October 31st, 2020

Thanks to our soldiers, veterans for giving us reason to smile

By Letter to the Editor on November 9, 2019.

One by one, and together, thousands of our fathers and forefathers sacrificed their lives, fighting for our freedom É our right to live free É express ourselves É vote É choose É love, laugh, live happy.

Inheriting the baton, the Baby Boomers have thrived and are still providing fruitful, happy lives for people and families. In the wake of the pace and progress, rapid advancements in technology have spawned a multi-generational landscape. Already, the Gen-Zers and most millennials have no reference to living life without some online access.

While Canada’s rise in wealth per capita definitely earns an A+ for outstanding performance, interestingly, our GNH (Gross National Happiness) remains comparably low and steady. Let’s get real É the psyche of our nation is clearly in the toilet and a lot is due to a “lack of happy”!

I encourage each and every one of us living in this nation to give respect and gratitude beyond just a moment once at year at 11, and before we submit to sliding down the rabbit hole.

Inevitably, we will evolve and navigate through the AI maze … shouldn’t we at least do it consciously? Remember to embrace the authenticity, wisdom, nostalgia and magic of our history, and just how lucky we really are to be living in Canada.

Please, please, please always remember our soldiers and veterans. Remember what really matters and remember that choosing to be happy is a precious privilege É a real live gesture that’s magnetic, contagious and subject to many degrees of separation. Most of all, it’s free. It’s what our soldiers fought for and what our spirit is based on. Now is the time to come together and march for our marbles. Smile! It’s worth it!

Bless you, Dad.

Cheri Nichol


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We must always remember them Cheri.