VIEW FROM THE PORCH: Happiness and destiny in your hands

I miss the Oprah Show, but glad she is touring, even in Canada.

I admit that when the Oprah Show was on I would sit down with a cup of tea and watch.

I kind of miss that break time.

She’s is now touring, even in Canada, with her LifeClass. Four hand-picked experts Tony Robbins,  Deepak Chopra, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Iyanla Vanzant presented a message of hope, happiness and inspiration.

Best lessons: practice gratitude, delete the negative, change is good, make decisions not conditions, determine your destiny, everybody has a story, trade expectation for appreciation, pay attention to the energy and emotions you bring to every experience, happiness is contagious, failure is the result of a lack of resourcefulness and live in PAIN (Pay. Attention. Inward. Now).

Met Nicole L’Orsa, a practising Doula.

She explained a doula is different from a midwife.

A midwife, according to Wikipedia, is a healthcare  professional, providing care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labour and birth, and during the postpartum period.

They also help care for the newborn and assist the mother with breastfeeding.

A doula is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during or after childbirth as well as her partner and family by providing information, physical assistance and emotional support.

Continuous support during labour by doulas, nurses, family, friends is associated with improved health for both mother and baby.

Remember labour and delivery in the past?

More information: Pregnancy Outreach, 847-9477.

Accessibility Awareness Day, Saturday, June 2.

The Measuring Up the North Group advocates on accessibility issues, one being steps into stores on Main Street.

Bright yellow paint, highlighting steps, will create greater visibility.

Permission from store owners was required, Pat Scott and I did the asking.

I dreaded the long walk up one side, down the other of Main Street but was surprised, the job went quickly, store owners and staff were really nice, we were greeted warmly, all seemed pleased to have the interest and the chance to get their step painted.

We really do have a friendly town.

An invitation to attend the launch of the new WorkBC Employment Services Centre, at the corner of Main Street and the Highway, June 8, 11:30 a.m.

Representatives of the Gyologit House – Gitdumden Clan, will be there, with drumming by the Ewk Hiyah Hozdli Dance Group.

I used their fax machine and was impressed by how clean and bright everything was, plus the helpfulness of staff.

If you plan to go, RSVP 847-0182.

Closing with something from the end of an e-mail I recently received:

May you rise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart that something good is going to happen to you.

May your angel free you from the prisons of guilt, fear, disappointment, and despair.

May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.

Lines from Prisons we choose to live in.

In: O’Donohue, J. (1999).