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Thursday’s Crossroads

The crossroads sign can stop us and send us down a sunny dirt road and sometimes it’s just that. Occasionally a deer or moose can come out of no where and smack. It’s even possible for a tornado to pick up your vehicle. Sometimes the road literally falls away.

Have you ever come to a particular second in your life when you knew you were at a crossroads? Turn left and walk away. Turn right and hit it or be inspired by it or totally bowled over as opportunities can have both positive and negative “rewards’. That moment when you get to choose how you move forward and face whatever is on the road to ahead.

As individuals we face these moments a lot in our life and sometimes we don’t even have time to react before we are moving again. Occasionally there is that little hitch that gives you pause as you contemplate what the next step is. And sometimes things just explode and you just hang on to the rollercoaster for all you have.

As a society facing Covid we need to think about our both our actions and inactions. That mask might just protect someone who is immunocompromised or a little one who can’t be vaccinated. That double needle in your own arm can mean you are due for some “normal”.

As a Canadian nation we’ve reached a crossroads where steps need to be taken in the 94 TRC recommendations. Not lip service but actual actions and funding. I continue to follow along on the 94 in 94 and so many of them are at  the government level. Being represented by a back bencher in the opposition party means my letters will have less impact than I would wish I did notice how wild fires and the political  turmoil has made the graveyard mapping and the ever increasing number of graves take a back seat? The last I saw the number was well over 1000. What a sad take that is. We need to sit at the crossroads and think about what steps we, as citizens, can take.

Worldwide citizens, rich and third world countries alike, need to pressure their governments to make some serious changes to help deal with the climate change crisis. Yes all the little actions help but the big players counter our actions so then it feels like nothing changes. It’s the same conversation each year and it makes me wonder what will it be like in 60 years when my wee little tyke is 62. A blogger I’ve learnt lots from is Jane and here is her take on Cigarettes, big oil, and the power of corporate interests.

We each need to make choices we can live with. I guess that’s the bottom line. Maybe you’ve experience with that line moving or perhaps a pivotal moment that stands out in your life? If you feel you can please share. It might become a survival skill for someone else.

Bernie

As an interesting aside most everyone who commented picked climate change as the crossroads they addressed in their thoughts.

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9 thoughts on “Thursday’s Crossroads

  1. I just wish someone would come up with ideas of how to change – that actually makes a difference, instead of continually throwing apocalyptic, fear triggering headlines in our faces. You’re spot on with “all the little actions help but the big players counter our actions”.

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    1. That is exactly how I feel. And how do we as the little people make our governments and the big international issues change. We vote change but here in Canada it’s not that simple and our federal election is unlikely to put the Green Party any where near having input. It’s a challenge for sure. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment. Nice to have followed my way to your site. Take care. Bernie

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  2. Solving climate change requires us all to work together. We can’t do that without finding common ground with those who may not share our perspective yet at the same time, it boggles me how many people can still be oblivious to things such as prolonged droughts, rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions and extinction of many animal and plant species. As a society, we consume too much, waste too much and we don’t share it very well. Instead of senseless consumerism, we should be concentrating on making, fixing, sharing, composting and repurposing. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. I hope all is well 😊 Aiva xxx

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    1. Aiva, you are spot on with your comments about how it’s so hard to believe people can be oblivious to it all. Like really? We personally do all of those things and yet I am often discouraged that our actions most likely don’t amount to a hill of beans in the big picture. Thanks for reading and stopping in to comment. Bernie

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  3. Good thoughtful post Bernie. This year has indicated more than ever that climate change is very real and that human actions are making it worse. JT is simply a photo op waiting for a place to happen. He talks about change but actually takes little or no action. Unfortunately Erin can not get out of his own way and Jagmeet is all fire and brimstone, but one must never forget his party propped up JT. I do not know when a true human being will come forward to govern, but just like in the U.S., we seem to be loaded with career politicians. We need term limits for all members and a less inviting/performance based pension plan (in short, the public gets to vote on their pension) so the many do not simply coast toward retirement. And do not get me started on the politics in my province. Did you ever think you would long or another Stephen Harper? Sigh. Allan

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    1. It’s very hard to phantom how anyone can not believe in climate change and how our governments only pays lip service and don’t actually take the steps that are needed. It seems crazy but yeah Harper seems like a better option. I can’t see much changing and I think an election in the middle of the fourth wave is ridiculous. We will be doing a mail in ballet for sure. Heavy sigh — I get your pain. It sucks in the West and never once did JT do any of the electoral reforms that he spoke about in his first term. Bernie

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  4. That’s a powerful Thoughtful Thursday post, Bernie. You’ve identified several monumental crossroads that our governments as well as individuals are facing … or should be facing. Nice job.

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    1. Thanks Jane. I hoped you would be ok with the link up as you covered so many environmental aspects far better than I had time and mental space for. It’s been a personal crossroads kind of week here so that was my personal focus but I saw how it tied in to all those other aspects. I just can’t get over how ineffective this government has been but really an election in the middle of the fourth wave. I for sure will be mailing in my ballet; easiest option. Thanks for the reading and the compliment. Bernie

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