No matter your position in life, no matter your social standing, no matter your financial situation, we all share a common thing. Time is a constant. Time is immutable. It’s what we do with our individual moments that collectively make up our lives.
I find myself pondering life and its meaning a lot lately as we face our challenges and find ways to work through them. A loving touch from my beautiful wife. A kind word from a stranger. Taking pause to think of someone who has done something unselfish. These are all things that are quite lacking in our modern world, and these are also things that can go a long way to adding to the enjoyment we all experience in life.
My mother became quite ill in the late seventies, and in her final years thought it best for the family to find its way out to the West Coast of Canada. This was a place that truly meant a lot to her, and in some way we all believed that just standing on this ground would make everything alright. In some ways it did, in others it didn’t. Regardless of this, I find myself living out here with a strong connection to this land that she loved so much. And through her eyes I see this place in a different way than many others do.
Vancouver Island is a beautiful place. It’s unique in that it features oceans, farms, rolling hills, lush forests, lakes and tall mountains. Through this vast diversity, the pure character and essence of what it means to live here emerges.
Through these eyes we’ve come to appreciate all that lies before us. This connection with the land and with those that surround us drives us forward, no matter what the day may bring. It’s been said before that life is fleeting, but this can only bring meaning if we find the time to appreciate this gift we’ve been given. Through the act of giving we receive, and in many cases the gift given is something difficult to fully appreciate.
On days like today, we like to stop and reflect on these core values. We like to give thanks for all that we have; our family and friends, our health, our island… these are all things that are far too easy to take for granted. These are also all things that can change in the blink of an eye.
Look around you… find someone or something that means a lot to you and take a moment to show some appreciation. We promise you will receive much more than you give.
Thank you so much for your visit today, it really means a lot to us. We always love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments or thoughts you may have.