It can only be what it is...



Thursday, November 24, 2011

Time,and letting go

On Tuesday a new gentleman was admitted to where I work. He is an elderly man , veteran of World War II and is considered terminal and may not be with us for very long.
I had met this gentleman previously and taken his photo about a year ago.
I was called to his floor to take his photo for his I.D. and seeing he was needing oxygen it was just easier for me to go to him. He looked a little tired but overall in good spirits.Not much different from the man that I had met over a year ago.
Managed to get a little smile, clicked some photos and we parted ways.

This morning he passed away.

Did he know it was his time ? If he did, it certainly changes in some way the smile he gave me when I took his photo. There was all kinds of staff trying very hard to set up his wheelchair and room for him to his satisfaction.
He just sat there rather bemused by it all when I think about it in hindsight. An orderly gave him a warm blanket, his eyes said it all.
Letting go.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Matthieu Ricard, Monk and excellent photographer

http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/index.php/gallery/

Please check out his work, there is a large body of work from portraits to landscapes. Very nice stuff in my opinion.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

200+ year old interactive tablet found on my doorstep

For a few day this week we have been receiving a newspaper every morning. Not sure if it belongs to anyone on my street. ( No address label or anything but it's an english newspaper and all of my neighbours are french.)
Maybe it's part of a free promotion either way,
Today being Saturday it's a rather large paper and here we are having breakfast and we all have a section of the paper that we are reading together while muching happily away on breakfast.

Comics, crossword puzzles and interesting journalistic opinion pieces.

I think it could catch on....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pema Chodron "Troublemakers"

Pema Chodron "This Lousy World"

Honouring

We always have the opportunity to practice Honouring in our lives. Whether in the form of a personal vow or discipline or out of respect for another, through honouring we will be different. It is sometimes difficult for us to grasp how far-reaching our impact actually is. Ripples spreading from a pebble tossed into a pond can be observed, but how our voice or thoughts or emotions reverberate around the universe is more difficult to comprehend. As you honour something or someone, you will be changed. Your ripples will spread. As you change, your world will change.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Remembrance Day -Lest we forget

Today where I work, we had our annual remembrance day ceremony. For the last few years they have actually had to hold the ceremony on the week-end prior to November 11, as the larger ceremonies grab up all the VIP's and guests of honor.
Every year we have fewer veterans present but the mood is still the same. Every year we have the older veterans who are mostly walker and wheelchair bound struggle to get up to salute and pay their respects to Queen and Country, but mostly I suspect it is to their mates. For the ones that didn't make it back, that didn't have the luxury of watching their kids grow up, that didn't get to grow old and aren't here today to honour their friends.

Every year when the bagpipes play, the trumpet cries out taps, and the choir sings hymns, there are still a few veterans that shed a tear.

For all those who fought for our freedom,
Lest we forget,

Failure

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Compassion


Can't really say much else, but compassion

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I am not this body...

I am so not this body. I feel like a young man trapped in an aging old body. This past month of October has been rough to say the least. Bright side is that it really has rammed home the fact that I am not this body. Now if I could only manage not to be in constant pain...