Calm

By Toni O’Keeffe

Our lives are a blend of sunshine filled days,
wild chaotic storms, and days that provide us with a bit of both.
No matter how dark the day has been,
the sun stills comes up,
the stars still shine,
the ocean tides continue to roll in and out and,
the wind continues to move the heaviest of clouds to reveal blue skies.
There is calm before every storm,
There will be calm after every storm,
Life carries on after every storm,
and so shall you❤️.

Toni O’K~🌹❤️

One Day

By Toni O’Keeffe

One day you’ll wake up,
look at your reflection
and say;
“I set you free,
from all of it,
everything,
everyone,
and every emotion
that has ever hurt you,
let you down,
caged you in,
or caused you pain.
Now your free,
really free,
to live your magic
and soar”

All you have to do,
Is choose the day.
Toni O’K ~🌹❤️

Lullaby for a weary world 💕

By Toni O’Keeffe

Surrender to the quiet
you’ve been gifted,
and rest your
beautiful heart.
Slow your breath,
close your weary eyes,
and paint your dreams
with indigo skies
draped in serene light.
Hush sweet soul, hush.
Something brand new
will be waiting
to greet you
in the dawn.
Toni O’K ~🌹❤️

This is your wake up call

By Toni O’Keeffe

This is your wake up call

The alarm bell is shrieking.
Don’t ignore it.
DO NOT hit the sleep mode button.
We’ve been given the opportunity
to wake up.
To wipe the sand from our eyes,
to face our authentic selves
and face the lies and the lives
we’ve been living.
We’ve been given the chance
to unplug from everything and
everyone that programs and controls us.
To stop the clock and step out of the race.
To question how we live.
To realign our minds, body’s
and spirits and reset the future.
This is no random event.
It’s an opportunity to wake up;
~ to what matters
~ to what you love and what you tolerate.
~ to who you want to be and how you want to live your life.
We’ve been given the opportunity to pause, to be present, to let go of what’s old and reset the future.
You, me, all of us will never get an opportunity like this again.
This is our wake up call.
Answer the call.
Toni O’K~ 🌹❤️

Surrender

By Toni O’Keeffe

Now is the time to exhale, to unpack everything and surrender to something new.
To sail into a life of grace guided by the things that sing from your heart and are craved by your soul.
It’s time to anchor your dreams to the warmth of the harbour waiting to welcome you home.
Toni O’K~🌹❤️

One Day

If YOU are still waiting for your “One Day”, this is for you❤️
I hope one day, everything appears different, brighter and better for you.
That the gentle whisper of your own voice greets you with love, replacing the harsh voice of criticism that has been by your side for too long.
That you are guided by your deepest wisdom and an inner peace that allows you to let your walls down and let your beautiful light shine.
Love Toni💕

I had to let go

By Toni O’Keeffe

I had to let go of what I thought my life should be and embrace the life I got.
When I finally surrendered to the universe and let it take me where I NEEDED to go, my life became a more peaceful and beautiful place.
And I’m soooooooooooo grateful. For all of it.
Even the hard parts.

Keep your heart open to receiving things you never imagined were meant for you and you might be surprised at what (or who) shows up.
TO’K~🌹❤️

In Stillness

By Toni O’Keeffe

For most of my life there has been a steady flow of thoughts, ideas and words that trickle through my mind and pour into a well of inspiration that fuels me.
These past several weeks, the well has run dry.
Like the rest of the world my mind has become still.
I’m learning to embrace the stillness.
It’s in stillness beneath the earth and below calm waters that beautiful things are planted and take root.
It’s in stillness that our bodies, minds and souls are renewed.
It’s in stillness that the planet will heal.
Welcome the stillness, the solitary confinement, the peacefulness and calm.
Enjoy it knowing when we emerge beautiful things will bloom in us and in the world.
Until then, I will be still ~

Toni O’K~🌹❤️

What are you being called to do?

By Toni O’Keeffe

You are not responsible for fixing all the broken bits in our broken world.
You’re merely meant to do your part
and I am meant to do mine.
This time your part might be big, huge in fact,
my part might be small.
Next time my load might be heavy
and yours may be light.
Regardless, each part, each soul, like a piece to a puzzle is critical and needed to put our world back together again.
We all have a calling.
It is our gift to each other.
What are you being called to do?
❤️❤️❤️
Toni O’K ~🌹❤️

No More Excuses

April 4, 2020

By Toni O’Keeffe

This global pandemic has given us the opportunity to sit in silence and observe, really observed, how we and the rest of the world live.

One of my greatest observations is that we all have it in us to give more and be more. More loving, more kind and more compassionate towards each other and the planet.

At the same time we have it in us to be less. Less busy, less stressed, live with less, be less judgemental and less offended by every little damn thing.

I’ve learnt that time spent alone is good. It’s in this alone time that we can listen to the inner wisdom that’s always trying to get our attention. We need to teach our children how to be still and tap into their own inner wisdom.

I’ve learnt that I’m grateful for the non-monetary, simple things in life like walks, sunsets, the people I love, great conversations, cinnamon buns, laughter, friendship, my health and my puppy who really is my whacky best friend.

During these past few month we’ve seen the necessity of creating locally focused economies. Relying on products and services from around the globe is determental to our health, our economy and the planet. Look how quickly Canadian companies rallied and employed ingenuity to refit their facilities and address this pandemic and our need for protective equipment, ventilators, hand sanitizer and food.

We are learning that we can achieve a better work life balance by implementing different ways to work, learn and play. Technology allows us this flexibility. When the world regulates our new collective heartbeat, I hope people will still employ these practices.

The way we treat other living beings has to change. The lives of animals that are confined to small spaces and cages in wet markets, entertainment facilities, meat farms and research labs, are horrible. Because we have the power to cause them pain doesn’t mean we should. If we believe we are of a higher intelligence then, we should act like it.

It is our own poor treatment of other living species that led us to this pandemonium ~ and isn’t that a major bitch slap to all of us from lady Karma.

We are all connected. Anyone that hasn’t figure that out during all this, is not of this earth.

During isolation I’ve pondered the notion that we elevate and worship false idols like movie stars, reality TV personalities, pro-athletes Youtubers, Instagram influencers, models and race car drivers. Yet, none if these idols were able to get us through this.

The real hero’s, the ones worthy of our idolizations, are the ones we often take for granted. The ones that keep our lives running every day; the healthcare workers, emergency responders, the builders, postal workers, the transportation, warehouse and retailers workers, scientists, the teachers and child care workers that nurture young minds AND most importantly farmers❤️ These are the people worthy of our idolization.

On a global level we must elect leaders not based on the size of their wallet, the size of their ego or the empires they have built. Our global leaders must possess authentic concern for people and the earth. On that note, as I bare witness to the chaos in other parts of the world and even on this continent, I have never been more grateful to be Canadian🇨🇦.

We are merely visitors on this little blue ball spinning through space. We can be evicted at any moment. Mother earth gives us everything we need, she takes nothing from us. Yet, we take everything from her. The way we are living and treating her is not sustainable. The planet will survive without us. We will not survive without her.

We must act together to be kinder to the earth. We need to allow her to heal, to breath to live, so we can heal, breath and live, it really is that simple.

We have no more excuses. We have proven we can change. We have proven we can be more and use less. NO MORE excuses!

The world will not be the same after this and hope it’s NOT.

When we emerge from the warmth of our cocoons, I hope we have shed old patterns of behaviour and grown into something better, bolder and much more beautiful and peaceful 🦋.

Toni O’K ~ 🌹 ❤️