ICEBREAKER: WHAT IS THE KINDEST THING A STRANGER HAS EVER DONE FOR YOU?
Years ago, after hockey practice, I brought Caden to what was then our favourite restaurant in Bronte, The Mixed Grill. He was famished and I didn’t want to cook, so we dropped in and got him his favourite: lamb lollipops. We had a lovely little conversation that was pretty involved. His father and I were navigating our separation/divorce at the time and Caden, at 11, was filled with questions and I was doing my best to give him age-appropriate answers.
Apparently the older couple at the booth next to ours thought his questions were honest and insightful and were equally impressed with my answers and said so as they were leaving. Unknown to me, they bought us our meal. I wish I had the opportunity to thank them. For me, I was grateful more for the vote of confidence than the meal.
GOING DEEPER: WHAT’S ONE THING THAT REALLY HELPS YOU WHEN YOU’RE FEELING DOWN?
Sometimes it’s upbeat “dance party” music that has me gyrating through the kitchen or more melancholy tunes that allow me to curl up and cry and let it all out.
Other things I do: go for a walk, restorative yoga – especially legs up the wall, meditate, journal my thoughts, pet the dogs, take a shower, and/or pull an oracle card to offer a new perspective. There is always a bright side and I’m always looking for it.