Editor’s Note: As they have for the last couple of years, your summer Pause messages will feature the ‘Best of Pause. These GEMS are readers’ favorite messages from earlier years. Whether you are a long time subscriber, or new to our list, I hope you enjoy them all. After Labor Day, your Pause messages will once again feature all new info and resources.
P.S. – Also, be sure to scan right to the end of this message. You’ll want to be sure to catch the details on my Canada 150 Summer Art Project and the unique Provinces of Canada paintings on offer each week. This week – New Brunswick.
REFLECTION AND ACTION: Broker world peace. Jump-start the economy. Cure cancer. Eliminate poverty. Save the planet.
The range of global concerns seems endless. Even our more modest individual goals and ambitions can end up supersized to the max.
As inspiring and enervating as big hairy audacious goals can be, they also carry significant weight. And, shouldering the weight of the world can feel overwhelming, crippling and exhausting.
That’s why a recent commentary by my Halifax friend and colleague, Peter Davison, struck me so positively.
Peter wrote: “Go forth, do good, return home, stay blessed. Repeat as necessary.”
It’s an approach to daily life and a plan of action that’s blazingly simple and eminently doable.
In the midst of demands on your time and draws on your energy, keep Peter’s prescription in the forefront of your mind.
Get out there every morning. Make a positive contribution to your world. And, at the end of the day, as you turn towards home, spare a thought for the many good things in your life.
That much we all can do – day after day after day.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: When Mother Teresa won the Nobel Prize for Peace she was asked, “What can we do to promote peace?” She replied simply, “Go home and love your family.”
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: Interested in other ideas about taking a simpler approach to life? Check out some of the ideas put forward by Leo Babauta. He’s the author of these books: Focus – A Simplicity Manifesto In the Age of Distraction, Zen Habits, and Clutterfree – all of which are available as e-books on Kindle.
Babauta is the creator of an ongoing blog about all things simple. This link will take you to the Zen Habits Blog Archives.
CANADA 150 SUMMER ART PROJECT: In honor of our country’s 2017 anniversary celebrations, I’m delighted to introduce my very own Canada 150 Art Project. I’ve created one painting to honor each province – all ten of which I’ve had the joy of visiting over the years.
One unique provincial landscape, seascape or streetscape will be featured here at the end of the each of the summer GEMS messages. Ten paintings are up for grabs – one for each province – and one each week.
This week’s offering features New Brunswick. Read on for what you need to know to make this painting yours.
Each painting is 8” x 10” in size and although it’s not shown here, each one will arrive mounted in a double white mat bringing the outer dimensions to 11” x 14” – ready to pop into a standard frame of your own choosing.
The price for each painting will be $150 (taxes included) plus $15 for shipping to anywhere in Canada.
Each painting will arrive with a written commentary on a few of my memories of that particular province.
If you are looking for a unique remembrance of Canada 150, and you’ve always wanted to buy an original watercolor from the Pauseworks Studio, here’s your chance.
Just send me an email message with the words ‘Canada 150 – I’ll Take It’ in the subject line. The first reader to call dibs on each week’s masterpiece takes it. Good luck and Happy Canada 150.
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