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Welcome to The Daily Quote – a podcast designed to kickstart your day in a positive way. I’m your host, Andrew McGivern, and today is July 1st…

Today is Canada Day! A day when the vast, beautiful land of Canada celebrates its confederation back in 1867. Whether you’re Canadian or not, (I am… but I don’t drink it) today is a great day to appreciate the beauty of unity, diversity, and the great outdoors.

Our quote of the day comes from a notable Canadian, Margaret Atwood, who said,

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

Now, you might be thinking, “Andrew, what does this have to do with Canada Day?” Well, let me dig a little deeper – pun totally intended.

Margaret Atwood’s words remind us to embrace the natural world and the simple, earthy pleasures it offers. Canada, known for its stunning landscapes from coast to coast, embodies this idea perfectly. Whether it’s hiking in the Rockies, paddling in Ontario’s lakes, enjoying a quiet moment in a Nova Scotian forest, or tubing down the Coquitlam river, Canada invites you to get out and experience nature firsthand.

On Canada Day, people come together to celebrate with barbecues, fireworks, and outdoor fun. It’s a time to get a little dirt under your nails and soak in the natural beauty around you. Atwood’s quote nudges us to remember that true contentment often comes from these unpretentious, grounded experiences.

So, as you go about your day, take a moment to appreciate the natural wonders around you. Whether you’re in Canada or somewhere else, let the spirit of Canada Day inspire you to connect with nature and perhaps end your day smelling a bit like dirt – a sign that you’ve truly lived.

Thank you for joining me on The Daily Quote. I’m Andrew McGivern, wishing you a wonderful Canada Day and reminding you to embrace the dirtier pleasures of life. Have a great day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!


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