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

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Floating in the air

There is a house being renovated on a street where I often walk. The ground beneath it has completely been dug out to underpin the foundation and there is a massive excavator in that hole, under the front wall. The whole house looks like it’s floating in the air.

And when I passed it yesterday, I noticed that there is still a holiday wreath on the front door. It made me smile and think about how we’re all kind of like that house. Our foundation has been broken down through years of uncertainty, a global virus, interruptions of jobs, school, milestones, and anything else that was part of ‘normalcy.’ Yet, we soldier on, a wreath on our front door, while our feet stumble to find something solid to stand on. And when we find it, we put one foot in front of the other and keep walking. Our mindset is everything. Continue reading

Sidney Poitier

I was listening to Sunday Morning on the radio yesterday and learned some things I didn’t know about Sidney Poitier when they shared an interview he gave a few years back.

He was the youngest of seven children and he was born three months early when his parents had travelled from the Bahamas to the US to work picking tomatoes. They didn’t know if he would survive and his father bought a small casket in case. His mother went to see a palm reader and the woman said he will survive and he will walk with Kings. Continue reading

The person I was

When I think back to December 31, 2019, I don’t recognize the person I was.

I had just signed a contract to get back into the corporate world, after spending 17 years freelancing and being CEO to my three kidlets.

I took for granted travelling when I wanted. The freedom to visit friends. And even the ability to see people’s faces.

Have a hundred years passed since then? Continue reading

The one thing

As 2021 comes to a close, I have been examining my life and what to do next. I’m reading The One Thing: The Suprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. They write that when Michael Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarten, the teachers told his mom that he would never be able to focus. But then they write, “Phelps became a person of selected discipline. From age 14 through the Beijing Olympics, Phelps trained seven days a week, 365 days a year. He figured that by training on Sundays he got a 52-training-day advantage on the competition. He spent up to six hours in the water each day.” Continue reading

Courage

As I approach my 49th birthday, I think the word for my next year will be courage. Courage to change. Courage to start fresh. Courage to accept. Courage to believe.

As French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on — it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” Continue reading

Santa Claus

There is a little town in Illinois called Santa Claus. Years ago, the town was called Santa Fe. But when the town tried to register a post office, the name Santa Fe was taken. So they called themselves Santa Claus.

They receive thousands of letters to Santa from all over the world each year. One of them included a key and the young letter-writer explained that they didn’t have a chimney so Santa would need to come in the front door on Christmas Eve. Continue reading

When the world stopped spinning

When the world stopped spinning due to COVID-19, all our Irish dance competitions did too. The North American Championships, the Worlds and all the local feises. The teachers quickly pivoted to Zoom classes and kids around the globe were doing their jigs and reels on little squares of plywood in basements and kitchens and hallways for many months.

So, it was great to see things start to return to ‘normal’ recently as competitions opened up again, with all the safety protocols in place. Continue reading

Joe Gebbia

I am so impressed with the journey of Joe Gebbia. He is the co-founder of Airbnb but when I heard the story of how he got there, I couldn’t stop smiling.

I was listening to him chat with Tim Ferriss. Joe mentioned that he had convinced his buddy Brian, who he had been in contact with since leaving school at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), to move from LA to San Francisco so that they might start some kind of business together. A few days after Brian arrived at Joe’s apartment, after quitting his job, and packing his life into his Honda Civic, Joe got a letter from his landlord saying their rent would be 25% higher the following month. And neither of them had the money to cover it. Continue reading

Dr. Jack Kornfield

Author and meditation teacher Dr. Jack Kornfield was a guest on The Tim Ferriss Show. He said many of us talk to ourselves in a way we would never talk to others. We are judgemental, we think we are not good enough, we tear ourselves down. It’s hard to get away from that negative self-talk so he mentioned a loving kindness meditation. Continue reading

Your conflicts

I was listening to Dr. Gabor Maté, a Hungarian-Canadian physician specializing in childhood trauma, on The Tim Ferriss Show. He shared a quote that was powerful. Dr. Gabor Maté said…

“It’s from one of my favourite teachers. And his name is AH Olness. And he says, ‘Your conflicts, all the difficult things, the problematic situations in your life are not chance or haphazard, they’re actually yours. They’re specifically yours designed specifically for you by a part of you that loves you more than anything else. That part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. You’re not going to go in the right direction, unless there’s something pricking you in the side telling you look here, this way. That part of you loves you so much that it doesn’t want you to lose the chance. It will go to extreme measures to wake you up. It will make you suffer greatly if you don’t listen. What else can it do? That’s its purpose.’ And I found this to be true of physical illness and mental problems and everything. You’ve got to see what is the teaching here.” Continue reading

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