iota is a collection of postcard sized stories of day-to-day goodness.

gratitude

"It is full of light in the morning, and luxuriously dark at night."

"I moved 2 weeks ago and I am grateful for my new bedroom. It is full of light in the morning, and luxuriously dark at night. Our bed was given to use by a friend who moved cross country and it is huge and comfortable, and we finally bought a duvet. I am so thankful to have such a beautiful, safe, warm and cozy space to lay my head each night with my partner and my dog." 

Grace
Hamilton, Ontario 

"I didn't know until then what being in a healthy, equitable, mature partnership was like"

"I met my husband a little over 3 years ago. it was on our second date that I realized just how special he was and how much I wanted to have him in my life long term. I shared something quite personal with him that night and his response was simply a hug and, "thank you so much for sharing that with me. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make this easier for you. I promise I will always help you any way I can and support you so you don't ave to do this alone." It was the last response I expected and exactly what I needed. You see, I have struggled most of my life with my self-worth. I didn't know until then what being in a healthy, equitable, mature partnership was like. I do now. He continues to keep that promise to me everyday and I thank God everyday for bringing me a true partner in life. We make one another the best versions of ourselves and for that I am deeply grateful."

Kristin

Milton, Ontario

"She had an incredible ability to put up with my constant sarcasm"

"It was about 6 months into our relationship when I knew how this was going to turn out. She had an incredible ability to put up with my constant sarcasm and opened me up to new experiences that I now view as necessities in my life. Knowing what I wanted to do was easy, asking was the hard part. I'd never been so nervous in my life, but somehow managed to do a good job of playing it cool. I took her to where we had our first kiss. Then to where we first said 'I love you.' finally to a new spot where I got up the nerve to ask. I'm grateful all those places were on the same front porch. I'm even more grateful she said yes!" 

Shaun 

Milton, Ontario 

"I could fill a book"

"In my life I have had many times and reasons to be thankful for. I could fill a book. I lived in East Germany. One evening in October 1957 I boarded a train to Berlin Berlin was divided in four sections. Russian, American, British and French. In the baby carriage I had my 6 month old baby. The train station in Berlin was deserted, only the soldiers with their guns shouldered patrolled. To reach the subway I had to go down the stairs. No elevators or escalators. I had to ask the solider to help me down the stairs. He asked me where I wanted to go so late with the baby. I said to visit an aunt and uncle. I did not want to lie. I was thankful he did not ask where they live. They lived in the American section. My reason for going there was to escape East Germany. My husband had to go a different way to Berlin. We could not be seen together, that was suspicious. My aunt and uncle were waiting for me at the subway station. I made it safely to the West by about 11:00 at night. Now we were waiting anxiously for the arrival of my husband. Long hours, lots of prayers. Finally, a knock at the window around 4:00 in the morning. He made it too. We all hugged and prayed, thanking God for his protection and help. We were very very thankful." 

Ruth 

Mississauga, Ontario 

"They make me laugh until my face hurt"

"I recently returned from my first ever girls weekend. I have three great kids who I love dearly, but 'me time' was definitely needed. The ladies I went away with have become very important to me over the last four years. Most of us live in the same neighbourhood and have kids in school together. They have seen me at my low points and been with me for my highs. They make me laugh until my face hurts and vent along with me when we are upset. Our weekend away made me even more grateful for their presence in my life. I'm so very grateful for all of my girlfriends, my life-long friends, my sister, my neighbourhood friends, my friends who are also mothers, the ones who aren't and even the ones with whom I have drifted apart. They have all played a special and important role within my life and I am so thankful for each of them!"

Nicole (scribed by Deb)

Pickering, Ontario

"We picked up our friendship where we left off."

"Three years ago, my best friend and I had an ugly falling out and stopped speaking to each other entirely. Unbeknownst to us, we each moved to Toronto and now work down the street from each other. Last April I wished her a happy birthday and we ended up reconnecting, talking through our grievances, and forgiving each other. We picked up our friendship where we left off and I'm grateful everyday for true friendships that withstand angry words, hurt feelings, and three years of silence." 

Cassie 
Toronto, Ontario 

"I was able to reconnect with such an amazing person"

"This summer I was struggling at work, which culminated with me quiting my job. And then the Orlando shooting happened. I felt so lost and alone. As I was looking through Facebook and one of my friends posted a message of support. I decided to reach out to her. I am so glad I did. We have supported each other throughout the summer, as it was less than stellar for both of us. I am so grateful that I was able to reconnect with such an amazing person and A+ friend."

Lisa 
St George, Ontario 

"she was willing to celebrate something out of the norm"

"When I think about gratitude and things I'm thank for, many things come to my mind. Most recently though, I've been extremely thankful for friends who think outside the box. I had run a 46km run down a road leading to a reserve that I care a lot about. When I returned home one of my closest friends threw me a party. She had baked me a cake and had my favourite things. It meant a lot to know that she was willing to celebrate something out of the norm, that I could be celebrated. I was very thankful for that."

Amanda 
Hamilton, Ontario