was a special day. Events of all kinds were happening across the country. In Canada, celebrations for National Indigenous Day were going strong in every province, so I chose one from CBC to put into the notes with a link – a 45-minute video highlighting “Indigenous creativity, culture, brilliance and community.”
Here in my little corner, I was invited to celebrate the day with my teacher/friend, who was in town for a special yoga event. It was an unexpected gift and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. A highlight, besides seeing and listening to my friend, was being exposed to a young expert in Indian Classical Dance. And to have it explained story style before the performance? I had no idea how much I would enjoy this.
I was also introduced to a previously unknown Indian restaurant, which catered the meal, and it was d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s. The entire day and evening were one of the most significant summer solstices that I have experienced. And the weather was perfect. As I drove home later, I looked up and saw the beautiful moon sliver and one planet against the darkening sky. I don’t think it could have been better.
How Great to Be Alive
And I reflected on how great it is to be alive, share stories, help each other, be helped, learn new things and stay open to surprises.
As many of you know, I treasure the small things. And I am convinced that the sum of these small things adds up to a meaningful life. As I sit here thinking – late at night – because I have been out galavanting for most of this day, I could spend the rest of my days just writing thank-you notes to all the wonderful humans that have crossed my path. Some only briefly; some I have never met in person; some I see every day, and some once or twice a year…The list is endless and only keeps growing.
It is not always the history or the amount of time we have spent but that mysterious X factor that can happen in a flash. (and that can also happen on Zoom) I am unbelievably lucky for the people in my life.
And that is what is on my mind and heart as this summer solstice draws to a close—a heart filled with gratitude and wonder.
1:) Here is a link to a 45-minute video on CBC to celebrate Canada’s National Indigenous Day. ” COME TOWARD THE FIRE is an Indigenous-led celebration of creativity, brilliance, culture, and community. It showcases the voices of artists, speakers, and dance groups from Musqueam and Indigenous nations across Turtle Island.” This link will take you there.
2:) “When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” —Vietnamese Proverb
3:) Photos are from the west coast, thanks to Rob and Gottfried.
4:) With all my best wishes. I hope you had a special longest day in the northern hemisphere too. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Warmly, Trudy