“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali –

Banff, AB


For the most part the wildfires in Fort McMurray are yesterday’s news and it is only the residents of Fort Mac who continue to be affected by them. In many ways it is like a pebble in your shoe; chaffing, rubbing, inflicting pain as we continue to climb the inhospitable rugged rocks of fate.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” so the saying goes. And there is strength – great strength and courage displayed in a multitude of ways. For make no mistake spending your days on the telephone dealing with banks, insurance companies, building contractors, government regulations, and much more is a feat not meant for the faint hearted. Daily frustrations and stress must be dealt with and courage found to climb wearily out of bed once more to face another day.  We will rebuild, but it will take many more days and months, and years. The rubble will be discarded and the soil purified. Trees will once again grow straight and tall and green. And one day, hopefully not long from now, that pebble will also be removed.


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