Count Your Blessings

Yes, it is a challenging period now.

Be realistic and take action which contributes to your safety, well being and that of your family.

Remember to count your blessings twice!

Whatever you focus on will expand. Look for your million blessings between the earth and the sky!

I look this photo on a summer day and it was one of the most beautiful moments that summer. I smile as I remember that day. How grateful I am to have beautiful memories.

Stay blessed.

Love,

Mags

How Are Illegal Migrants Protected Against Covid-19?

After listening to a radio interview at CBC radio this morning, I feel that we need to address the issue of illegal migrant workers who have no protection against COVID-19.

 Illegal migrant workers are most likely working under the table in jobs such as cleaning, construction etc.  Most of these are employed by sub-contractors and based on the information from the interview they have no sick days nor do they get paid over time.  In our current reality with COVID-19, these workers also are essential service workers who need to show up to work.  Their reality is that they cannot take sick time because they will not get paid.  They also cannot apply for emergency benefits because they don’t have a social insurance number.

According to Professor Showler of the Refugee Forum at the University of Ottawa, the estimates for the total number of illegals in Canada range prior to this past year between 30,000 and 120,000. Former Auditor General Sheila Fraser once admitted that the government has lost track of over 40,000 illegals whose paperwork had expired or was never in order. While that may seem like a lot, it is a far smaller percentage of the population than the estimated 13 million plus illegals in the USA. Canada would have to have over a million illegals for the proportions between the two countries to be the same. That means illegals do not have the same network of support among fellow “indocumentados” that exists in the USA. You will find it harder to be an anonymous illegal in Canada, as all the asylum seekers arriving at the border are finding as they head to detention centres. (Source: https://www.immigroup.com/news/illegal-immigration-canada)

How are they protected?

One may argue that they should not be here in the first place but we cannot afford to make this an issue right now. These workers are providing an essential service to our country. From a practical point of view, if they are deported back to their home countries it will require travel arrangements.  Right now, airports and borders are closed so it is not a real option for them.

Migrants across the world usually move from one country to another for safety, education or better opportunities. Whether we want to admit it or not, we all benefit somehow from the services which they provide even though we don’t often think about it. In times like this, from a humanitarian perspective, we cannot afford to overlook them. As human beings, they should be entitled to being protected like everyone else – to ensure that they are safe and have access to medical services, food and shelter.

What are your thoughts?

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Love,

Mags

Six Leadership Tips To Manage Covid-19

Congratulations to my friend Lisa Anna Palmer for publishing her beautiful and well-written book, ‘Light a Fire In their Heart’ – The Truth About Leadership. It is a great read and has shared nuggets of wisdom from over 30 leaders! This book is particularly important now as COVID-19 is demanding that all of us step up as leaders to manage ourselves and those around in an effort to win this battle.

In this video, I have provided six leadership tips from ‘Light a Fire in Their Hearts’ to inspire you to take action and to grow your leadership skills.

Leadership tips for managing COVID-19.

You can pre-order your copy here:

Light a Fire in Their Hearts

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Love,

Magdalene

How Are You Coping Working From Home?

“What happened to you Magdalene? You look so fresh today!” These were the words of one of my colleagues as we held a zoom meeting on the 2nd week of working from home. It was nice that she noticed because I started my 2nd week of working from home with the mindset that I will practice self-care, apply my make-up and dress up as though I was going to the office. This happened because the week before that, I was so busy trying to figure out how to work through new technologies that I barely had the time to comb my hair properly. By the end of the first week, I was exhausted and determined not to repeat the same error during the 2nd week.

However, even though the 2nd week started with a bang and that I did maintain a better routine, I was exhausted again at the end of the week. It was not only me – when I looked at all the faces on our zoom huddle, I thought that everyone looked like me ‘ a bit exhausted!’ Although I have worked from home sporadically over the last couple of years, I would have never imagined that working from home fulltime could leave me feeling so estranged. I can tell you that I have worked harder online than when I am at the office and we have achieved quite a lot within a short period of time. Now I am thinking that pushing ourselves with a new learning curve could be contributing to the exhaustion which we are feeling. Not only that but we are trying to focus while also listening to the devastating news of COVID-19 and also managing our families while working at home!

Under normal circumstances, I am often a bit disorganized and double book myself quite a lot. Nowadays, I am guilty of leaving one online conversation for another and sometimes leaving a conversation unfinished or getting notifications from Zoom that ‘I cannot enter another meeting because I am currently in a meeting.” Working from home seem to look easy on the outside but it needs to be managed. We can buy into the fantasy that we could do more since we are at home but it is important to weigh the pros and cons. Now I have so much more appreciation for my rushed ride to the office in the morning. As rushed as it often is, I miss the familiarity of it and I even miss the traffic! I miss that ‘thinking time’ on the drive to work as much as I miss the idle chats and little stories which are shared from the time I open the door of the office until I leave in the late evening. I miss hearing footsteps and knocks on my office door and the unexpected things which would come about in the day. I miss having the options of choosing where to go, what to eat (apart from my own cooking) or what to do after work!

I know for sure that the social connections with other human beings is important to me and I also get energized by the physical interaction with people.

As I work from home, I realize that being online constantly can be exhausting. My goals this week are to pace myself better, give myself more breaks and manage my online interactions so that I don’t feel guilty for leaving others in the middle of a Facebook or LinkedIn conversation because there is another zoom meeting. I want to practice better self-care and get into a routine which is supporting this new lifestyle. This means learning when to say ‘no’ and when to say ‘yes’ to the many opportunities which has sprung online. I must remember that there are still 24 hours in a day and I am in charge of how I chose to spend these 24 hours.

Today, I also found myself gently inviting my spirit to bring forth memories that will make me feel better as I think about the future. My garden came to mind and I cannot wait to start digging the earth and become immersed in all the abundance of energy that it will give to me. Thank goodness that Spring is here and that the sunshine will be warmer and the evening light will stay on longer. I know that by keeping my mind in a positive future state is one way that I can get through COVID-19 by following the rules of physical distancing and staying home.

What has been your experience of working from home? Please share so that we can all learn now to cope with this new normal!

Love,

Magdalene

We Are Champions In This Fight

I like to imagine the future.

Tonight, I am holding the vision that we will be champions in this fight against the coronavirus.

We are not being asked to go to war.

We are not being asked to donate money.

We are being asked to STAY HOME. If all of us did just that – we will solve this global crisis faster.

I am imagining the immediate future where all of us will take action and stay home.

I am imagining the long term future where we will win the fight and we will regain our freedom to be outdoors.

YES. WE CAN DO THIS.

Watch my short video – STAY HOME.

Love,

Mags

Is the Earth Breathing Better?

I can’t help but think that everything between the earth and the sky is breathing better – right now. Breathing – just breathing.

COVID-19 is causing havoc in human lungs and somehow I can’t help but feel that is what we have been doing to our environment for decades. Of course, we can’t possibly imagine what the river feels when it is dried or the bears feel when they are hungry or what the turtles and sea creatures feel when strangled in the garbage thrown by humans in the water that sustains them. I like to use the analogy that life is like a GPS and when we go off route, the GPS has a way of re-routing. We can take a longer or shorter time to get to our destinations with alternative views – but eventually we will get there. The truth of the matter is that all life is connected and when one part is off-balanced, we are sure to experience an imbalance in another part. Nothing in this life goes unnoticed and when we least expect it, the universe speaks.

I feel the pain of every human being and their loved ones who are in the crutches of this gruesome virus. I feel the pain of people who did not have a chance to say goodbye or put their affairs in order. This feels like madness. In my own little world, I am controlling the pieces which I can control to help disrupt COVID-19. It means staying home, keeping groceries in the garage for days before using them, disinfecting, social distancing, working online as much as I can and even reducing our food consumption.

There are lessons for all of us in this madness.

Maybe we need to restructure our world to have less emissions out into the environment? If we can stay home and keep our cars and planes from the air – maybe our planet will regain its balance.

Maybe we need to have more balance in our work lives to have real time for our families and what truly matters to us? We are burnt out and in a crisis like this, we see that even when we are working so hard, many of us cannot support ourselves without an income for a month. What is the point of all this work?

Maybe we need to re-evaluate the value of money in our lives?

Maybe businesses need to re-evaluate their business models and how they are contributing to burnout and environmental pollution?

Maybe our priorities need to change?

Maybe we need to think more carefully of the future which we are creating one action at a time?

Maybe we need to re-look at sustainable agriculture and how communities can support themselves? Food security is rising as a major concern for the future?

Maybe we need to think of our older generation and the privileges which all of them should have at a certain age?

Do share your thoughts on this issue. What changes do you think we should make for a sustainable future?

Remember to play your part. STAY HOME and PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

Love,

Mags

What Is Your Essence?

I am going to bed tonight wondering what Spring and Summer will be like. One of our favourite things during these two precious seasons is taking long road trips. Going through my FB memories tonight I came across this post and photo from last year. I thought I would share it because it is even more relevant to our lives right now. Regardless of what is happening in the world, the most precious gift which you can give to yourself, is to live your essence.

March 23, 2019

Long road trips give me time to think, reflect and humor myself with so many great ideas that may take more than one lifetime to accomplish. Today, I found myself thinking of the word ‘essence’ while driving.

What is the essence of my being?

What is the essence of life?

What is your essence?

And in the middle of this thought provoking question, three words jumped at me:

Limitless. Ageless. Timeless.

The words hit my cerebral space so hard that I had to pull to the side of the road for a few minutes to allow my body to connect with my mind and soul. Yes, I want to be limitless in this life…to be bold enough to be the person God made me to be. Yes, I am ageless…still this girl who embraces life and is as crazy as her 16 year old self. Yes, my essence is timeless… my soul is eternal.

This photo marks this priceless, soulful moment…and reaffirms that what we seek, seeks us. As I reflect on all what I have done in the last year, I know that I have been living my essence.

What is your essence?

How do you represent your essence in this world?

Love,

Magdalene

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