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All Smiles

This world is so new and unfamiliar; everyday we are greeted with a new challenge, and we embrace a new accomplishment.

One of the best therapy’s lately has been the ability to laugh. These haven’t been the first giggles during this journey, but they are more predominate lately. When Mary-Jo had her respiratory tube taken out, our whole family was standing around her bed. She greeted us with the biggest smile. Amongst all of the sadness and confusion she was the one who began poking people with her suction tube, mimicking childish faces and voices, innocently giggling in the joy of being able to take a sip of water. Through our tears and sorrows she brought out the ability for us all to smile and laugh. She set the precedent that encouraged our humor and the need for relief. To this day that same precedent exists. In her sweet smile, her corny jokes, and her ability to find a smile in every situation. She’s physically doing so great. She has been in her manual chair wheeling herself to physio, and learning to maneuver in her new state of mobility. Another muscle in her left arm has recently awakened, we now welcome her left triceps back into the scheme of re-awakenings. Her physiotherapist was talking to her today about her progress, she said that there isn’t a week that goes by where MJ doesn’t make an unbelievable leap or a discovery of new found strength. Now that she’s in her manual chair we will be able to take this pretty lady out on the town. Kate and I were educated on how to lift her today, another piece of freedom and ability. So this weekend we will be venturing out into the sun to play and enjoy the clear salty breeze that sifts through the city.

Open up to the ability to laugh, at yourself, at the trivial situations we all face, and in those moments of discouragement. Smile and know that everything is just the way its supposed to be, and only you can make it the best.

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.