I saw a meme on social media last week. Jenny Nordbak wrote, “My three year old said goodnight to all of us tonight and then in the dark I heard her little voice say, ‘Goodnight myself. I love you. [pause] I love you too.’ Don’t let anyone take that from you little one.”
What an innocent example of self-love. How do we lose it as we grow older? When does the story we tell ourselves about ourselves become less empathetic? When does it start to comment on how we look, how successful we are, what we do and don’t have? Continue reading
I watched one of my favourite movies with my kids this weekend. Dead Poets Society. I remember seeing it for the first time as a 16-year-old high school student and it made such an impact on me. Continue reading
December 5th, 2018 has been declared a national day of mourning to honour the late U.S. President George H.W. Bush. The federal government and the stock exchange will be closed among other things. Continue reading
I read an article by author Benjamin P. Hardy this week and he said we need four things every day for our brain to thrive. Nutrition, oxygen, information and love.
He said we have to eat foods that fuel us and cut out the things that make us feel rotten. Fill up on nuts, greens, berries, fish and dark chocolate. And cut down or eliminate sugar, alcohol and white flour.
He said our brain needs three times more oxygen than our muscles and the best way to give it more oxygen is to exercise. Whether that means you run, walk, skip, plant, lift or bike… do something. Every day. Just move.
Your brain is also a muscle that needs to be worked. And it needs a daily dose of new information. So change your scenery, the people you interact with, the books you read. Give your brain a reason to find new connections. Remain curious. Ask questions. Discuss things outside your comfort zone. Change your mind.
And finally love. It can be from a partner, family, friends, children or pets. That unconditional feeling of acceptance and validation. It is oxygen for the soul.
So let’s keep these four things in mind each and every day. To thrive and not just survive. To live our best life.
The other day I read something that really hit me. A woman said her psychology professor told her that you love the people who make you love yourself when you are with them.
They make you love yourself. Continue reading
There are negative and positive ions all around us. And in fact, the negative ions are better for us. They are found in the woods and by waterfalls. Positive ions are not great for us. They are found in clothes dryers, phones, computers and air pollution.
But the positive and negative will always be there. We need positive and negative charges to make electricity. We can go for a walk in nature, but if we want to communicate our inspiration from that walk, it will most likely be done on a computer. Negative ions and positive ions together again. Continue reading
The definition of selfish is “lacking consideration for others.” But many never put themselves first and it can cause sadness and sickness and general unhappiness. We can be selfish with ourselves. Continue reading
On January 26, 1950, 68 years ago, the Republic of India was born. For decades a quiet lawyer named Mahatma Ghandi had led a peaceful fight to gain independence from Britain. Continue reading
African-American author and civil rights leader Harold Washington Thurman once said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Continue reading
What happened in Manchester this week is so devastating. Young girls at a concert with their idol. Celebrating music and life and being young. A rite of passage that we have all travelled in our youth. Continue reading