Think Locally, Grow Globally

November 1, 2017
by Roz

Week 5 I have no opinion

Our lives are full of interruptions.

Traffic, a sick child, a financial surprise, a long line up, a needy neighbor, a co-worker in crisis, unfaithfulness, divorce, illness, politics, and death.

Interruptions can be appointments for compassion. This is my moment to remind myself to slow down, observe the beauty of this crazy life and savor the love all around me.

I call the upholsterer to recover the cushions from my couch my dog has eaten,  check in with my parents and rush out the door to help my stranded daughter, phone my boss, rearrange my hectic schedule to chauffeur my older children to buy a new car all in 2 days.

Do I have an opinion?  Nope.  Do I judge? Nope.

I was simply reminded of the love all around me when  my future son-law said: ” I have a hard time asking for help, and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate what you did for me, thank you.” My eyes brimming with tears, I say you are welcome.

So many opportunities to love people and for you to be loved and feel love.

Life will be a series of interruptions if you choose to look at it that way, or you can know more loves come to you when you give more time, help and love to others first.



October 23, 2017
by Roz

Week #4 The law of giving and receiving

“Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8b

Someone I love said something that hurt my feelings, I could have shaken that off, smiled and pretended I was fine.  But beneath the surface, it lingers, festers and I withdraw myself emotionally.  I treat this loved one with a frosty response.

Yes, the old blueprint has pulled in the welcome mat and slammed the door shut in my heart.  I think to myself, Why should I leave myself open for more hurt? 

To be honest I find it hard to overlook an offense or be overjoyed when someone gets something I secretly longed for or even be patient when I am stressed out. This is not who I  want to be.

How do I change that?

Well, it starts with the law of giving and receiving, as my day starts I read how today, I am giving everyone a gift that I encounter, smiles, compliments and my pleasant demeanor.   So I do it, smile at strangers, say good morning, hold open doors and guess what, this makes me feel happy, terrific and my day brightens.  Wait a minute,   I am supposed to be giving and making others feel good, so why do I feel good.

That is the goofy part of the law, making others feel good makes you feel good.

So today, an appointment to have my snow tires put on my car, turned into a bit of a mixup, but when I  responded with grace and generosity it was met in kind, I heard those wonderful words “no charge” not only once but twice.

The more you give, the more you get, it is always flowing, so I am trusting this process because I know it was designed for my benefit by a much higher power.


October 15, 2017
by Roz

Week #3 Searching for the Source of the Sun

 The solar plexus,  located behind my diagram is likened to the sun of the body it is distributing energy which the body is constantly generating,  I read that over and over again,  and find it fascinating. As I ponder this I become aware of the cd in my car, I have been playing this particular one for months straight,  on my drive to and from work. But today I hear the lyrics loud and clear

” In my plan to be myself, I became someone else,

Dreaming dreams I hardly know,

Looking through the snow,

For the path to the place that I’d come from

I am searching for the source of the sun.”

Today, I sing  those words with new meaning, I see the red pencil syndrome of becoming someone else, following other people dreams and my search to find the sun and the young girl (the path I come from)

Completely blew my mind, and this inexplicable thing happened out of nowhere. Then  I remember as I sit perfectly still, and think, what creeps into my sleeping subconscious, later at the hospital visiting my Dad I am picking him up a magazine at the little shop and on the counter, a small charm lays there in my line of sight  that  reads “Be still and know…” Psalm 46:10, I am mesmerized

Have I found the source of the sun? My mind is buzzing with energy and a strange sense of synchronicity. This MKE is a wild ride. Crack off another piece of cement.

October 7, 2017
by Roz

Week #2 Thanksgiving

This weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada.

What am I thankful for, I am tearfully thankful my Dad is improving in hospital.

I am thankful for the splendor of the fall colors, I have found two places that take my breath away, the brilliant red mixed with orange, I just stand and stare, pause and reflect, how lucky am I to live here in Sudbury.

This week has been about the pause, observe and reflect.

I now know I can attach any feeling I want to any situation I am confronted with, I choose.

I have felt frustration earlier in the week as my 89-year-old Mom refuses to wear her hearing aids because she is not deaf. I have felt bewildered at the reams of red tape surrounding my Dad’s care in hospital and the co-payments attached to that care.

So today as I prepare Thanksgiving dinner, and bring it to my Mom and then to the hospital to share with my Dad(pumpkin pie too).   I am thankful for the pie left on my doorstep by my real estate agent, thankful for my sister coming into town to help with my parents care, thankful for her purchasing very blingy headphones that my Mom wants to wear, thankful that my Mom will be part of the conversation, thankful for the excellent care my father is receiving, thankful for sharing the love and memories with my Dad today, thankful, thankful, thankful.

Happy thanksgiving Canada



September 29, 2017
by Roz

Week #1 Back in the saddle again

I am looking after my parents. I love them so much.  My dad is 91 and mom is  89 years young.  To watch the aging process ravage my dad’s mind and body is heartbreaking, I watch my mother cry and look to the future with dread.

I remember a strong father who would let us jump off his shoulders into the deep water for hours. I am a ball of emotions, but different since the MKE experience.  I can be professional with the doctors and healthcare agencies, I look like I have it all under control.

And in some crazy way, I do.  I organize, I  plan and  I execute.   I am focused and make decisions for their care and lives, with statistical and financial data and include emotional need last. I am finding a way to keep them both, safe, comfortable and well fed and have the best care as we wind our way through this maze.

Last year, my emotions were not under control, today they are, so my world without is better and making the lives of my parents better.

Thank you and looking forward to another layer of growth.