the way the chipmunk was holding its hands together while eating, it looked more like it was eating nuts. Which puzzled me, because I definitely remembered not having any nuts in my purse!

It wasn’t until after the chipmunk continued on its purposeful way, that I looked inside my purse and found the food source!

Feels good to have shared with my little furry friend.  And yes, I DID finish eating the apple.  Haha!

Hmm….I’m thinking claw scrape marks?  As the munching was done while sitting on its haunches outside and on my purse, keeping a steady eye on me.

 

 

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And a few more photos….of its arrival and just hanging out…..

 

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And then on its merry way again….

 

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Until next time, Chippy!  ❤

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Falling

 

I just came across this gem via one of my girlfriend’s posts.

It gave me goosebumps.

I found it impactful and beautifully done.

It has a profound message.

The Facebook page Access Oneness posted this clip with this lead-in comment:

“So, you lose balance and you fall … but, what do you do next? Stop? Or go on? Make art out of falling …”

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P.S. Re-watching it…..I just noticed something else. Look at the colouring of the trees from the aerial view.

 

Go ahead and Try Some!

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Isn’t it grand to have friends who share something new they’ve tried and encourage you to take a sample?

Yesterday I had gone to the home of my friend, Susan, in order to do some cleaning work there.  As is her customary “greeting” for me, I found one of her daily inspirational books opened to yesterday’s post, an envelope addressed to me, along with something delectable and new to try…..in this case, Sweet & Sour Tamarind

In the past I have enjoyed eating samosas and dipping them into a classic Indian tamarind sauce.  So, I was curious to see what tamarinds actually look like.

 

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The outer shells are of a light, brittle texture and fall apart easily.

Haha!  At first, I mistakenly thought that the outer shell is to be eaten as well.

 

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It wasn’t until I was working my way through the bites and pits – that she had forewarned me for – that I realized that the reddish dried and chewy part inside that tan-coloured outer shell is the tamarind and inside that are the blackish pits.

 

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I nibbled my way through two of those pods from her box.

I rather enjoyed this new and different taste sensation!

 

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Sharing Quotes #1

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While browsing through The Body Shop store today, located in the Scarborough Town Centre (a huge indoor shopping mall), I couldn’t help but notice this eye-catchingly displayed quote on one of the walls.

It’s such an encouraging, inspiring, positive thought!

Worth sharing.

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Note:  The Body Shop’s motto is to provide “Natural Products Inspired by Nature.”

Also no animal testing.

 

Baked Goodies and Chocolates

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Round ones and square ones,

Chocolate or nuts inside;

Home-baked Christmas treats!

 

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A wonderful Christmas time with our kids at home again this year!

Decorating the tree…presents are wrapped…sharing meals together…lots of fun conversations…opening gifts…smiles and plenty of laughter…playing games…hugs and love.

As part of my gift packages to everyone, I added in some baked goodies – some cookies and squares – and some colourful and delicious store-bought chocolate truffles and chocolate Christmas bears.  Yummy!

 

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Another Music Discovery

However much Facebook CAN – if you let it – open up a bigger global community to its users, I have found that blogging has widened my horizons tenfold.

Every time I work at posting my own writing and photography, I also read and look at what other creative people – world-wide – bring to the global community….and I am continuously astounded and amazed, enthralled and….that also includes educated as well.

As a result of exploring what some of my followers are up to – and I am constantly meeting NEW people all over the world as well! – I discovered this gem of a music video…just today… by Jain (whom I didn’t know) and her song “Makeba.” I had posted on Facebook about learning of Miriam Makeba a couple of months ago, which included a youtube link to one of Miriam’s well-known and much-loved songs, “Pata Pata.”

I thoroughly enjoyed Jain’s tribute to Miriam Makeba in an effort to bring this woman’s music and civil rights activist work to a newer, younger generation.

Have a look! 😀

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Click here to see the original blog post published by Slippery Edge, featuring a background story to go with Jain’s music video.

I also searched out a youtube link to the same music video by Jain…

 

 

And if you are also interested, the following is the youtube link of Miriam’s song, “Pata Pata.”

My interest in Miriam Makeba was re-kindled , when by mere chance I heard her song being played a couple of months ago on a French Canadian radio channel, and it brought a flood of memories back for me, because I used to hear that song a lot when I was quite young, and I always loved it.

 

 

 

 

Sharing the Joy!

The fun part of blogging is, of course, in writing and creating stories and poems from within, along with photographs sometimes, and publishing them as a way of sharing those thoughts with others.

Another fun part is in discovering other bloggers and, even more, finding like-minded friends in one’s blogging circle.  Reading their creations, their thoughts, their dreams, their struggles.

I was just in the process of reading through some of my blogging friends’ posts, that I discovered one from Dora in which she writes that she is sharing the WordPress congratulated accomplishment of having achieved 1,000 followers.  As she writes in her blog (and I needed help translating from her native language, Italian), she isn’t one to boast about numbers, even though it IS exciting to see numbers increase.  She decided to share her accomplishment, as it goes together well with the arrival of her new book, for which she is tremendously excited (understandably!).  She gives thanks to all of her followers and those who encouraged her to pursue her dream.

So, why am I sharing her joyful news on my blog?  Two reasons.

  1. As friends will do, we share the joy of others for their achievements.
  2. The added cherry on top, I have to confess, was the link that Dora included in her post.  A youtube link to a band playing a song that has been a cherished one of mine for MANY years, because I totally loved the TV series that spawned that song…..M*A*S*H.  And I learned that Dora and I also share the same appreciation for that series.

And it’s that song – with a pronounced rock flavour to it – that I wish to share with my readers and friends.  I think the Manic Street Preachers do a superb cover of it.

Have a look!

And thank you, Dora, for your post and for your friendship.  I also congratulate you on your new book!!  Be happy….and keep on writing!  🙂

To be Inspired…To Dream

It’s the second day of my 3-Day Quote Challenge!

Having dreams, nurturing them, and having them come to life is such an important part of our lives, but it isn’t necessarily something that everyone does.  For so many reasons.

Dreams are a big part of the fabric of our lives, and they deserve to be protected and believed in and achieved.

There are many quotes on pursuing one’s dreams.

For today I picked this one –

Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Often we have dreams, but also often we get into a mode of thinking that tends towards the negative.  This quote looks to living your life positively….by focusing on your dreams….that which gives you passion and gets you all fired up in life.
And important, too, is that dreams don’t just occur in younger years.  They can spring forth in later years as well.
For my personal example, here is a photo of me at a drumkit, performing with a band in the League of Rock show in December of last year.  I have loved music all my life; however, circumstances and choices made through the years kept my music dream on the back burner…..until they brought me to a place where I jumped into music once again, after my children were well into their teen years.  I started drumming only eight years ago!  When I was 48, I signed up for lessons and the path led ever further…..to playing and more learning and performing.  I haven’t looked back since.  It’s been a blast of a ride!  Lots of dedication and determination and….PRACTICE…..haha!  And meeting all kinds of amazing people and musicians along the way.
I let go of some dreams of my youth but then nurtured other ones to add to my life’s fabric.
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And my nominee today is Conrad .
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(photo taken by Steve St. Jean at the League of Rock Showcase; December 17, 2015)

Always Learning!

Hello Friends!

I have been nominated by my blogging friend, A , to the 3-day Quote Challenge.

Thank you again, my friend, for such an honour.

For today’s quote I picked one that seems to have become imprinted in my brain and heart from the first time I saw it several years ago.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”    – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It appeals to me, because I have observed this experience in my life over and over.  Whether it’s in learning a new skill….or reading something with new ideas….or hearing a new song that touches in a deeper way….or trying out a new food.  Endless possibilities in life, really, for our minds to experience something new and to then move forward in personal growth or personal preferences.

For a simple example, in my case, I developed a liking for olives much later in life.  Before that time, I would steer clear of them.  And mostly because I didn’t know that much about them and partly because the flavour seemed so foreign.  Then!  One day I was given a new food to eat which included olives – black, milder ones – but still, it turned my mind over to the idea that, hey, olives are pretty fine.  Try them again.  And try them in this.  And then, well, perhaps the green ones aren’t so bad anymore.  And try those.  And before too long, I can’t imagine having certain foods and dishes WITHOUT olives.  It’s inconceivable!  Haha!  I love them so much now!

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As I understand it, the 3-day Quote Challenge is comprised of:

  1. Post for 3 consecutive days.
  2. Select and post 1-3 posts for each of those days.
  3. Nominate a blogger to go for the 3-Day Quote Challenge on each of those three days.

And so, I nominate my writer/blogging friend, Stephen , for this challenge.

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AND….in the spirit of the above quote, I’m including a photo of a Tea Party to which I was invited last year.  On the subject of new experiences, it was the first ever tea party for me.  And fun!   I met someone new – the friend of the host.  And there were some incredible delectables!  Taste combinations that were new to me as well.  My mind was given such a treat that day!  Moving forward again!

 

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