What if today…

What if today…

By Toni O’Keeffe

… you forgave everyone that ever caused you pain?

… you forgave yourself for the mistakes “you think” you’ve made, and realized none of it was a mistake?

…you decided to be grateful for everything, even the painful parts of your life?

…you left fear behind?

…you got rid of everything (the stuff, the beliefs, the behaviour, the judgement, the people) that are toxic and weigh you down?

…you decided to be kind?

…you unleashed your creativity?

…you decided you were happy?

…you started to smile at strangers and they smiled back?

…you started taking care of your mind, body and soul because you realized you are worthy of love and self care?

…you decided to surrender and be YOUR best and authentic self~ not the self others expect you to be?

…you stepped out of your own darkness and into YOUR light?

… you looked in the mirror and said “thank you for getting us this far, I love you~ it’s time to live our best life.”

You have the power to hit the reset button on your life at any time.

You are only one decision away from leaving the past, the pain, the regrets and the excuses behind.

What if today was that day and you shone so bright that the warmth of your glow created a ripple of light that illuminated the way for others?

Think about it, what if today…….

Toni O’K~🌹❤️

Every moment matters

By Toni O’Keeffe

Every moment matters.
With every decision you make, you’re paving the path that all your memories will be built upon.
You’re choosing to move towards your dreams or away from them.
You’re choosing to heal or suffer.
You’re choosing to seize an opportunity or let it pass.
You’re choosing to speak your truth or fall silent.
You’re choosing kindness or cruelty.
You’re choose tolerance or judgement.
Your memories will last longer than the moments that created them.
Choose your moments wisely.
Toni O’K~🌹❤️

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 ~🌹❤️

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💕

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~🌹❤️

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 ~ 🌹 ❤️

Sorry we’re closed!

March 17, 2020

By Toni O’Keeffe

So here we are, living in times that resemble the script for a Hollywood blockbuster movie that no one ever dreamt could come to life. Tom Hanks even had a supporting role.

Mother Nature wants her planet back and perhaps Covid19 is a call-to-action from her to us.

As Covid19 slaps the “Sorry we’re closed” sign across the globe, and we lock down, shut down, self isolate and socially distance ourselves from one another, families are gathering around the kitchen table (some for the first time in awhile) to sort out, what’s next?

We’re being forced to rethinking how and where we live, learn, work, play and, how we take care of one another and the planet (which BTW is our only home).

Before Covid19 stormed onto the scene, humanity couldn’t get our environmental act together. Despite a huge global outcry to address climate change and poor environmental performance, very little has changed. So mother nature has stepped in to take over. World leaders could never have mobilized to bring the world together and clean up the way this virus has.

As factories, industry and businesses shut down and people stay off the roads, out of the sky, off the rails(no pun intended), off the seas, and toxins are removed from the air, we see blue skies emerging over parts of the world that haven’t seen blue sky for decades.

As people stay home, out of stadiums, arenas, bars, restaurants and retail outlets, we are consuming less, buying less and discarding less. While the pandemic is making human beings sick, it is giving the planet a chance to heal.

Although early behaviours of hoarding and price gouging surfaced, global citizens quickly reacted with outrage and pushed back. We are starting to take care of one another in ways that perhaps we don’t always do. We are checking in on our vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours. Families are reconnecting. Parents are off their work phones and playing with their children, and as we saw in Italy, Spain and Amsterdam, people are making beautiful music together.

During this crisis people are figuring out how to work and learn from home. Employers are becoming more flexible and retailers are rethinking their supply chains, especially international supply chains. Imagine how we could reduced our environmental footprint if we kept some of these practices in place after Covid19 moves on?

A post I read earlier this week talked about this being a time to pause and reset. I agree. This is a time for business, industry, governments, families and citizens to do things differently.

Unfortunately there has been loss of life resulting from Covid19 and my heart aches for those families. I know the anguish of that loss and its horrible. Others have lost income, work, time in the classroom, surgeries have been cancelled. It’s been hard.

There has also been beautiful acts of grace and a commitment to one another. The efforts of our healthcare system have been extraordinary.
Those involved in transporting goods and services, and those involved in our food chain supply are hero’s. There are teachers doing online tutorials for students while schools are closed. Arts, cultural and entertainment venues are streaming plays, performances and concerts for free to keep people occupied during this crisis.

These acts are positive signs that as a human race we have it in us to be kind, compassionate and loving to each other. At our core this is who we are. Somewhere along the path of human evolution in the busyness of being human, we lost our way, this is an opportunity to find ourselves again.

There is now a generation of children that are bearing witnessed to and will remember what happened during Covid19. As they grow into our worlds leaders, CEOs of large corporations, healthcare professionals, teachers and others, they will remember these days. They will develop practices and learning to mitigate events like this in the future. They will remember how problems were solved and solved quickly.

Maybe a pandemic was what the world needed, to slow us down, to bring us to our knee, to allow us to look at ourselves differently and evaluate how and where we live, learn, work, play and protect our planet.

Out of the darkness comes light.
And I believe there will be an explosion of light at the end of this pandemic. We’re already beginning to see it shine.
Toni O’K ~🌹❤️