Peaks ‘n’ Valleys

Words of Cheer

Does anybody else remember the 1989 movie “Steel Magnolias? ” How about the line where Julia Roberts says “I would rather have 30 minutes of wonderful, than a lifetime of nothin’ special.”

As we face an unprecedented pandemic and most social gathering activities like sports and recreation are being cancelled, it is a time to pause. What is essential, and non-essential? What can I do today to minimize risk? Am I prepared to deal with illness, financial stress, and being quarantined should it come to pass?

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Everyone is hunkering down as the storm swirls overhead. The Saskatchewan Cheerleading Provincials, March 21 in Warman, and Cheer Nationals, April 16 to 18 in Niagara Falls, Ont. have both been cancelled. The season will limp across the finish line instead of the usual competitions and celebrations.

And then the clouds will clear a little and our thoughts will return to normal, and schedules will fill up again to bring the fun back into life. What friends do I want to visit first? What activities am I excited to return to?

When life is nothing but a plateau of repeating routines, and no “Save the date!” days on the calendar, that could be the definition of b-o-r-i-n-g. At the other end of the spectrum, looking forward to team practice day because you will be learning the new pyramid could be the definition of a-n-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-n!!

While we might feel like we are in one of life’s valleys as we face the COVID-19 pandemic, rest assured that there is a path out of every valley that leads us to the next peak. And it is on those peaks where we see farther, and smile bigger than ever before.






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