Family, My Cancer Journey, support

One of The Best Days of My Life

Sunday November 28, 2021

This past Sunday my family got together at my house to celebrate American Thanksgiving. Our parents were Americans who immigrated to Canada, so we like to do this and we always like an opportunity or an excuse to get together and to love each other up. 🙂

My nephew came all the way from North Bay and my sister came from Toronto just for the occasion. How special is that? 🙂

And I have to put in an extra plug for my nieces and nephews. I have the BEST nieces and nephews and I LOVE being Aunty Maggie!

What A Day It Was!

This really was one of the most special and best days of my life. I cannot express fully or put into words how deeply grateful I am for this family of mine!

They rallied together and brought food, cooked the food, served the food, cleaned up, did the dishes, and packed leftovers for everyone including a container for me and one for Sivanna for lunches during the week.

My niece Alisha showed up with decorations and placed them throughout the house. Sister Stephanie and my daughter Sivanna also decorated the house and Sivanna made her famous scalloped potatoes.

There was no stone unturned. As I sat on a comfy chair, with a warm blanky, being catered to and waited on, my nieces even asked me if I wanted the turkey carcasses for soup or did I want niece Aimee to make me soup. I chose to have the soup made for me of course ! 🙂

I felt like Royalty! Well, actually I felt supported and loved beyond measure.

Me in my kitchen admiring the feast that was prepared.

I am truly in awe of my family. I think we could be positive role models for other families. We have had trials and tribulations and went through the loss of our parents, but we used these experiences to bring us closer and to appreciate each other more.

And now with my Stage 4 cancer diagnosis and me being the baby sister to all the siblings, this experience is connecting us even closer. We are all gaining insight into life and into the gifts that opportunities like this present. We have developed as a family over time and our relationship together as a family has an added depth and a greater sweetness than ever before.

How Do We Support Each Other in Life?

How do we support each other in life as human beings whether traveling as friends, family members or others on this journey called life?

We show up. We hold space. We love each other. We laugh together. We love without judgment and we break bread together.

I hope that you too find support and beauty in life and that you too break bread with those that you love.

I love you all! EnJOY the pictures.

My Siblings from left to right: Barb, Steph, Wally, Ed and Me. (Missing brother John)

Baba Audrey our official turkey carver and Steph & Eddie
The Food, It’s All About The Food!
community, kindness, support

The Power of Unexpected Kindness

Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change”.

Bob kearrey

A word that comes to my mind on a frequent basis lately, is the word ‘support’. When we feel supported in life, it is like nothing other.

Support helps to recharge our emotional batteries when they are weak. Even a small gesture is a sign of support. I often smile when I am, for example, in an airport, and I see a Mom struggling to carry everything between the stroller, diaper bag, suitcase etc. Why I smile is that I can usually tell who has children and who does not in regards to who steps up to the plate to help Mom. Not that people who do not have children are not kind people but until you yourself experience this juggling act, you don’t realize how hard it is and you truly learn to appreciate the support or the kind gesture of a stranger that offers to help.

I for one, do my best to help out way more now than I ever did before I had my child. Whether it’s putting away a shopping cart for them while they buckle in their little ones or holding open doors, I do it when I see the opportunity. I know how these simple little things can mean so much and I know that the struggle is real :-).

And it is much deeper than merely holding a door open. It’s offering a sense of support and community to someone else and in many cases to a complete stranger which makes it even more profound and meaningful.

Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for KINDNESS and to make a difference.”

Keven Heath

Let us choose kindness always. When we show support for even one person in our day, it truly has a ripple effect and makes a huge difference to that one person.

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Friendship, giving, support

Sweet Friendships

A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”

Proverbs 27.9 The message

Friendships are one of the greatest gifts in the world! Why is this so? For many reasons but I think a big one is because you feel supported.

In any relationship feeling understood and supported are both really important. A friend is often the perfect person to offer these gifts to you.

I really believe that in any relationship the best gift we can give each other is supporting each other in our wants and desires ie. “I want what you want for you!”. At least to me, this has been my greatest gift from my family, friends and even those I have met in my work. When we feel supported and we feel that our wants and desires are important, it truly is freeing and magical.

I hope that you too support yourself also. We need to be our own best friend and supporter. 🙂 Something to think about……

Maggie Holbik.com is enJOYing her work a an Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach and lately has been really appreciating all the support she has and continues to have in her life. She really believes that if you open your heart up and expand its reach, what comes back to you will be ten fold! Woo hoo and Oh ya!

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