I saw a quote by poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore. He said, “It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.”
I had to read it twice. A simple meal. A simple conversation. A simple walk by the water. A simple nod of understanding.
But why must we make everything so difficult, complicated, and worry-ridden? Continue reading
In Stumbling on Happiness Daniel Gilbert writes, “For most of recorded history, people lived where they were born, did what their parents had done, and associated with those who were doing the same. Millers milled, Smiths smithed, and little Smiths and little Millers married whom and when they were told. Social structures (such as religions and castes) and physical structures (such as mountains and oceans) were the great dictators that determined how, where, and with whom people would spend their lives, which left most folks with little to decide for themselves. But the agricultural, industrial, and technological revolutions changed all that, and the resulting explosion of personal liberty has created a bewildering array of options, alternatives, choices, and decisions that our ancestors never faced. For the very first time, our happiness is in our hands.” Continue reading
One year ago today I decided to stop drinking alcohol. I was a white wine drinker and it had become almost a daily habit. If I met someone for a meal I had a glass. If I got home late after an event I had a glass. If I went away for the weekend I had a few glasses. So many hidden, liquid calories.
So I just decided to stop. Cold turkey. For the first six months it didn’t make much difference. Then last January I decided to try Tim Ferriss’ slow carb lifestyle. And I lost 23 pounds. Continue reading
I can’t believe my birthday is almost here. I’ve learned a lot over four plus decades and thought I would pen a piece about the 46 things I have learned in 46 years. Continue reading
I have known about Tony Robbins for years. I saw him jumping on stages, getting people to walk across hot coals, coaching leaders like Lady Diana, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Oprah. Continue reading
Problems. Everyone has them. But if we see them as gifts it changes everything.
Obstacles cause us to grow, think critically, change our mind, become who we were meant to be.
I saw a Tony Robbins documentary last night and he said that although he had a hard childhood, he would not be the man he is proud to be today without that experience. His problems made him who he is. And it has allowed him to help millions. Continue reading
Of course I’ve heard of Tony Robbins. But when I listened to him on Tim Ferriss’ podcast last night I was so inspired. He had a challenging childhood and was raised by four different dads. As a child, he remembers a stranger coming to his door and giving his family a meal when they were hungry. He never forgot that man. It showed him that strangers cared. He currently feeds tens of millions of people meals each year through his programs. Continue reading
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