Act as if what you do ~ William James
makes a difference.
American – Philosopher January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910
Holidays and Celebrations:
Historically this is the best day to shop for travel as we celebrate National Shop for Travel Day. With the pandemic the CDC (Center for Disease Control) Americans have been advised not to travel to Canada due to our high COVID numbers. Is it a political move as the USA has been identified as reduced travel for Canadians? A tit for tat situation or a sad reality that the numbers are at a record high? Commercial truck drivers from the USA are now required to be fully vaccinated to drive into Canada.
Even Milk is being attacked. Milk is no longer on the Canadian Food Guide as a daily requirement. But it is still the easiest source of protein, magnesium and calcium as well as being fortified with vitamin D in the war against rickets. So raise a glass of Milk on National Milk Day and if you want add a couple of cookies to celebrate. 😉
It’s a tough time in Canadian History. All the faults of our predecessors are being judged according to today’s standards. Monuments of our historic leaders are being defaced and removed. Names are being changed to hide our tumultuous past. Even our first Prime Minister is being negated. Sir John A MacDonald Day is being eliminated from our vocabulary. I’m afraid when we remove all these references we hide the truth. When there are no more “Indian Roads” how will it change the struggles and racism? When re-naming the roads, if it is required, it should be to tribal names like Mohawk Trail, or Cherokee Crescent or Muncee Mile. Don’t eliminate the indigenous presence of our landmarks or historical significant markers or you will truly loose your way by not acknowledging the suffering of indigenous people in Canadian history. Instead strive for equality and a better future for all Canadians.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. ~ William James (American – Philosopher January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910)
Holidays and Celebrations:
Today’s quote reminds me of the story of a man that was running down the beach when the tide went out. He was picking up star fish and throwing them into the water. Another person said to him, “You’re not making any difference. Star fish will still die when the tide goes out.” He bent down, picked up another star fish and threw it into the ocean, “It did to that one.”
Making a difference in just one life may not change the world, but you may change the world for one person.
History changes the perspective of events and people. Sir John A. MacDonald the first Prime Minister, was born January 11th (or 10th). He wasn’t an original man, just one who reflected the current opinion of the time. It was a time that only British (or French) white men were permitted to vote and they were busy conquering a new Continent. John supported giving male Indians the right to vote, but he also supported the introduction of Residential Schools. He denied women and people of Chinese decent the right to vote to (actually imposing a tax of $50 on Chinese people to immigrate to Canada). He liked to drink and had to be carried out of Parliament after imbibing too much. But he was one of the composers of the BNA (British North America Act), was Canada’s First Prime Ministers, and was instrumental in the building of the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railroad). So now as history is being reviewed and becoming more inclusive Statues in his likeness are being torn down and we are being asked to re-write history. My fear is that if we eliminate everything and everyone we no longer agree with that those very people will be allowed to rule again without the inclusiveness that we’ve grown as a Country to go forward with.
In a time when slavery no longer exists, human trafficking of children, women and men for the sex trade is an ongoing problem. This atrocity is prevalent throughout the USA and Canada. Hidden in big cities and small rural towns. Signs on the back of restroom doors along major highways, tell people to reach out and seek help for themselves or report strange behaviours that often indicate human trafficking. So be vigilant and help eliminate human trafficking. You could make the world of difference for one person.