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Lessons From The Drop-In...

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Nov 4, 2012

Some things You Should NEVER DO if you work in a drop-in lol

Practical Lessons In Survival I was so naive.....

There are some very important things you need to learn very quickly if you want to survive working in a drop-in for street people. Man, was I christened within the first few days . Looking back, it really is quite funny to me how naive I was then. Didn't take me long to wise up some. It was a matter of survival, mine and theirs.

First, and this is a definate NO-NO. Do not empty the ashtrays. Well it seemed to me that if they had butts in them, I should... (more)

Tags: mental illness, homeless, lessons, compassion, addictions, drop-in, sense of humor

Grief...

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Oct 25, 2012

Time slips away

I know I can not rewind this gift

I cry out to this senseless universe

Longing to hold in my hands

One last moment when life

Was as I knew it

You were here with me...

We never know what time

Will steal from us

We must treasure every second

Speak all the unspoken emotions

Left behind unsaid

Unlittered by this cancerous evil...

If I had known

I'd drench us in joy

Hold every second in

The palm of my hand

Played in all the colors

Drowning us in joy

... (more)

Tags: memories, tears, longing, grief, sadness, friend

You Will be Blessed

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Oct 21, 2012

May you find yourself

Surrounded in more love

Than missing that which

Has not yet come

More hope than unknown wonder.

More joy than apprehension.

You will be blessed ...

Gift you with more words to say

All that needs to be spoken

More quietness of spirit

So you can hear your heartbeat

Knowing that all is well with your soul...

You will be blessed ...

In the silence of acceptance

You will find a spiritual

Gift that the noise and

Chaos of life will never

Steal and tarnish

... (more)

Tags: life, courage, faith, hope, joy, strength, blessings, abundance

Namaste Leo Buscaglia

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Oct 16, 2012

Many years you have walked with me

I carry a piece of your spirit inside

The best part of me

A noble place that often exists

In pure silence beyond

Superficial trappings of life...

Awakening in me a thirst for truth

Soul searching longing to arrive

At a higher place of peace

Unconditional love and grace

You open mine eyes

To what I have always known...

As the wind blows in the storm

There is no fear in me

I hold your truth firmly

Radiating every need-full time

Protecting me in the... (more)

Tags: love, life, gift, leo, mentor, dr. love

I Miss You Mama

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Oct 8, 2012

Sitting here in a haze of memories

My bowl filled with warm oatmeal

Brown sugar melting on it spreading

A puddle of sweetness for my mouth

Waiting for me to savor

Every last drop

Quenching my hunger...

This gift made with love

My angelic Mother smiling

Down on me caressing

My empty heart

Which still is filled in

Abundant wisdom

Bestowed on a needful child...

The fan is silent today

Fall bringing beauty

The air ripe with autumn

The sun trying to peek

Through the fluffy... (more)

Tags: missing, heroine, unconditional love, mama, cherished, key to my heart

Survivors Of Life

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Oct 6, 2012

Many times over the years I have heard such horrible traumatic situations that people have lived through and with in their lives. I have always prayed for the strength and courage to walk with them as they journey back in time to heal from this. The most challenging times were the ten years I started and ran the first group in Hamilton for women who had been sexually abused. My reasons for wanting to start this group were both personal and based also on what I was hearing while doing community development work in the core of the city. Very interesting, open-ended position which... (more)

Tags: life, healing, sexual abuse, survivors, community develpment

How To Change The World

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Sep 30, 2012

You change the world and your life as well as others by LOVE....

Listen to the soul that speaks to you

Who sees you clearly

Who accepts and embraces

All you are

All you aren't

Take their hand

Assist their journey

Within your life's blood...

Give them shelter from life's chaos

Let them rest within your warm peace

Burn the embers of pain which

Make them stumble

Replace this with abundant hope

Courage them to begin anew

Strength birthed with their best...

Look... (more)

Tags: love, life, world, choice, change, wisdom, idealism

Tender Words

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Sep 25, 2012

Words so tender They melt in my heart No matter what happens It is never torn apart Taking on a life of it's own Beyond and above anything We have ever known... So now we are here What shall we do Surrender to it Or walk away blue You do my leave Neither do I Somehow it's written Into the sky Looking with stars in our eyes At times making us both cry Why is this real Shall we both heal Remembering a purpose Of unknown appeal "I think I'll just worry about this tomorrow..." "Refusing to live in any sorrow..." Copyright © 2012 Barbara MacDonald

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Tags: love, romance, heart, words, unending

Observations On Life....

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Sep 21, 2012

Seems everyone wants to tell you what's right for you. What to do, what to say, what to wear, what to think, what to feel, where to go, where not to go, where you will find happiness, where you will find pain, why you "should" do this, why you "shouldn't" do that, who to like, who to trust, who to avoid, who is bad, who is good....the list goes on and on.

They don't want you to find your own answers, they want you to believe theirs. Personally I find this insulting. It is like they are saying... you are not capable of running your own life and making good choices.... (more)

Tags: feelings, respect, heart, soul, true self, look within, core

Tolerance...We All Are One

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Sep 13, 2012

As I read these words coming from the beautiful innocent minds of the young it struck me that they have so much more wisdom than some of our so called leaders and adults. At what point in time do we lose our tolerance and give in to the prejudice that can exist in this material world? I have fought against these beliefs all my life, and I will continue to try to change this ignorant thinking one person at a time. I know this may not make a huge difference in the overall picture; but if each of us were to make this our mantra MAYBE, JUST MAYBE our children or our grandchildren will... (more)

Tags: peace, tolerance, war, humanity, kindness, understanding

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