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Friday, 24 April 2020

114/366 Photo of the day – tonight’s sunset with geese – 24 Apr 2020 ©WQuinn

I didn’t realize the impact the Nova Scotia shooting had on me, until I read an email from my Deputy Ministers to our Nova Scotia colleagues, offering their condolences and support on behalf of the department. A wave of sorrow and grief washed over me. And that’s when I realized, the melancholy I felt yesterday was related to the events that took place over the weekend in Nova Scotia.

Although I didn’t know any of the victims or their families, I know and love Nova Scotia. It is my home away from home. I lived there for a short time in 2010, made some beautiful friendships and fell in love with the spirit of the land and it’s people. It will be my retirement home one day.

I grieve for the victims, their families and friends and the innocence lost. There are many small towns around the province that don’t lock their doors, ever. Or they leave a key close by that everyone knows where it is. The friendliness, the way they open their doors to strangers, their love of life and family and the simpler things.

I love you Nova Scotia. I pray for you. I send you a big virtual hug and healing, loving energy to help you through this time.

Beautiful Nova Scotia in pictures:

Being in the moment in Nova Scotia

river_fav_IMG_2920 Have you ever found yourself driving to your intended destination and so focused on getting there that you’re not aware of what’s happening around you? I found myself doing this the other day. I was so intent on getting “there” – wherever “there” may be – that I wasn’t present in the moment, nor was I enjoying the trip because I was so adamant that I had to arrive “there” by such and such a time. I was trying to find a place I had never been but came highly recommended. I followed directions but soon found myself in the middle of nowhere. I pulled my car to the side of the road, reached for the map and my phone and then very quickly realized that I needed to drop both and tune into my intuition. I needed to trust the path I was on and pay attention to all that was around me. So I did just that; I tuned out and tuned in.

It doesn’t matter what path I take on this journey called life

I realized my destination wasn’t so important, that it really didn’t matter where I ended up this day, that being in the moment and enjoying the moment was what mattered. I put the car back into gear and started once more on my journey to “wherever”. I decided it didn’t matter where I ended up, as long as I was present and enjoying it. And then I had that moment of clarity, that “aha!” moment: It doesn’t matter what path I take on this journey called life. All that matters is that I enjoy each waking moment and just go with the flow. When I stopped worrying about where and how to get to “there” I sat back and followed my guidance – turning right when I felt like it and left when I didn’t. I had nowhere to be and no clocks to follow. I took in the sunlight, the smell of the ocean and sang along to my roadtrip playlist. It was then that I was gifted with some beautiful spots for enjoying and for photographing.

Remember to take time out to enjoy the journey!

~W.

P.S.I have more photos from my travels in Nova Scotia on my photo blog:  WJMQPhotography