Archive for February, 2016

#JOLTBlessingStoneLOVE-Giving Away a Little Piece of Hope

February 25th, 2016 | no comments


Just One Little Thing-Blessing StoneOur human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.

~ Nelson Mandela ~

Rough on one side and smooth on the other…just like life.  Place in your hand between your thumb and index finger, and hold it to remind yourself that there is always something to be thankful for, no matter what your circumstance.

I have said this simple phrase literally thousands of times.  I say it as I give away one of my JOLT Blessing Stones.  I’ve been sharing them with people on my journey for years now.  Usually, when I meet people, they tell me their story.  At a speaking event, at Costco, the library, the hockey rink,  even at the border between Canada and the United States.  We connect, and I place the stone in their hand, leaving them with this tangible little piece of hope.

I know I am not curing disease, or ending famines or wars.  But it is my small way of spreading a little goodness in a world that can be far too harsh sometimes.  I know what it feels like to be groundless, floating in sadness, feeling like you are slipping away.  I want to give people something to hold onto, to remind them that they are okay.

For the month of February, I’ve been sending them all over the world.  I send you two, one to keep, one to give away to a person who needs a little love, or a little JOLT. It has been a thrill to see them travel, and to hear the stories.  I thought you would like to see some of the fun we’ve been having.  Person to person, sharing love.

And, if you haven’t requested your free blessing stones yet, you have a few more days.  Click here to get yours.

Sending hugs, kisses, and wishes for oodles of one little things,



Are you Living Your Life Like Punxsutawney Phil?

February 2nd, 2016 | no comments
Can I go back to bed now?

Can I go back to bed now?

Alas! must it ever be so?

Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go,

And fight our own shadows forever?

~Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton~

Well Happy Groundhog Day! This is the day each year that we gaze towards a nervous rodent in a hole to predict the future. According to Wikipedia, the holiday began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries. But before that it has origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog.
If you haven’t already heard, here’s the news that Punxsutawney Phil delivered this morning….Early Spring! The Groundhog says….


I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure if I buy into the weather prediction by rodent approach. But the more I think about it, how can I deny the puffy prophet his credit when sometimes, we all live our lives like Punxsutawney Phil?

Life gets cold, and we retreat into our little havens, where we feel safe and can control our circumstances, because we have limited many of the pressures of the outside world. Then, when we finally decide to venture outside, and leave our comfort zone, the first sign of a shadow, and we retreat, retreat, retreat. We run back into our safe place, to sit and wait out what we perceive to be the ongoing and extended winter in our life.

But what if we’re wrong? What if it is only our shadow? What would happen if we stretched ourselves a little, stayed out in the less than perfect weather? Would we find ourselves stuck in a storm or would we find that we could happily survive outside of our cave living a happy life even if the weather was not completely sunny?

It’s hard to say, but the way I see it, if there is a higher power watching us today as we are watching Punxsutawney Phil, I think he would hope that we see the upcoming spring. There’s life to live, and we only have today once, no matter what the weather.

Phil decided it was an early spring for us. How about you? What are you deciding?

I will leave you with a proverb that I just love.

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~Maori Proverb

Have a shadow free kind of day,