Spice of Life: A few scattered thoughts from the week

Brenda Mallory reflects on her week in this latest Spice of Life.

Focus. That’s what I am told will help. Do you have days when you seem not to be able to focus? That’s me these past couple days as I thought about a topic you might like to discuss.

It started this morning when I went outside to walk the old dogs and myself. It’s mighty dark at 4 a.m.

The dogs don’t mind, the cats are happy and a couple rabbits eat grass. Me? Well, I didn’t pee on every raised thing like the dogs, didn’t eat any grass like the rabbits or chase a mouse. My mind was busy thinking about the readers of this column.

Let me begin in my scattered fashion. I was thinking about how many of us are discussing the demonstrations going on in the world about the corporate greed and lack of jobs, etc. My first inclination is to tsk tsk the ideas. “Look for a job,” I am inclined to say. Then I think about it. A peaceful demonstration may do some good. The problems might be fixed since we are talking about the issues and perhaps some of our elected officials will take a second look at policies.

Talking about elections, I see some good people who are running in our civic election have their signs out to remind us to vote. It is a lot of work and meetings involved in working on a council. I guess the best we can do is to take part in the election by voting.

I have to mention the little coupon card I got from a local store. I could get some money off my next purchase. It was one of those scratch cards. It was valid only if I scratched in front of a clerk. Maybe next time.

Stopped off at a local coffee spot. A large group of young people were having a breakfast of root beer, burgers and french fries. They were getting ready to go to the skate board park. None of that means anything except my pleased look as I watched the youth as they cleaned up the area where they sat. Good for you!

Maybe I am a bit fragmented this week as I recall the great visit we had with my brother-in-law. What a difference a week can make. Laughter, friendship, a few jobs done and a chance to focus on how lucky we are to have some family.

Another family member sent along some sayings I have to share with you.

“Always remember you are unique. Just like everyone else.”

“Before you criticise someone  you should walk a mile in their shoes. Then when you criticise you are a mile away and you have their shoes.”

“If you think nobody cares if you are alive or dead, try missing a couple mortgage payments.”

“Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.”

I will say so long before I branch off into some other meaningless topic. I will now focus on some task outside. The fresh air might clear my mind.

Great to talk to you when I am out and about. Thanks for the calls to 250-846-5085 and the e-mail notes to mallory@bulkley.net.

Brenda Mallory writes the Spice of Life and For the Birds column

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