Archive | July, 2012

Senseless Violence

20 Jul

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this post today. Just a few days ago I blogged about living in the moment after the recent shooting in Scarborough, Ontario.

This morning I woke up to my Twitter timeline being flooded with trending topics such as theatre shooting, Batman, Colorado, Denver, Eaton Centre, and James Holmes. Before even opening the BBC website to read the full story, I had already pieced together the events of the terrible tragedy.

The news of the shooting in Colorado left me feeling cold and my stomach has been in knots ever since reading several stories and watching CNN over the past hour.

Senseless killings and innocent victims.

One of the many things that disturbs me a lot and literally made me cold when I read about it was the story of Jessica Ghawi, known as Jessica Redfield on Twitter. An aspiring sports journalist who escaped the Eaton Centre shooting in Toronto blogged about her experience and how precious life is. I was devastated to read that Ghawi was one of the victims of the theatre shooting last night. I couldn’t believe what I was reading and still have a hard time processing it all.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy, as well as all of the other shootings that have taken place recently.

Merzybean.

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Live in the Moment

17 Jul

In light of the recent summer shootings in Toronto, I started thinking about how quickly life can be taken away from us. The cliche line, life is short, couldn’t ring truer in instances like this. Reading headlines about the lives of innocent people being taken leaves me feeling rather gutted.

I start and end my days (most of the time) by reading the news. So often we are inundated with “bad” news and news of devastation locally, nationally, and all around the world. My mind started to wander as I read the news tonight and lead me to this blog about living in the moment. I haven’t blogged in a while because I have been busy wedding planning so why not live in the moment and write this post!

Some of the ways I strive to live in the moment:

  • Be spontaneous– I don’t always like having a set plan, sometimes an adventure turns out to be more exciting than a scheduled plan.
  • Be grateful– Sometimes it is easy to forget to stop and count our blessings. I am so grateful for the people in my life and for the opportunities I have been rewarded with.
  • Don’t sweat the little things– The little bumps in the road can be a set back but remember to look at the big picture and try not to internalize obstacles, as they help shape who we are.
  • Have no expectations– This is not meant to sound as cynical as it might appear, but this helps me avoid feeling disappointed.
  • Be confident– Confidence will get you through ANYTHING!
  • Trust your gut– When I have that nagging feeling of “should I?” “shouldn’t I?”, I have learned over the years to trust my gut instinct and just go for it. When I ignore my instincts, I often regret it!
  • You only live once– Not to quote Drake or anything… but we really only live once. In my life, it is my goal to try everything once. I don’t like to say no to something I haven’t tried and so far this has proven to get me into some exciting situations!

What are some of the ways you live in the moment?

Thanks for stopping by,

Merzybean.