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Life is about change, sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. Caroline Manzo

Picking the tomatoes feels like the beginning of settling in for winter. Winter is one of the forces that shape our lives. If we like squirrels gather enough to get through and have seeds to plant the next year we like the squirrels are successful.

Is this going to be the winter of our discontent? We don’t know what the future holds but as I listened to a sermon from Church of the Rock out of Winnipeg the Pastor told us we must live life for the long haul. We don’t know when we will be free of mask-wearing and what if it is required for longer than we think. We must figure out how to go about our business so we still have businesses. We must live our lives. So many couples have postponed weddings this year, but is it really prudent to wait until…

Too many things in our lives can wait until… Until they never happen. We’ve all thought of doing things we didn’t do. Some of the things we didn’t do might be good, but we see other people doing what we thought of, but never implemented.

We always have to make the best of our situation even if we would like it to be different. When I look over my Mother’s life I think what a time to have lived through. Her parents would have gotten married just after the Spanish Flue of 1919, then came the crash of 1929, the dirty thirties, and the Second World War. It was a rough start for that generation but they built their lives. My generation has lived in relative ease, peace, and plenty.

We may be going through the defining moments of our time. We need to do what we can to help others but what we most need to do is help ourselves to live good lives. We don’t know if we are at the beginning, the end, or the end of the beginning. What we do know is even though we have some problems in our society, it is a good society. It is easier to tear things down than it is to build them up. This is true of our health, businesses, communities, cities, and countries.

She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. Elizabeth Edwards

We have a lot to be thankful for. Not giving up is how the greatest generation and their parents lived from 1914 to 1945. For anyone living through that time, it had to seem like one thing after another. None of us know what is in our future, but we have to do our best with what we have.

Last night on Sixty Minutes, an Architect became blind after an operation to remove a brain tumor. What is a blind Architect to do? The Social Worker came in 24 hours after it was confirmed his loss of sight was total and permanent to talk about career options.

He has found a way to work as a blind Architect. He found a printing company that could emboss the plans so he can feel the lines. He uses a crayon that leaves a raised line to make changes. He says he can feel the spaces he used to see. He is working to help design buildings that are assessable to the blind. Blind people are totally dependent on public transportation and they need to be able to navigate through the maze we sighted people get confused in. He has worked on projects like these. He sees the possibilities in his life he didn’t see before. He said, “If his sight was restored he doesn’t think it would actually make his life better now.”

Maybe that is the question. What does make life better? Maybe learning to roll with the punches that life throws at us and turn them into something good is what makes life better. Learning and growing through challenges whatever they are might be what makes life better. What if we embrace challenges as opportunities for growth?

What if everything we are going through now makes us better as a people, society, country, and world?

When something goes wrong in your life, just yell, “Plot Twist!” and move on. Unknown

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. Lou Holtz

Always believe something wonderful is going to happen. Even with all the ups and downs, never take a day for granted. Smile, cherish the little things and don’t forget to hug the ones you love. Brigitte Nicole

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