A Christmas Wish

What do you wish for this Christmas? I guess this question is a pretty easy one these days, when you consider all that the world is dealing with at the end of 2021. We really thought we would be done with the pandemic by now, and we are bracing for another lockdown; I assumed we … Continue reading A Christmas Wish

Are you a safe place?

Kids say the darnedest things! "Remember when the doctor gave you those drugs that made us all happier?" One of my daughters shared this as we laughed together about the journey our household went through during her teenaged years. Mental health is an open topic in our family, so humour can easily come with the … Continue reading Are you a safe place?

Remembrance

Lest we forget. I have always had a complicated relationship with Remembrance Day. Not because I do not honour or respect the cause for such a day, or the people we honour. But because of my ongoing and growing understanding of my own convictions on peace and pacifism. It is a complicated place to be, … Continue reading Remembrance

Facebook withdrawal syndrome?

Yes it's only been a few hours without Facebook.... And Instagram... And WhatsApp... No, it is not November 5th, and this is not "V for Vendetta". (But you should go watch it if you haven't already) Click image to rent the movie on YouTube (Image from The Denver Post) But did it impact your day? … Continue reading Facebook withdrawal syndrome?

Us vs Them?

Have you ever heard of 'political hobbyism'? It is a term that has received some attention over the past couple of years, based on how people interact with the news, and more specifically, political news. The way I heard it described, it is very similar to what we have always seen in sports, as in … Continue reading Us vs Them?

To be a Minister of Reconciliation

"Forgiveness is not a decision, it is a process"(DR. CHARLOTTE VANOYEN-WITVLIET) The summer of 2021 has been interesting for all of us. Not quite like 2020 when we were trying to get used to living in a global pandemic, we are now trying to accept when and how it should end. We are all in … Continue reading To be a Minister of Reconciliation

Broken pots holding light

This past week was a tough one. With the discovery of the bodies of the children in an unmarked mass grave at a former residential school in Kamloops, to the Muslim family targeted by a driver in London, Ontario, we have felt a lot of pain in Canada. And there are plenty of stories in … Continue reading Broken pots holding light

Are you the Chief Impact Officer?

Are you familiar with the CIO position? I was not, and then the news came out about the new role Prince Harry has taken on. If you are not familiar with what the Duke of Sussex is up to, then have a read of the following article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/03/23/prince-harry-job-startup-betterup/ As the article spells out, the title … Continue reading Are you the Chief Impact Officer?

Gift exchanges and Gift givers!

It's Christmas week! I love gift giving, and I like gift getting. 2020 has caused plenty a moment for us to think of the grim and the sad in life. It is difficult for us to look at the gifts that we have received through a year like this. But we need to; it reminds … Continue reading Gift exchanges and Gift givers!

Collaboration is a Team Effort

Not always, but often.Collaboration can be a good excuse for people to do less work, hide inadequacies, and demand more of others, and receive the same level of credit or honour as the rest of the group.It can also be a source of frustration for those with creativity and multiple abilities, mixed with a leadership … Continue reading Collaboration is a Team Effort

Using the MBTI helps you help others

How do you help others by helping yourself? That's a major part of personal development. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a proven and accessible tool for learning about yourself and how you interact with others. It is helpful for you as an individual but is even better to work through with others! You can … Continue reading Using the MBTI helps you help others

Responding from the right place

I have been easily agitated on social media lately. I know it is happening to you too. It happens when we get caught up in the polarization vortex. You know how it works: We see people emphatically present opinions.We either agree/disagree and act subjectively.Sides form. Opinion wins. Voices get louder.Suddenly, you can't sleep thinking about … Continue reading Responding from the right place