Happy Canada Day!

Canadian Flag - ParliamentGreetings all.

Happy Canada Day!

It’s been 6 months since my last blog entry due to a fairly serious accident I suffered shortly after my January 8 blog post.  Maybe I’ll tell you more about that some other time.

But today – today felt like a great day to restart.

Why?

Because Canada Day is one of my favourite days of the year.

This is a day when we as Canadians can pause and give thanks for this wonderful country that we have the privilege of calling “home”.  How fortunate we are. Really.

I have lived in several countries and have traveled to many more (some of them too many times to count).  I believe that there are many great places to live in the world. And, I believe that Canada is one the best among them. I am so grateful to have been born here and to be able to live here.

We have a “just” society, a country that is – for the most part – kind, gentle, and caring. We help each other out, we seek to honour each other’s traditions, cultures, and religious affiliations.  Generally speaking, we strive to respect and celebrate our differences rather than suppress and punish them. How fantastic is that?

We can speak freely without fear of being punished, threatened, beaten, imprisoned, or even killed by the authorities who rule over this country.  We can openly challenge our government without fear. We can generally walk along the streets of most parts of our cities – even the biggest ones – day or night and feel safe (and importantly, BE safe).

We have publicly funded medical care that is available to everyone. Yes, it has its flaws and it is a system under strain given our aging population of post-war baby boomers and the increasing cost and complexity of medical treatments, but wow – it’s amazing.  And then there are all the other programs designed to help those who need a hand.

We have natural beauty, wide open spaces, majestic mountains, fresh, beautiful lakes – SO much to enjoy and appreciate.

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here.

I know this paints a very rosy picture of our country. Maybe it paints a picture so rosy you think I’m deluding myself. But I don’t think I am. We have our flaws – for sure. We are far from perfect. Some of our policies – including some of our foreign policy – really leaves something to be desired. But that’s not the point of today’s post. Today is about celebration and gratitude.

I’m not sure how often I’ll blog now that I’ve returned to the space, but I’m not going to concern myself with that today.

Today, I will celebrate my country.  For all Canadians and all lovers of Canada, I wish you a Happy and gratitude-filled Canada Day.

Comments

  1. Penny says:

    Everything I’m feeling about this day, and so beautifully expressed. Thank-you

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