Taking action builds bridges to possbilities…When we stare down fear and take action, our lives can be transformed from ordinary to extraordinary.
∼Grace Cirocco, ‘Take the Step: The Bridge will be There’, 2001, p.xiv.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
∼Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 4 BC to 65 AD
Some people are very good at taking action, while others, such as myself, tend to be more cautious, waiting for the right moment, for sufficient preparation, and so on. The unknown can be daunting–having faith in ourselves and in our visions are bridges that can support us. This is a small sliver of the wisdom woven by Grace Cirocco in her 389-page book, cited above. I offer these quotes for your inspiration. You might want to stop here, or perhaps read on to find out what was going on in my head when I selected them–my ‘Be Writing on Wednesday’ moment:
I dug the two quotes out of a book called “Take the Step: The Bridge will be There–Inspiration and Guidance for Moving Your Life Forward” by Grace Cirocco, a Canadian motivational speaker, author, coach and trainer. My mind went to her book, when I was considering Canada’s plan to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees by Christmas, and 15,000 more by the end of February. When I first heard of the plan, I was torn between my sense of goodwill towards those in need and my practical side, which said, “Are we ready?” Overall, I was impressed by our new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who dares to launch such an undertaking so quickly after coming into office.
I wholeheartedly support offering refuge to people who are without a safe place to live. Let’s do the job well. Doing the job well will mean ‘cleaning house’. We have a national affordable housing crisis–not a new situation–but one that was ignored for years by our previous federal government. Housing must be addressed–for people in Canada who have been homeless or under-housed for years–as well as for newcomers.
Does this sound obvious? Perhaps it does, but the center of my concern is that there may be a political temptation to look ‘good’, while the underpinnings of success are not attended to. Another issue is employment and training. It would be unwise to create silos of opportunity for newcomers, designed to signal that refugees are being helped, while people who are currently unemployed and underemployed don’t meet the criteria of new programs. If we want to be a haven, we need to pull up our social programming ‘socks’ and take care of those who have fallen through the cracks or given up hope.
These are two main social issues that occur to me. I am also concerned about discrimination and hate. Sadly this country is not immune to racism and xenophobia. We need more education and proactive policing to keep these problems in check.
Ultimately, opening Canada to 25,000 refugees, and hopefully more in the future, could inspire well needed national social improvements, taking Canada from the realm of ‘ordinary to extraordinary’.
Please visit SilverThreading, where an excellent quote about writing is featured AND RonovanWrites, to read Ronovan Hester’s beautiful thought about Beauty and a haiku about life and love.