This summer, our family did not venture far from home for exotic, faraway holidays. With three little ones in tow (particularly one crawly baby), it sounded, well, like a hassle! Plus, summer is the only time in Alberta when it isn't winter (except when it is), so why not stay to enjoy it?!
What we did was rediscover the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Hiking, exploring, and, of course, ice cream-ing on the weekends was a highlight of our weeks. To finish off the fabulous summer of hiking, we tackled what turned out to be the Mt. Everest of our preschoolers' lives - a 500m ascent over 3km to "Larch Valley". I am no woman of the woods, so I had never before heard of these larch trees: deciduous needle trees which turn a golden yellow before losing their needles altogether in the early fall.
The beauty of the sight was thoroughly stunning and altogether inspiring! Like the intricacy of the beauty in creation, so I am also amazed by the craftsmanship of our kantha blankets. New throws are available now!
We've listened to the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman countless times in my house (or, as my music app tells me: around 30), and the chorus of this song — "Never Enough" — keeps ringing through my head.
The song itself is about love (ie. without you, all the amazing things in the world will never be enough), but as we head into the busiest shopping season of the year, I feel like "Never Enough" is the battle cry of retail marketing.
“We don’t hire homies to bake bread, we bake bread to hire homies.”
I have often written about my love & admiration for Father Greg Boyle (Father G) and the work he has done with the gang population in Los Angeles with Homeboy Industries. It is not an easy thing to promote the dignity of people who have been involved in violent criminality, finding kinship in mutual love and respect.
This line — “We don’t hire homies to bake bread, we bake bread to hire homies.” — is a perfect description of the complex dynamic of running a business that is, at its core, motivated to employ a marginalized population.
For many of us — perhaps especially if you have kids in school, or an affinity for fall —, September is the perfect time for a fresh start. I wrote last week about my fresh exercise start after a summer of indulgence!
Whether it is the new calendar year, or a new school year, milestones offer a great chance for fresh starts. I think it is a fantastic time to dream about what will be different, what systems can change & improve, and how to begin well.
But here we are, mid-way through September, and I want to offer another thought:
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