What have you learned to take care of yourself through difficult times?

 

 

 

My name’s Trina I am Souix and cree from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am the youngest of 8 and I was raised by a single mom in a wheelchair. When I was 4 years old my mom blacked out. Crawled under a CP rail train and severed both her legs and one arm. She never walked or drank again. I grew up in extreme poverty, and was in and out of the child welfare system. As a young adult, I let my childhood years define me. I became another Aboriginal statistic going in and out of the institutional system, I became an addict stuck in the Street life. When I was 24, I didn’t like the person I became. I didn’t like what I saw when I looked in the mirror. I changed my life, and have never looked back. Today I am 35 and can say I live a positive life. I want to say to anyone struggling with addictions, child welfare, institutions. It may seem never ending and hopeless but just like good times come and go, so do bad times as well. You are worth a happy life, and a change is possible. Don’t ever doubt yourself. I am your admin “#TK“. ❤️

Shared by “Sandra”

 
 

How safe and warm and you today?

As I was standing outside again this morning in the freezing cold weather, I noticed some tracks in the yard.  I began to think of what it must be like for the creatures who live in the elements and what they need to do to survive.  As I walked back into the warm house, I sent love and light to those who survive the elements outside!

Today:

I will be grateful for everything that I have in my life to take care of my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being from the inside out!

Good Morning

What are you grateful for today?

Peace, love, light and blessings

“White Eagle”

WHERE OUR PATHS LEAD US!

 

The many paths that I have walked in life have led me to the place that I am today!

What paths have you walked?

One of the paths I walked led me to work in the prison system with men.  In this system I learned a whole lot about what the word “SURVIVAL” really means.

One of my greatest teachers was a street person named “Terry”.  He had a very unique way of living in our world and it was a way I never would have seen as being real (and Wow, was it real)!

Terry had many problems while he was growing up, and ended up homeless at a very young age.  His parents had abandoned him, and he did what he needed to do to survive.  One of his behavior patterns was to use the system to take care of his food, clothing, and shelter, only when he could not do this himself.  He had lived on the street for many years and was very skilled in finding everything that he needed to find to keep warm and happy.  That also included using alcohol to keep him what he called “warm from the inside, out”.  He became an alcoholic, however, he never lost his ability to look after his basic needs.  He would live on the street all summer, and in the late fall he learned to commit a small crime that would provide him warm shelter in the prison system for no more than 6 months over the cold, winter months.  When I first met him, it was late fall and he would be incarcerated only until the spring.  When I asked him how he managed this, he stated that this had become a way of life for him when he was young and would be placed in youth facilities and foster homes and he would run away every summer to have his freedom and then go back to the system for the winter months.  Had I not met Terry, I would never have believed that this was possible today.  He was just the first of many that I have met in my life with very simple, yet sophisticated living skills.  I always remember that the paths we follow are sometimes curved, they may be through webs and tangles, or the dirt and mud of life!

They may be slippery, or smooth, however, the path of life is full of excitement, challenge, grief, love, happiness, fear, strife and failure or success.

What is the reason that we walk these paths?

We have chosen this life to learn, to grow and to share with others who we pass on our individual paths in life.

Today as I freely walk with the sunshine beaming down upon me, feeling clearer, more alive, accepted and loved because I am now choosing to share all that I am, all that I have I will remember to share a smile with all of those I meet on my path!     

Peace, love, light and blessings!

“White Eagle”