July 1, 2008

Oh Canada

I’m sure at one point in your life; you’ve had one of those freaky existential chats about why we are here and why now. We hear and read about conflict all over the world. There is no end in sight to the war in Afghanistan, Iraq is unstable, South Korea is a disaster, there is sickness and horrid living conditions in Africa, and the list goes on.

I never forget how lucky I am to be in a part of the world during a part of history where we can do literally whatever we want. The only difference between a millionaire and someone struggling from pay to pay is bravery. It may sound simple, but it really is. We trap ourselves into thinking we can’t take a risk, and do that thing we’ve always wanted.

Most of us get scared, most of us aren't sure how to do it.

I am a proud Canadian. We pay a lot of taxes – if you live in the highest tax bracket with no write-offs, you pay 47 cents on the dollar – but we have clean roads, universal healthcare and few people carry around a hand gun. It’s a safe exciting place to live.

Canada is blessed with mountains and trees and clean water and natural resources and polite people and opportunities far and wide.

I am blessed with a brain, experience and ideas. I have nothing to complain about. Count your blessings today too.

If we lived in the Middle East, our best hope would be to get through today without hearing bombs or guns.

Happy 141st Canada, thanks for everything!


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