Let’s be thankful

Gratitude  is the topic of my post today.

Be thankful for everything you have even if you have little. Everything you are and who is part of your life. Everything you feel. Love, admiration, joy, compassion…

We must learn to say Thank you many times a day. I think this is the most important word of  all. Saying and showing appreciation for our life, our health, our family,  our friends, the food we have in the fridge, the light we get when we turn the switch on… When your start to think about it there are so many things to be thankful.

Fresh air when you go for a walk, beautiful trees and flowers, clean rivers and lakes. The rain , the snow, the wind…Grateful for different seasons although I prefer spring and summer and now it is fall.

In Canada , we celebrate THANKSGIVING on October 14.  It can be a good occasion to have a meal with family and spend some time together. Sometimes we like to go away and we need to schedule for another weekend.

I am so thankful for all the good memories I have. Many great trips in many different countries. I am grateful that I can walk, cycle , ski or swim. I am grateful to be me and to learn new things everyday.

When you start to be thankful , you feel different.  A few weeks ago,  every morning, I  started  to write  my blessings .  I don’t think there is a best way to start the day . Saying why I am grateful for those blessings also. It is so easy to incorporate gratitude in our life. I wonder why it is not taught starting  in pre-school.  I remember teaching a song , in French to my little 3 and 4 years old students.

“MERCI, MERCI , MERCI BEAUCOUP.  Merci pour les fleurs, merci pour les arbres et pour le soleil qui brille sur moi.”

It was an easy song saying thank you for flowers, trees and sun.

Learning to be grateful  should be something we teach our kids as soon as they can talk. Maybe thanksgiving is the best day to think about gratefulness and start the new habit to write your blessings.

Angeles Arrien says : “Gratitude is a feeling that spontaneously emerges from within. However, it is not simply an emotional response; it is also a choice we make. We can choose to be grateful, or we can choose to be ungrateful—to take our gifts and blessings for granted. As a choice, gratitude is an attitude or disposition.”

“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.”~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

GRATITUDE eliminates fear, worry, grief, and depression. It brings happiness, clarity, patience, kindness, compassion, understanding, and peace of mind. Gratitude  brings solutions to problems and  increase the chance to make your  dreams  a reality.

Small, grateful acts, every day can uplift us, make a difference for others, and help change the world.

Let’s be grateful today and every day of our life.

THANKS for reading. And if you wish you can comment too.

September

As September is slowly crawling towards what will be autumn too soon, I have to believe that this month is precious in term of daylight and good weather.

I am so happy to be back to normal life after dealing with an injury. I am more positive than ever. Every day I say my gratitude for who I am, what I have and what I know. I know that I am learning every day and this learning process makes me happy. I feel I am entering a new phase of my life. It feels so so good.

What is ahead of me, I do not know but I am happy to where I am right now and who is around me. I learned a lot while walking the Camino in May/June. This adventure was an amazing challenge and every day it is still very much present in my mind.

I have started a blog that you can follow. Take time to read if you have time.

Join me on FUNandLIFE.2 There are already a few posts and every Tuesday there is more to read.

https://francef55.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/puy-en-velay/

I am doing a lot of writing that could become a book. We’ll see!

Thanks for your comment and reading.

Ending summer.

Summer pleasures. Getting up with the sun. Enjoying the fresh air on my deck as I just get up. Drinking my coffee outside. Hanging clothing on a line on sunny days.Walking in the forest. Admiring the flow of a river or a water fall. Spending time tending to the flowers of my garden. Smelling the lavender. Having dinner outside. Listening to the birds singing.Sitting outside to read. Enjoy the longest days of the year. See hummingbirds. Watch squirrels. Go up the mountain to say hello to grizzly bears (behind a fence). Picking up strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Eating fresh local fruits.

As August stretches toward September… we can feel a change in the air. Fall wants to let us know that once again it will come. Oh ! Too early for me. I already miss the warm evenings. There were a few, not enough and I would enjoyed more.

The end of August is here and each sunny day is a blessing. How nice this season is when you can go for a hike in t-shirt and shorts.

If you did not have the opportunity to read posts on my new blog. FUNandLIFE.2. Check it out. It is all about my adventure on the Chemin de Compostelle in France.

https://francef55.wordpress.com/2019/08/02/se-raconter/

Enjoy the rest of the month . Thanks for reading.

 

Camino

Hello readers !

I  took a long sabbatical from this blog.  I am here today to tell you that I am working on a new blog. Fun and Life. 2.  It will be a slow start but I think you will enjoy it. I  will share with you my experience on the GR65, which is one of the Chemin de Compostelle in France. It is also called Via Podiensis or Voie du Puy.

I don’t have one word to describe this challenge but I am really happy with  our achievement. Over 800 km in 39 days.

On the photo you can see where the pilgrims are leaving the Cathedral in Puy-en-Velay.

I hope that you will be interested in reading my story.

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Inversion over YVR

On January 15, 2019.

I was on my way up to Cypress Mountain , a mountain on the North Shore of Vancouver. I was able to capture those photos over down-town  Vancouver and the Straight of Georgia.

This is what we call  temperature  inversion.

On long stretches of lingering fog or days when the mountains are warmer and sunnier than down at sea level, a temperature inversion is often to blame. The fog may just let us see the Lions Gate Bridge and a few high rises.

It is a common occurrence here in Vancouver, and is a term many Vancouverites may know well. But  have you heard about it ?

Let me know if you like those photos. I could be my last post here on Fun and Life as I am running out of space. This blog started in 2014. It has 183 posts. I am thinking on starting another blog:  Fun and Life-2. Stay tuned !

Thanks for your comment or visit.

2018 in review.

It is good  to think about all the adventures, travels and fun days of 2018.

Today, I am sharing many photos. 2018 was a busy year with travels.

I was very happy to discover many great National Parks in USA.

I also traveled in Canada ( Montréal, Québec City and the area where I grew up in Quebec, not far from Kamouraska). It was great to revisit with friends and family.

In the fall I traveled in Europe : Switzerland, Italy and France.

I  have wonderful memories of those days, walking on the Dolomites, around Como  Lake, Varenna, Bellagio, Como, Milan, Verona  and  visiting Venice ( for the second time).  It was already October when I spent time in  Riquewihr and other small  villages of Alsace in France. Colmar, Strasbourg.  In Switzerland : Appenzell, Bern, Basel, Sils Maria ( Swiss canton of the Grisons.) and time in Geneva , a lovely city with the Lake Geneva also called Lake Léman.

And then fall came with the pretty colors of leaves. But also another trip in Mexico. enjoying the beach and the warm weather.

On one hand we  can count the days left of 2018. Another year that went so fast  but I enjoyed it so much.  I am getting ready for another good year.  Now I will wish you a great 2019 with good health, peace, joy and love . Thank you for taking the time to read my posts.

Travel and photography

” The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” is a quote from Gilbert K. Chesterton.

I found some other interesting quotes and I want to share them with you today.

“You get educated by traveling.” S. Knowles.  I must say I also learn a lot when I come back home  and take time to research places I visited. While I travel there is  not enough time to get it all.

“We wander for distraction but we travel for fulfillment. ” H. Belloc  I can understand people who don’t like to travel  as we have different personality and needs. would I be bored if I couldn’t go anywhere ? maybe I would investigate more  my own town.

“Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.” S. Sontag. Yes, photography is giving us opportunity to relive our trips. What can we do with those photos ? A book, a calendar, some cards. You can also share with people on Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, 500px or else.

I do not count anymore the amount of photos I have in folders on my computer. I never try to take less photos knowing I could delete the bad ones when I get home. It takes time to edit after a trip but all my photos create so many memories. They are going to be part of me forever.

Do you have a favorite quote on traveling ? You could share it with me if you want. What have you done with your photos since the digital era ? One thing for sure we take more and more photos as it does not cost more to take  4 or 24 !!

Thank you all for your visit and comments.