Wreaths with a cause


For the fourth year in a row Colour Paradise Greenhouse is opening their doors to the creative efforts of many community members to accept wreaths that were distributed last week to be decorated.  Each wreath has a unique decoration and theme.

Charles Village, one of the House of Friendship programs, submitted one of the 40 wreaths that will be put up for auction until November 24th. Here’s a picture of our wreath:

You’ll notice the decorations are simple; but there’s a thought that inspired the wreath to be decorated this way.

A few of the Charles Village tenants will contribute jokes, recipes, comics, articles and many other things for our building newsletter: Charles Village News & Views. The following article was submitted from one of our tenants, Pete for the newsletter.

Where do you find hope in a world where the daily news seems to be a parade of what I call the “bads” in the world? Is it naïve to think that you can have hope for what the future holds?
Our universe, and thus we who occupy it, are under the law of entropy; the whole thing is running down. The best scientists teach that the universe is headed for a heat death. So, where do you go to find hope in a troubled world?
Hope consists of looking to the future and believing that your passions, desires, and dreams can be realized. You dream of what you want your life to be like in the future.
Sometimes I look at the lives of the rich, the famous and the infamous and wonder what it would be like to walk a mile in their shoes—no matter how expensive they may be. But hope does not reside in an unattainable tomorrow.
Not all of you will reach the dreams that you have. But, action and a life lived with purpose and conviction will lead you to a future where your hope dwells.
To dance between the present now and the unknown tomorrow requires vision and a fortitude that is rewarded by pleasant triumphs in your life.
Do you lose hope when a situation assaults you or when you fail to pick yourself up and risk more defeat in your life? Will you be satisfied with a degree of hopelessness that plagues your tomorrow and clouds your vision?
You may have heard that all things work to the good to those that put your love and hope in God. The creator of all things will not leave you wanting. Hope is built on the foundation of love directed towards God and a respect for others and their rights, their hopes and their dreams.
If you don’t allow collisions of your tomorrow with their todays, you can live in the light of a future that warms, comforts, and lights a path that you can’t wait to travel and openly embrace. Hope will then be yours, for the rest of your days.

I thought Pete did a really great job on this article. It got me thinking a lot about what hope means and how individualized and imperfect hope can be for everyone.  So this is a glimpse at what inspired our wreath decoration. Not every wreath will come with a story, but I encourage you to connect with Colour Paradise Greenhouses to look at one of the many wreaths available. You can start by visiting the ribbon cutting ceremony on November 15th at 5pm to view the wreaths, enjoy live music, and treat yourself to a home-baked goodie. When I dropped off my wreath earlier this week I took a sneak peek at many of the beautiful wreaths available. I believe there is something for every taste; and the best part is that the proceeds from the winning bids on each wreath will go to support the work of House of Friendship.

Thanks in advance for your support in this wonderful event. And a big thank you to Colour Paradise Garden for all their continual hard work and generous efforts! Bidding can be done by a visit in–person during Greenhouse business hours or by phone 519-745-0200. You can find all the wreathes on the Colour  Paradise’s Facebook page here.


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