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

Month: January 2019 (Page 1 of 2)

In Honour of Bell Let’s Talk Day

In honour of Bell Let’s Talk Day, here is an excerpt from my book, The Treasure You Seek.

January 27, 2016
“There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.”

One in five Canadians suffers from mental illness. Although the topic is being discussed more and more, there is still a stigma attached to it whether it is at work, as a parent, or among friends. Continue reading

Sam Kass

I read about Sam Kass in Michelle Obama’s book Becoming.  He was the head chef at the White House.  But I didn’t know his back story.  I heard it last week on Tim Ferriss’ podcast and it was so inspiring.  He went to the University of Chicago on a baseball scholarship and did a history degree because he was always interested in how we got to where we ended up.  He mentioned a tidbit about professional baseball that I found extremely interesting.  He said the top professional baseball players have a 30 per cent success rate.  So the best players in the league fail 70 per cent of the time.  How inspiring is that?  They hit more but they also swing more.  A lesson for us all. Continue reading

The Magic of Thinking Big

I am currently reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.  In it he writes, “Your mind is a ‘thought factory.’   It’s a busy factory, producing countless thoughts in one day.”  He said that you make deposits in your thought bank constantly and these thoughts decide what your day will be like and if you will be successful. Continue reading

Becoming

I am reading Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming and it is an excellent book.  What a journey she travelled from the South Side of Chicago sharing the top floor of a house with her parents and brother to the White House.  She remembers being drawn in when she went to listen to her friend Barack, a law student doing a placement where she was a lawyer, speak at a community meeting.  He said, “You can live in the world as it is, but you can still work to create the world as it should be.”  You can have hope. Continue reading

Add some extra into our ordinary

How can we add some extra into our ordinary in 2019?  Poet Mary Oliver said, “No one yet has made a list of places where the extraordinary may happen and where it may not. Still, there are indications. Among crowds, in drawing rooms, among easements and comforts and pleasures, it is seldom seen. It likes the out-of-doors. It likes the concentrating mind. It likes solitude. It is more likely to stick to the risk-taker than the ticket-taker. It isn’t that it would disparage comforts, or the set routines of the world, but that its concern is directed to another place. Its concern is the edge, and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge.” Continue reading

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