Kita’s Gentle Message

See What You Have

Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Gentle Messages | Comments Off on See What You Have

Your shoulder has been bothering you since you got up this morning. “I can’t believe it.  Why would this happen to me now when I’ve got so many things to do today,” you say to yourself.  There are a couple of ways to manage this train of thought: your body is merely telling you to slow down and you’re wise to heed its guidance; second, when you did wake up, were you in a warm bed? Did you have breakfast? Despite the shoulder’s soreness, could you still get into your heated car and head off to do a couple of errands anyway? Did your kids/your...

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Faith and Trust

Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Gentle Messages | Comments Off on Faith and Trust

A little boy was being put to bed by his nana. As she tucked him in, she shared this thought with him: “If you lie here and listen for the front door to open, you’ll know it’s Mommy and she’ll come right upstairs to cuddle with you. She should be here soon.” With that said, nana kissed her grandson good night and silently made her way downstairs. All was now quiet. Minutes later the front door opened; the young woman greeted nana and they exchanged a quick update before realizing her son was talking to himself upstairs. “I hear the front door...

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Find a Way

Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Gentle Messages | Comments Off on Find a Way

I’m leaving for a week-long trip to visit family and friends on the west coast in a couple of days. With work commitments, appointments, family needs and events that are scheduled this weekend, my 24-hour day is packed.  Being in the moment helps as I focus on the task at hand and do not let myself think ahead – otherwise I would feel overwhelmed.  I’m also writing this at six in the morning having risen earlier to accommodate today’s schedule.  I’m taking Mom to the national figure skating championship finals – a day-long affair.  A good way...

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Who Needs You Now?

Posted by on January 16, 2017 in Gentle Messages | Comments Off on Who Needs You Now?

No question – you’re being pulled in all directions: demands at work spilling over into your down time (whatever that is); a neighbour needing a hand with his move; the teacher calling for muffins at the school raffle; municipal meeting on the water bylaw coming up; Ray’s birthday on Saturday; gym morning with your girlfriend; looming tax deadline; “bangs falling in my eyes got to get to the hairdresser” time; and the paint chips are still lying on the dining room table waiting to be looked at. Whew! Got a minute for you? Talking and...

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Allow Yourself the Impossible

Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Gentle Messages | Comments Off on Allow Yourself the Impossible

How are you making out with the one kind thought challenge? And if this is a good reminder then it’s served the purpose. Besides making room for your kindness service, I encourage you to think about the impossible. What seems to be totally out of your reach right now? A well-paying career? A healthy relationship? A strong constitution? Travelling to Australia? Respect from your kids? A bigger place to live? You fill in the blank, remove the limitations that have been self-imposed and start imagining this “I wish I had” scenario. What you...

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Just One Thought Every Day

Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Gentle Messages | Comments Off on Just One Thought Every Day

Your thoughts are clustering intensely as you look to the New Year ahead.  “What do I have to look forward to?” “Am I going to make enough money this year?” “Will I finally lose those five pounds?” “I hope I can get to the gym more than I did.” There’s a lot on your mind as you get to start afresh in 2017.  Is it possible to fit just one more thought in your head? Just one more thought about someone else besides you? How about one thoughtful thought about someone else once a day for the 365 days of 2017? That’s my challenge to you whether you...

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Be Kind and All Will be Well

Posted by on December 26, 2016 in Gentle Messages | Comments Off on Be Kind and All Will be Well

No need for big presents or extravagant dinners; well-timed jokes or fancy drinks; a perfect dress or the latest look; a rehearsed compliment or last-minute email explanation; a vacation to get away or party to go to; no need for impatience, frustration, boredom or feeling full; the only thing needed is to be kind and all will be well with you and your world this remarkable time of year. Happy holidays! To your Happiness, Kita

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Repeating Your Story

Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Gentle Messages | Comments Off on Repeating Your Story

I met up with some friends yesterday whom I hadn’t seen for months, and of course we played “catch up” with what’s been going on in our respective lives. As you know this kind of conversation understandably brings up past events and situations that spill into the now. I found myself telling a story in its pre-present context and feeling a little uncomfortable about it. “Why this story is no longer true the way I’m describing it,” I thought to myself. “The people, the situation – heck, even I have changed since it happened. This story is no...

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Unexplainable Love

Posted by on December 12, 2016 in Gentle Messages | Comments Off on Unexplainable Love

Whether the love of your partner or father, the love of your children, your wife, the neighbour next door, the work colleague you’ve worked with for 10 years; the love of a memory that still sits within you and emerges every time you call out to it; the love of favourite jeans now so soft to the touch; the love of a particular melody that makes you emotional when you hear it; the love of cookies baking in the oven; the love of repeating a poem from childhood; the love of the hot sun on your back or the freshly-fallen snow at your feet. Search...

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And There’s the Waiting, Too

Posted by on December 5, 2016 in Gentle Messages | Comments Off on And There’s the Waiting, Too

Every quest, objective and goal is filled with excitement, personal passion, anticipation, careful planning, hard work, probably some fear, and uninvited criticism but it must be admitted there is heaps of waiting on this journey of yours, too. The waiting is deceptive as thoughts of “I’ve probably made a mistake” or “I’ve bitten off more than I can chew” arise causing you to think you’re on the wrong path. Waiting is part of it. How else can you develop the necessary patience, powers of observation and wisdom if you are constantly doing...

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