Monday Motivation care of Granny Longard

My grandmother, Ruby Elaine Longard, was born on May 27, 1926.  She grew up in a small town in rural Nova Scotia and moved to Halifax after marrying my grandfather. She was a mother to 5 children (and ultimately a grandmother and great-grandmother) and a homemaker extraordinaire. She skillfully managed most of the household tasks, but still made time for family, charitable work and her duties at church. She always had warm food on the table, lots of cookies, and the most sincere and loving laugh. She was open-minded and accepting others regardless of their differences.  She embodied unconditional love.  On July 7, 2013, she died with many of her family members at her side. 

Around the time of her death, my aunt found a piece of paper with a short poem that my granny had jotted down.  It read: 


If you have hard work to do
Do it now
Today the skies are clear and blue
Tomorrow clouds may come in view 
Yesterday is not for you
Do it now

If you have kinds words to say 
Say them now
Tomorrow may not come your way
Do a kindness while you may 
Loved ones will not always stay
Say them now

If you have a smile to show
Show it now
Make hearts happy, roses grow
Let the friends around you know
The love you have before you go
Show it now


My cousin read this poem at my granny's funeral and there was obviously not a dry eye in the room.  Such simple words resonated so profoundly with all of us as we mourned.  Even now, this poem still holds special meaning to me. When I read it, I don't feel sadness or loss, but my connection to her is strengthened. These words revive her spirt and reconnect me to what's really important. In moments where I feel unmotivated, disconnected or discouraged I try to remember this poem.

We all get caught up in the noise that surrounds us. It's easy to become distracted or overwhelmed. If that happens, take a deep breath and remind yourself of  the things that matter. Working hard to reach your goals will bring you fulfillment. Being kind to those around you will evoke joy and connectedness. The act of smiling, even if you don't feel happy, will positively shift your mood.  Projecting love, even in times of anger, will help you stay centred. 

Good luck today. Go show Monday who's boss.