I have had a colorful and diversified work history which has brought me to meet so many different people from all around the world right here in my own back yard. . However I have travelled little outside of Canada. Born in Montreal, in the early sixties, youngest of seven children, we were poor but I did not know it. Life was simple, we traded clothes between us, we heated the house with coal, we did not lock our doors, and you knew it was time to go home when the street lights came on. Life was simple, people trusted each other...and I think what I learned then, is how I really choose to live my life now...simply!!
What I care about is People - the human spirit and what it makes us do for one another, how we need one another, how we love and care for each other unconditionally. However now life in it's simplest terms is...well not so simple, it is not trusting the neighbour, it is locking every possible possession, we no longer have a use for the doorbell, we "socialize" and interact in a very different way.
I have learned that people want two things in life the most. To be heard, and to be loved. Even in death we want our say, we want people to talk about us, we want our favourite songs played and we would like if possible for many friends to attend our last farewell. And during our time here on earth, we want love, to be loved and loved back. This is the one thing that has not changed, we need to care and to be cared for.
I was a funeral director and embalmer for a period of time and I presently work in health care where I see what family, friends and loved ones mean to one another. There is nothing as deep and profound as when someone you love is sick, or dying. But what about all the in-between times, the sunday afternoon family gatherings, sitting around and talking and telling stories, yes to some degree I am sure it does still happen. But more and more we are not sitting face to face and talking, what will the future bring for relationships for both family and friends. I am not one to worry about what will be, however I do wonder and care about what human relations will look like in the future.