Little People

August 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Photograph © Tracy Crape

What makes us who we are? Family, friends and colleagues influence. Events lift us up or scar us. The who we are also changes. The shy little girl who grows up to be an outgoing young woman. The exuberant entrepreneur who becomes a recluse.

In the beginning surroundings guide us down a certain path. Guidance of parents, teachers, religion and society contribute to our beliefs and values, creating the expectations of how we will live. Before our globally connected world the informative years held many of us steady on a path set out early on.

The fringe of our experience was only a community or city-wide, the ways of the rest of the world came in carefully curated words and pictures in print. Volumes of encyclopedias were the reference for all things in a static state while magazines were the leading edge of what could be.

Connection of everything by the internet changed the world. Stories and images in real-time sharing experience that shows the success and struggles of people and nations. Our beliefs and values now receive influence at early age and continue challenging a static way of life so long accepted.

Enter our dynamic age. One with a gradual fall of centres of community considered traditional. Town halls, schools, churches and homes no longer advocate youthful direction as kids stretch beyond these limits to understand how they may live their lives and in doing so eyes open to greater opportunity that guides choices.

With all that lies before them, they create and recreate who they are until a place of balance is found. Certainly there are those that still strive down lines straight whether for belief, stature or wealth but many do not follow lines. With broader experience a child is not defined entirely in the likeness of those who reared them. Their lives crafted in a different way that considers more to find a better fit and create balance.

It is not an easy task being young today with a this diverse world ahead. Struggling as explorers of new world, a world that changes with every step. It takes patience to explore all the pieces to find what fits, there are no short cuts and no going back so savour every moment.

Be strong, the best is now.

Coffee Writing

August 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

Photograph © Tracy Crape

Sitting shoulder to shoulder on a grey day. From the open door cool air twists the mist of a warm coffee clad in a paper cup as the sound of tires pealing from wet pavement tells of rain falling.

The weather fills this house, laptops and pens working. Conversation of this and that layer on one another to create a buzz that mixes with music playing almost unnoticed.

Behind the bar a dance of youth preparing drinks and food. Careful steps and side steps, ears perked to take in the next order with happy greetings. It is a nice vibe and the smiles are genuine, people that want to be here as much as those on the other side of the bar.

It is a comfortable place that I like to be, to think and create. Plans for the next hour or for world domination. It all comes together sitting or standing in this place and places like this.

I hope you find a place, your place,  for thoughts to flow and creativity grow.

Migration

August 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

Photograph © Tracy Crape

The migration begins. Away to other places, fields or yards to store for another change of season. The summer equinox of the last economic season a distant memory as the City and Alberta continue to hibernate, downsizing through layoffs and divestitures to survive until the next boom.

Cranes leave the skyline as the projects to expand offices and high-rise living finish in a market of falling demand. The only offset to this decline is the constant increase in signage for sale, lease or rent of these places and others.

It is a shame that so much of the business here works during the ‘good times’ as the economic seasons ebb and flow. Diversification of business does best when there is investment and support for new ideas to become new business continues in tough times too. Developing the vertical living space in the core of the city benefits to sustainability of city infrastructure more than the urban sprawl. This too suffers in getting a hold with the stops and starts of these seasons.

As the seasons of prosperity shorten and those of hardship grow Alberta will have to adapt. The extremes of the bust and boom mentality need to tip investments in favour of the long-term, putting hands into the work instead of leveraging speculation.

As the cranes continue to migrate away from this corner of the world, reflect on what makes a society strong and let go of the ‘wait it out’ attitude. It may never be as prosperous as it once was.

Gratitude

July 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

Photograph © Tracy Crape

Opening the door to a brighter day takes recognition of the gifts we freely receive as part of our life experience. Practicing gratitude is how we can accept these gifts.

What we give thanks for is often what uniquely impacts us in our day. The result is a struggle to find events and experience to give thanks for. Our eyes must take in a careful view of the world, one that looks beyond our lives and into the lives of others. Once we lift our sight away from ourselves we can begin to notice the gestures and acts that have little to do with us except we are witness to them.

Seeing and appreciating starts small moving us to being present in the moment. Observe in detail, pause for a moment as short as a breath to appreciate the details of the day. See the light of the morning sun that brings unlimited possibility, taste the roasted notes as you savour that first sip of coffee and be thankful for this perfect moment.

Moving through the day witness the random acts of kindness, the polite greetings of strangers, the sun and the sounds of children’s voices as they play in its warmth. Be thankful that all that surrounds you is alive and you will see a new world filled with joy.

Happy Friday.

Monday

July 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Heritage Park in Calgary. Photograph © Tracy Crape

Today is the beginning of another week and a day full of memories of the past two. This most recent weekend was complete with backyard events ranging from bocci to Shakespeare, accompanied by good friends and paired with elixirs from Scotland to polish lawn sports and Bordeaux to enhance the arts. Despite a reluctance to break from our routine of ‘us’ and ‘garden’ time in these summer months we enjoyed the change.

Paying the price with time normally spent relaxing in our backyard sanctuary bought the opportunity to catch up with friends, meet some wonderful people and experience something new. Thinking about the fun we had I am now considering future offerings of City events in the parks, gardens and centres for community that surround us. Many need just a little planning and trading time to other devotions (such as social media or drifting through the interwebs).

I found playing games in the early evening and watching a condensed and modern version of a Midsummer Night’s Dream provides more than entertainment, but a chance for discovery.  It begins as a hand shake with a friend or stranger that leads to sharing and listening about a unique view of the world as as told by our stories.

It is difficult to break routine but the benefits of connection and growing in this City and beyond certainly tip in favour of getting out and exploring even if it does take a few hours away from what is comfortable.

What will your next adventure be?

Into the Light

July 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Photograph © Tracy Crape

It is late. Too early to call it morning and hours later than I usually find sleep. My mind is busy in every direction leaving little choice but to pursue the keys to words.

A good day. The start, a tough morning, then movement to an answer remaining grateful it is moving. I feel fortunate in a world struggling for basic needs.

Life gives blessings and I have many. A loving family, supportive and close. A city and home give safety and warmth. A dog named Juno, loyal to me and always close.

I think that says enough, perhaps now I will find sleep.

Goodnight.

Forever

July 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Photograph © Tracy Crape

Find places of challenge to grow. Find places of comfort to rest.

Sleep as darkness falls and wake at the first light of the day. Move throughout the day, mind and body.

Remove the middleman from what you eat, keep close to its source. Food is beautiful in its simplicity, enjoy it that way.

Find comfort in being alone, cherish the time to be in thought without distraction. Life will not always be so peaceful.

Avoid compromise for the sake of fitting in. It takes courage and in time this is what others aspire to.

Friends won’t tell, they will ask. Collect the rare ones and cherish them as a favourite place, safe and secluded.

Family matters, always. No bond is as strong as the one to a child, having one teaches this.

What is done is past and cannot be undone. Make amends and move forward, free of regret.

In this moment is the only time that life is certain. Stay present in Life, tomorrow is always a day away.

Quiet the inner critic, be kind to others and self. Celebrate every day the Living You.

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