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"Joy of The Heart" By Rolly A. Chabot
The Fireside is fire less tonight. It would take a man without very much common sense to invite his fellow hub friends into this heat and add to it with a fire. In any case I want you to close your eyes and think you hear one snapping in the background.
Some of you may know that I have ventured from the rolling hills of Alberta to the Gulf Islands here on the West Coast of Canada. This Island is called Galiano. It is a community of people that have managed to hold off logging other industry and have done and excellent job of maintaining a very laid back lifestyle. A place where everyone takes the time to say hello. It is a place I have fallen in love with and who know I may be one of these Islanders some day.
The first thing I noticed is the Island is void of any garbage. You know the kind we see all over the cities. Instead you see people bending over and picking up anything laying around. The Island is approximately 24 miles long and 6 miles at the widest point. There are many access points for the public to venture out onto vantage points of their liking. Rocky shorelines or beaches. The Pacific Ocean is crystal clear here and I have been told it is one of the best Salmon fishing and whale watching areas of the region.
For those who know me and my love of nature this would be paradise. There is a place up the road from here that has caught my eye and I will be doing some research on it. Who knows it may be something to think about. All I know is I feel very comfortable here. I have attached a picture to the right. No matter where it is you are all more than welcome to the Fireside.
What Makes us Happy
I often think back of the good times and yes even the harder times in life and often ask myself what really makes us happy. I look at the way we live here in North America and I shudder thinking of those in the world who are living in complete and utter poverty. I question myself when I consider looking at a property here when I could use those same resources to bless others. Should I feel guilty for wanting something like this for the later years in life. Some would say yes and some would say just go for what makes you happy.
I have always been one to be generous with money or my time. It has been always given freely when it is there to give. I have been on the other end of the scale as well and received when I have been in need. I recall once being without any food other than rice and oatmeal porridge for weeks on end and yet I never asked. I gave of my time helping a friend build his new house. When he reached out to help I said I was fine. It was the old pride thing taking place in me. The only thing I accepted was a few dozen eggs over the period of the summer I helped him out of the kindness of my heart. It was one day he sat me down and asked "Rolly I need to ask you something. We know that you are in need and yet you have refused any help. The question I have for you my friend is what kind of a heart are you giving with if you refuse to allow us to help you."
The lesson I learned that day was one that has stuck with me for years. "How is it that I give and what kind of heart do I give with? I was reading a hub tonight that impacted me greatly. A well respected writer shared with us where he lived and what he had. He says he has little and yet this man has much. You see what he has comes from the heart not his wallet or his treasures it come directly from his heart. To me he has given the greatest gift of all, he has given himself. If he is reading this he will know who he is and to you my friend you have touched my heart this day. I know you have something we all strive to have and that is joy. It was a blessing to read your words tonight and I thank you for sharing with me and many others and opening the door to your life.
So what is it my dear friends I can share with you that may be profound. I think the power of the written word. Can I capture the sun and give it to you. Well I have tried and not sure if it will do justice. Can I give something humble or can it be filled with pride. Better yet it can come from the heart where these words come from. I have heard words are cheap and I agree. But words spoken from the heart are of more value than anything money can buy. They have a value no man can put on them. They can not be taken away or taken back. Words from the heart cannot be destroyed. They are real and no matter the effort they will prevail.
I have drifted in and out of this community for going on four years and no matter the battles I have faced with Hub Pages or the few who have tainted my past history I write tonight and say thank you for putting up with all the rants. You the unseen who have blessed me with your words from the heart and you are family and I thank you. Stay true to what you write and mean the words that you share. They are that of the greatest gift you can offer because if they are meant then they come from the heart. Above all else know that you are dearly loved and treasured greater than any gold that can be offered. May these few and simple words bless you.
© Rolly A. Chabot
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