Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

Giving and receiving are different expressions of the same flow of energy in the universe. Deepak Chopra

The wedding is over, and the marriage begins. A wonderful weekend of festivities is over. My feet are still sore – why do pretty shoes hurt our feet so much?

The DJ played the wrong song for the bride to walk down the aisle. I didn’t notice! She said to herself, pictures are being taken and she smiled and walked down the aisle and now they have a story to tell. One of the things to know in life is it isn’t life going along how we want it, but how we react when it doesn’t that makes the stories.

We went out for brunch with some of her family and had a barbecue with some of ours in the evening. It was a wonderful wrap-up to a beautiful wedding. Perhaps marriages are like birthing a child. They take a gestation period of planning and preparation culminating in a celebration. After going through the whole process we are changed in subtle ways.

After all this our families are joined, my daughter’s parents-in-law came to the wedding and we are going to our daughter-in-law’s sister’s wedding reception in a couple of weeks. The ties that bind are being woven.

Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have. Jim Rohn

We may wish we could stay in a simpler time, a time we liked better, but we are here. Our children have created their own families, and life is progressing as it should. As I write this I am listening to someone talk on the radio about what is happening in Quebec. The French and English were never in an equal marriage even in the beginning. Taking draconian action against the English is not likely to make Quebec a better, stronger, or more equal society.

We are equal as individuals and that has to be good enough. I sometimes think it isn’t but I have to give myself a shake. What other kind of equality is there? My family, scattered across Canada hasn’t had the weight in my children’s life that my husband’s family has. We are more numerous but less present.

Two of my sisters were present at my son’s wedding. It is a blessing my oldest sister flew across Canada to be with us. It was a lot of effort to celebrate with us. My nephew that danced at our wedding, danced at our son’s.

These lovely moments build our lives. Sharing them with friends and family strengthens our bonds and we will share moments and memories over the years. Our little dog was cared for by my friend’s son, another deeper connection.  

The more we put into life the more we get out of life. The more people we love the more love it seems we have to give. The more we widen our circle, the more willing we are to widen it further. The more people’s lives we touch and who touch our lives the more fulfilling our lives are. The more we give, the more we get.

Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting. Unknown

A balance of giving and receiving is essential to keeping your energy, mood, and motivation at a consistently high level. Doreen Virtue

Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process. Jim Rohn

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