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Gettin’ Jiggy With Fear

Do What Is Right
Created on my first printer, full of holes and stained from hanging on my fridges and dream boards over the decades, this simple icon still remains as a reminder.

It isn’t often I sit down to watch a movie, I am very particular about my entertainment with great respect for what I subject my eyes and mind to, time is precious so if I’m going to invest it in a story, it has to move me in a positive direction and if it’s really good I’ll be thinking about it long after.  Like most, I have my favourite actors and actresses and I’ll take a chance on anything they produce because of what I know about them and the excellence they continually represent. Will Smith is one of those actors.
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Appreciation From A Mom’s Perspective

A good friend who always sends me great stuff shared a Google video with me yesterday and I watched it this morning. It’s a full 47 minutes long and worth the watch…

I was surprised at my reaction and thoughts as I watched. I responded to it not out of amazement for the abilities of the folks in the movie; what came up for me was from the perspective of being a Mother to a child that exhibits similar ways of being.

On the eve of Mother’s Day I am hearing Abraham’s wise words inside my head. They are about releasing our children to their own “contrast”, to their own life’s experience to create what they want of it. It requires a surrendering to that which is often contrary to what we think is “good” or “bad” for our child.

I think if I summed it up in a brief statement, the most difficult thing about being a parent is staying out of the way of the development of my child. I am very careful to allow for our generational and evolutional differences that often manifest themselves as very different ways of being. What I want for him is what every parent wants for their child – “joy” in their being and living. How he goes about finding his way to that is something I am learning “not to mind”.

If I had “fear” of anything at all it would be that I affect him with my own perceptions of “limitation”. In staying out of his way, I have learned the immense value of staying out of my own way. As a Mother to my own inner child, the rewards and results of continually mastering “that” are showing up all around me.

I appreciate the gift of my child as the greatest teacher in my life so far. He has been the perfect mirror of me to stand in front of. I hold myself accountable for what I do and how I Am in his presence. He continually provides feedback to me on where I’ve come from, where I’m at and where I’m going.

I am honored that he chose me as a major player on the stage of his life. You can keep your Oscar, and it’s my intention that I’m worthy of an academy award performance before the final curtain closes!!

Enjoy this amazing documentary!

“The Boy With The Incredible Brain”

Happy Mother’s Day From Isaac’s Mom and Ann’s Daughter!

Experience chocolate like never before!
Chocolate Manifestations…

Family Reunion Time!

The Whole Gang
(Click on any of the pictures to view them bigger or surf the whole album.)

It’s been 6 years since my son and I joined the rest of the family for a few days of summer fun and frolic at our favorite spot in Northern Ontario.

I’m pretty sure I learned more about myself in the few short days with my family than I learned in the previous 2 seminars I attended just days before!

My Boy!

My son and his cousins represent the 5th generation on Red Cedar Lake Camp! My Great Grandfather helped to build one of the fishing camps on the lake. 250 miles North of Toronto, my Grandmother talks of 12 hour drives on rutted roads sleeping on the floorboards of the family car as a child. Today the drive is just under 5 hours with widened and paved roads!

Our summer getaway is a serene and fairly untouched lake. It sits on Crown land and there’s very few private property owners on the lake itself. The energy of the place rejuvenates the soul and quiets the mind, even though it takes a couple days to acclimatize to the slower, more relaxed pace! We catch the most fish too! After 5 generations we are “at one” with the fish…

Jeff Coombs

Can I come in too?!

I’m always pleasantly surprised at how “functional” our family is in this environment, the drama and challenges get put aside and left behind – fun is the focus of the days. Rich customs and rituals have developed over years of gathering together for the annual time-out. July is a month of anniversaries – Mom & Dad’s 46th this year, birthdays and first times in the water!

Baby's First Swim

We had so much fun, next year we have reservations to stay for a month!

Brother Jeff

Until then…keep a tight line eh?!