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

Are you happy?

Happiness is pretty subjective, so take a moment to think about it. Happiness and gratitude have a lot to do with each other. It is not the first time I have mentioned this, and it definitely will not be the last. (You can check out my thoughts on thankfulness from Thanksgiving 2 years ago here: … Continue reading Are you happy?

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?

Care…Might feel a bit like love

Do you feel loved in your setting? I know, I know, we try not to use words like ‘love’ in our social settings, especially when it relates to work. But I beg you to try and find a better all-encompassing term for what we expect of others, and others expect of us inversely, in situations … Continue reading Care…Might feel a bit like love

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

Losing or Running out of Time?

"I have never lost a game. I just ran out of time." This is by far one of my favourite quotes of all time. It just happens to be sports related and spoken by someone I admired in my formative years. It is one of those short sentences that has become timeless, even if it … Continue reading Losing or Running out of Time?

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?

Innovative Success in Crisis

That title is a fancy way of saying: Be resilient. Be flexible. Be adaptive. Learn and grow. As Covid-19 swept through and changed the way we do everything on earth, I began to think of stories of people who innovated and changed, especially in times of crises: "Duff's Ditch" - If you are from anywhere … Continue reading Innovative Success in Crisis

The Audacity of Hope

This book has literally been staring me down for the past 3 years. Given the current set of circumstances, it felt like a good time to crack it open. I am also preparing to preach for Trinity Sunday. It's the week after all of the Easter stuff is done, and we talked about the amazing … Continue reading The Audacity of Hope

Should we open the doors?

Just so you know, I am not a health expert, and I can't give you an official recommendation on what you choose to do during a pandemic. But, I will offer an opinion or two... Everyone wants things to go back to normal. Even if normal was broken. But we all tend to get nostalgic … Continue reading Should we open the doors?