Ottawa River

Gratitude – 1 more

I’ve probably written more postings about gratitude than on any other topic. I know – I’m a broken record!? But here I sit on a rock outcropping overlooking the Ottawa River at what is perhaps my very favourite place on the planet. A stunningly beautiful beach – utterly unspoiled, mostly un-peopled most of the time, even – & across the river are hills & trees-trees-trees…& more sandy beaches.

It’s to die for!!  

I no longer live within easy walking/biking/driving distance of this gorgeous spot (as I did at one time), & am only visiting in the area for a short while.

And, right now, feeling very very grateful.

I’ve been connected to this river my whole life, really. Well, ever since I was two, anyway. Grew up way, way downriver, east of Ottawa, west of Montreal. Then, later, had a close relationship with a cottage that was upriver from Ottawa.

The river keeps calling me back! Sort of mysterious, really. 

But I’m digressing utterly from what I set out to say. It’s really just a quick thought I wanted to express. Merely an opinion. Strongly-held…but merely an opinion.


I think the mess our species is now in – a mess we’re in utterly up to our eyeballs & near-drowning in, by now – can be laid at the feet of a very simple (but profound) phenomenon.

I believe we ceased as human beings at some point (debatable when, but does it really matter at this juncture?) to be grateful – deeply, deeply reverent & grateful – for the stunningly beautiful, abundant planet that is our home.

We began taking it “for granted.” Abused & polluted it (& ourselves) with greed & violence & a deep lack of proper care & regard.

Some of us have lost relationships to the very same phenomenon, really.

A failure to celebrate & be grateful to & for each other.

Too much taking things/circumstances/people for granted.

I think we all want an abundant & fulfilling life, don’t we? I wish we would all of us, every single one of us, consider taking up a simple but miraculous & transformational habit.

Active, mindful gratitude.

I’m not going to tell you how to do it – I’ve already written about that elsewhere (all related postings are listed here, & there is a how-to posting on the list).

I can almost guarantee you that a faithful effort at this will change your life.

Gratitude is actually magical.

But don’t take my word for it…try it out for yourself!

It won’t cost you a penny – & it will very likely end up making you rich!


p.s. although wealth, as I’ve learned along the way, actually has nothing whatsoever to do with money

‘Quote of the day with this post: “Abundance is not something we acquire. It’s something we tune into.” Wayne Dyer (more gratitude quotations here)


Ontario Election: Who Won?

So, the Ontario provincial election happened yesterday. Tiring day for many of us!

Many of us had feared a Conservative win; thank goodness that was avoided! :) We’ve got plenty enough trouble already with our recently-elected federal Conservative majority & a conservative wrecking ball on the loose in Toronto.

The McGuinty liberals are back just shy of a majority government. Both the Conservatives & the NDP made gains. I’m not at all politically savvy, so what this will all mean, I’m not even going to speculate. Time will tell!

Just a few thoughts about who “won” & who “lost” in this process.

Green energy & related jobs “won.” A Conservative government would have trashed the growing green energy movement here in Ontario.(1)

I both “lost” & “won.” The Conservative old boy in my riding of Durham (east of Toronto, in Darlington Nuclear Generating Station territory & upcoming incinerator territory too, actually – planned incinerator right near the nuke plant; fun eh?? Not) was re-elected for a 5th term – but I feel I won, at least, by taking part.

I distributed leaflets about Liberal & Conservative support for nuclear energy (& plans to spend $36 billion on new nukes at Darlington) for both the Ontario Clean Air Alliance & Greenpeace.

I attended an all-candidates’ meeting where I checked out my local candidates & changed my vote (I usually vote Green Party but went NDP this time).

I talked election with lotsa people – all this to say at least I was not apathetic!

(I love this quote: “People will say with pride: ‘I’m not interested in politics.’ They might just as well say, ‘I’m not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future, or any future.’” – Martha Gellhorn)

On this morning’s lovely fall walk on the trails in the Nonquon outdoor education centre woods north of Port Perry, where I stuck to my usual tendency to not adhere to a plan, or stay on a path, I mused on how “negative” circumstances so often lead to “positive” reactions or outcomes.

In Durham Region, more & more people are cluing in to the utter corruption of our local regional political process & politicians, & the plans to burn garbage (along with millions of taxpayer dollars) in the planned incinerator.

I said to my friend this morning that I’ve often observed that people who seem like “enemies” unwittingly create great openings for neat things to happen. Like the older man in the Ottawa River town I lived in for 6 years who used to write kooky letters to the paper saying things like how DDT should be brought back – giving those of us passionate about creating a pesticide-free town an opening to add more reasoned information to the debate.

The image I came up with was that people like this man (whom I actually saw earlier this week at the Chalk River Laboratories re-licensing hearing, where he told me he is not concerned about the nuclear wastes at that site. Eek!!! I am unable to share his cavalier attitude about radioactive poisons seeping into the Ottawa River, & I expect most folks downriver would be similarly unable to be cavalier about it!!) Well…what people like this are good for is saying & thinking kooky stuff that helps make others come out of the woodwork, sort of the way the rain brings out the earthworms. It’s a bummer (slight understatement here) that our amazing Earth has been hit so hard with our assaults & our ignorance that I have to look upon nuclear boosters & corrupt politicians & planet-destroyers as good for earthworm action – but Hey!! It’s a very beautiful day here in southern Ontario & I am bound & determined to stay upbeat!!

Janet :)

'Quote of the day' w. this post: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell, US folklorist & expert on mythology (1904 - 1987)

(1) I was told recently that there are 250,000 jobs in Germany in the solar/wind biz. 100,000 in the U.S. Nothing to sneeze at!!