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This year is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, known as Remembrance Day in Canada.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This year is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, known as Remembrance Day in Canada. Every year on this date, we remember. And we will continue to do so as time marches forward. But how we do this changes as the soldiers and family members of the Great World Wars pass away. Many have left memoires, photos, stories. Students learn about Wars in school from an early age through the Canada Remembers Program. Numerous university courses are available. Motion pictures and miniseries have been written and viewed by millions. Not just on these wars, but others as well that Canada has been involved.
So, let’s remember how the past influences today. Take a moment to think about this.
If you wear a Poppy, why? To remember past loved ones? Or to provide funds for current and future Veterans?
How do you feel when you wear it? Proud? Grateful?
Like many, my experience with Poppies is that I tend to lose them. Every year, I donate to the Legion’s Poppy campaign for the opportunity to wear a Poppy. It’s like a contest to see how long I can wear it before it disappears. One hour, one day, wow – a whole week! But it doesn’t matter. I just get another one. And another. And another. Every donation is what helps to ensure that the Legion will continue to support our Veterans and their Families. And this is how we will Remember.
‘The healthiest of all human emotions is gratefulness’ Hans Selye (Hungarian-Canadian scientist).
There are many quotes and studies on gratefulness, and they seem to boil down to a character trait that people have that is different from being thankful. Being grateful is a much deeper feeling of appreciation. For example, one university student may be thankful that his/her parents are paying for higher education but may have felt they were entitled to this. Another university student may be aware that his/her parents are working longer or perhaps dipping in to their retirement funds in order to fund this education. In this case, the student is grateful as they understand the implications and sacrifice of the parents.
If you have never practiced Gratefulness, this is the perfect month to try it. Discuss what it means to you and your family and friends to have your freedom and a peaceful life here in Canada. This will be sure to be an interesting discussion.
To show gratefulness in this month of Remembrance you can wear a Poppy, write a letter to a Veteran or donate a guitar to the Guitars for Vets Canada program. What a lovely way for the memory of a musical family member to be passed on through this program. There are so many ways to help and in so doing show how grateful you are for the way we live today.
On November 10th there will be a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Shops on Steeles and 404, hosted by Mosaic Home Care & Community Resource Centres. We are honoured to have a few guests
from the Canadian Armed Forces for this event. For more information call 905.597.7000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, Kimberly Davies of Client Services is running an 11 days of posts on Remembrance day that are worthwhile reading, thinking about and remembering.
Every year around this time, we start to think about Thanksgiving. For those working or in school, it’s a much-appreciated long weekend. For many, it’s a time to gather friends and family together and share in a feast of turkey, gravy, roasted vegetables and, of course, pumpkin pie! And, for others, it’s a reminder of […]
Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing – From Evidence to Action: International Federation on Ageing, 14th Global Conference, 7th to 10th August 2018
Mosaic (Nathalie Anderson and I) attended this major global conference where I was also a presenter and a session chair. I also attended one of the Master Classes, on Ageism, on the Tuesday, before the conference and was invited by AARP to an evening event at the Berkeley Bicycle Club, on Wednesday, where I had […]
Download here > for our July 2018 Edition and for up to date information on events in and around the GTA please go to our community twitter handle @MosaicGTALinks A Guide for Members, Families and Caregivers Take a tour of our wonderful city of Toronto with Mosaic’s Activity Booklet. Every month Mosaic compiles a list […]
Regarding – EX34.2, Toronto Seniors Strategy Version 2.0 Mosaic Homecare & Community Resource Centres would like to formally extend its support to the recommendations made in Toronto Seniors Strategy Version 2.0. Mosaic is a private homecare company with a strong history of community outreach and has been providing community resources, space, fun and educational events […]
MOSAIC’S first SIT & KNIT We are excited to be a host site for the World Wide Knit in Public (WWKIP) Day on June 9th! Let it be said right from the start that I don’t knit. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I find it difficult to count stitches and […]