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Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

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

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Dr. Peter Attia

I was listening to a talk by Dr. Peter Attia yesterday. He is a Toronto-born physician who went to Queen’s University and then Stanford. I first heard him speak on The Tim Ferriss Show and was impressed. This recent video was really enlightening too. He spoke about looking at centenarians, folks who live past the age of one hundred, to understand their journey. Continue reading

Radical acceptance

I am reading Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With The Heart Of A Buddha by Tara Brach. Two quotes that she mentioned made me pause.

“Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt – marvelous error! – that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures,” poet Antonio Machado, translated by Robert Bly.

And the second quote was from psychologist Carl Rogers, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Continue reading

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, once said, “The days are long, but the years are short.” How true. Doesn’t it seem like sometimes we stop to take a breath and realize years have passed us by?

Listening to her chat with Tim Ferriss on his podcast reminded me that the most important thing at the end of the day is being happy. Continue reading

When there is a door open

I heard therapist Esther Perel say in a podcast recently that living in the moment is only feasible when there is a door open to leave that moment if you wish. However, that door was closed countless times during the pandemic which left us sitting in uncertainty and sometimes despair. When would things return to what we remembered as normal? Would that ever happen? Continue reading

It is very simple to be happy

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

Tim Urban

Tim Ferriss was chatting with Tim Urban, writer of Wait, But Why. When explaining how we got here and what will happen next, Tim Urban said if we think of history as a 700-page book, “So, 140,000 years, every page in this book that you’re holding is 200 years in human history. So, Page 1 through 650 of that book, hunter gathers. If you’re an alien reading this book to understand what happened on this planet, you are bored. This is really boring. Page 650, 10,000 years ago, you have the agriculture revolution. Wait. So, suddenly, people are coming together and forming cities. They’re starting to actually form larger civilizations. They have a collective intelligence that’s starting to form. They can compare notes. They can kind of create the knowledge tower that is bigger than any one of them. Continue reading

You get to

I’m reading Atomic Habits by James Clear.  He writes, “For instance, we often talk about everything we have to do in a given day.  You have to wake up early for work.  You have to make another sales call for your business.  You have to cook dinner for your family.  Now, imagine changing just one word: You don’t ‘have’ to.  You ‘get’ to.”

A small but very powerful tweak. Continue reading

Do the good that’s in front of you

I was listening to Sharon Salzberg, best-selling author and world-renowned Buddhist meditation teacher, on The Tim Ferriss Show.  She said something profound.  She said, “Do the good that’s in front of you, even if it feels very small.”

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming.  Out of control.  We have so many balls up in the air that our arms can’t possibly keep juggling.  But we are in such a frenzy that we keep going until something drops.  The ball or us. Continue reading

Arianna Huffington

I was listening to Arianna Huffington chat with Tim Ferriss on his podcast. As a 14-year-old growing up in Greece, she saw a picture of Cambridge University in a magazine and told her parents she wanted to go there. Everyone said that would never happen because she didn’t speak English and they couldn’t afford it. Except her mother. She said, “I’m sure we can make that happen.” So, Arianna started learning English, took the entrance exams, applied for and received a scholarship, and attended Cambridge. It changed the trajectory of her life. Beyond inspiring. Continue reading

All the things

Fresh school years starting.  A Canadian federal election in the next few weeks.  Continuing to navigate a global pandemic.  All the things.

In this space, there are discussions happening about what to do next, what steps to take, what is best for the individual, the family, and the community. Continue reading

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