The Treasure You Seek

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

Recent saga

For those who have been following my recent saga of moving for the fourth time in four years, my 14-year-old son getting hit by a car on his bike and riding in an ambulance to hospital where he ended up being fine, the moving van swiping my parked vehicle in the driveway and doing thousands of dollars damage, a family of raccoons living in the fireplace at our new address and my son getting bitten by a dog on his leg before he left to compete at the North American Irish Dance Championships, thank you for listening. Continue reading

I decided

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

Olympian artistry

We just returned from the North American Irish Dance Championships held this year in Vancouver.  Thirty-five-hundred dancers and 20,000 family and friends descended on the city for a week full of Olympian artistry.  The gorgeous venue overlooked the Pacific Ocean and the first thing I noticed after the salt-water breeze was the air of expectation.  It was palpable. Continue reading

Will this be on the test?

Author Seth Godin said he really dislikes the question, “Will this be on the test?” It highlights the idea that we only have to digest it if we will be tested on it.  That memorization is the goal.  That we shouldn’t learn for the sake of learning.  To stretch our minds.  To connect the dots.  To become all that we were meant to be. Continue reading

We have two lives

Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” Continue reading

Being really happy

What is your last memory of being really happy?  Joyful?  Laughing until your stomach hurt?

My guess is it had nothing to do with possessions.

It may have been a family celebration.  A graduation.  A healthy diagnosis.  Some good news after an accident.  Watching your loved one shine.

If we are waiting to be happy until we pay off the house or meet the right person or get a better job or lose ten pounds, we will be waiting for a very long time. Continue reading

It reminds you who you are

The thing about art is it reminds you who you are.  The reason you laugh or cry or think is because it stirs something inside you that you recognize.  And it pulls a reaction from you.  Continue reading

Moved for the fourth time in four years

Last week we moved for the fourth time in four years.  I must admit, I was in denial the last few weeks before the big day.  The schedule was full of appointments and events and dance competitions.  The packing and purging loomed before me.   Our elementary school was having a book bonanza so I ended up donating about 12 bags of books to the cause.  It looked like I had robbed a library. Continue reading

Game two

The Toronto Raptors played game two of the championships last night.  It is the first time the team got to this level.  They are playing against the Golden State Warriors who have won the championships five times.  Three times in the last four years. Continue reading

Derek Sivers

I was just listening to entrepreneur Derek Sivers on the Tim Ferriss podcast.  Derek is the former founder and CEO of CD Baby which is a very successful online store for independent musicians. Continue reading

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