Happy World Kindness Day! While this game is designed for school children, it definitely may be adapted to individuals of all ages. Sharing love and kindness costs absolutely nothing but can make a world of difference to someone. Consider what you can personally do to make the world a better place and commit to doing it.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu
“Palliative care is not what happens when all treatments have failed. It does not mean “giving up” or “stopping the fight.” If you are fighting cancer or Lou Gehrig’s disease, palliative care means a team of people — such as doctors, nurses, social workers and others — will help make sure you have what you need to continue fighting.” Dr. Jeff Myers – University of Toronto
“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
Just a week ago one of my work besties and I were speaking about her daughter going on the March of the Living trip next spring and how her generation will be the last to hear from first hand survivors about the horrific atrocities committed by the Nazis. Shortly after that conversation happened, I saw about a post about conversations with a survivor hosted by the Markham Public Library and Neuberger Holocaust Centre featuring Holocaust Survivor Howard Chandler.
Just weeks shy of his 90th Birthday, Howard shared his experiences of being Jewish in Poland, forced labour and being sent to the concentration camps including Auschwitz, losing four of his five family members, finding his last living family member – one of his brothers again, how they made their way to Great Britain and then he moved to Canada on a dare. His brother remained in England. Howard arrived in Halifax, eventually moved Toronto, learned English at Harbord Collegiate, met his wife, married, had four children and seven grandchildren. I highly recommend if you are presented with the opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor speak, show up. Soon our world won’t be able to hear these stories from those that lived the horror and were one of the lucky ones to survive. Thank you Howard for sharing with all of us.
“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” Albert Schweitzer. Discovered this leaf on my car this evening when leaving work. We are slowly saying goodbye to another season.