The Treasure You Seek

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

A published author

Yesterday I was standing in a Grade 10 classroom talking to students about my journey to become a published author.  Sharing my message about grit, resilience, embracing failure, finding your gift and never giving up.   Continue reading

Cheated or blessed?

When we wake up in the morning, do we feel cheated or blessed?  Do our thoughts land on the fact that we didn’t get enough sleep or we didn’t make good choices with what we ate yesterday or we didn’t finish what we started?  Or do we feel lucky that we have a blank page to begin again? Continue reading

The healing room

Someone recently pointed out the lyrics to Sinéad O’Connor’s song The Healing Room to me.

“I have a universe inside me
Where I can go and spirit guides me
There I can ask oh any question
I get the answers if I listen.” Continue reading

The little things

You know those little things that happen and make us smile?  Make us grateful and thankful?  We can all quickly write a list of what those little things are for us. Continue reading

Very happy people

In his book The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor talks about a study called “Very Happy People” that looked into what the top ten per cent of happy people had in common.

It wasn’t wealth, race, weight, education, gender, fitness or income.   Continue reading

How beautiful letting go can be

I saw an anonymous meme on Facebook that said, “The trees are about to show you just how beautiful letting go can be.”

This really made me pause as I turned the calendar to start the crisp, colourful month of October.  It must be so freeing for the trees to let everything fall away and realize that they can face the world with nothing to hide behind.  Because their roots are strong enough to withstand anything the world brings. Continue reading

We all make mistakes

Behavioural scientist and author Dr. Steve Maraboli said, “We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here now with the power to shape your day and your future.” Continue reading

Just do it

Author Tim Ferriss once said, “Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct the course along the way.” Continue reading

Everything happens for a reason

Everything happens for a reason.  I tried to explain that to my 12-year-old son a few weeks back when he was cut from the hockey team he played on last year.  I told him that sometimes life isn’t fair.  As an adult, you may feel that you are the most qualified for a certain job and then be passed over for a promotion.  But you’ll end up on the path you were meant to be on in the end. Continue reading

The Invictus Games

An excerpt from my book, The Treasure You Seek, highlighting the Invictus Games happening in Toronto this coming week.  May we cheer on these epic heroes who are inspiring us all.

May 4, 2016

The captain of my soul

Prince Harry was a soldier fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan. When the media got word of this and shared it, he was forced to come home and leave his fellow soldiers behind. It would have made it more dangerous for everyone if he’d stayed. But it devastated him to go.

On the flight home, he saw a soldier’s coffin being loaded onto the plane.

Harry said, “Once in the air, I stuck my head through the curtain to see three British soldiers, really young lads, much younger than me at the time, laid out on stretchers in induced comas. All three wrapped in plastic, missing limbs, with tubes coming out of them everywhere. It struck me that this was just one flight of many carrying home men and women whose lives would be changed forever. And some who had made the ultimate sacrifice.”

It got him thinking. How could he do something to help these heroes live the new life they would be living, to help them feel valued and validated?

And the Invictus Games were born. This is an opportunity for wounded soldiers to find a new meaning in life after being injured. To pour their energy into competing against others just like them. To fuel their soul.

The second annual Invictus Games starts shortly in Orlando, and the third Invictus Games will be in Toronto in 2017.

William Ernest Henley said in his poem “Invictus”: “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

Being the captain of your soul is the ultimate goal in life: to have a purpose and to put one foot in front of the other with that purpose in mind.

Harry’s creative solution has changed lives and given our heroes their power back. What can we do to make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of those around us? How can we be the master of our own fate?

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