Be Shaped

You have an opportunity to be shaped by the moments and days throughout your life. The alternative can destructive. 30. 30. 1. 18. What? Those are the dates over this past week that I reflected on because they impact me. And in turn, they impact the systems in which I am a part. Each one … Continue reading Be Shaped

Getting to a Great Spot

It is great to be in a great spot. When you can claim resiliency. When you do not know the future but can hope for the best. When you feel a sense of purpose. When you are emotionally centred. When you are sure of your identity. My last blog post was all about ‘plan B’; … Continue reading Getting to a Great Spot

Happy graduation! Now keep going…

Yes, that tweet is relevant to the title of this post. I celebrated 2 different graduations this week, for 2 sons at 2 different places in life. They were emotional, celebratory, and marked both an end and a beginning. High school graduation is one of our few rites of passage left in society. So we … Continue reading Happy graduation! Now keep going…

We Are Family?

Musings on what I have learnt from being in a family: Don’t sweat the small stuff; Forgiveness covers all kinds of wrongs; No one can cut you deeper than those in your own home; Appreciation and approval are important things; Blood runs deep; Everyone else is normal and my parents are crazy! (Youth reference) What … Continue reading We Are Family?

Living Better Together!

You may have noticed this title before. It's the name of the workshop I facilitated in 2 communities this past month. And I think it's pretty awesome, but I may be biased. As the tagline suggests, it's all about helping people develop healthy relationships within their families. I would extend that to all levels of … Continue reading Living Better Together!

Thank you Little Grand!

The workshop may have been small, but the sharing was deep! I had yet another opportunity to share my living better together workshop, discussing communication and relationship-building within families and communities. We had a little trouble getting word out, but once the right people were on the case everything moved nicely! Many thanks to those … Continue reading Thank you Little Grand!

French toast and fresh starts

"And each year, around this time, we need to remind ourselves that as one door closes we have the ability to find other doors that open." (Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain, "Loss and Renewal") So the new year has begun, and you have a new list of challenges and wishes before you. Or do you? Of … Continue reading French toast and fresh starts

Is work like family?

A friend shared with me his love of knives, specifically, the legendary Buck knives. If you go to their website, buy a product, or just sign up for regular emails, you will get the 'family intro'. It is a promise of their integrity, pride in their product, and their claim to an outstanding warranty. What … Continue reading Is work like family?

Great Learning and Growing Experiences!

Today marks 2 years since I ventured out with Lead Freely. Just over 2 years ago I finished my certification to be a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner. It marked the beginning of new things...I hoped. 2016 was a rough year to say the least. I finished my days at a local church in an … Continue reading Great Learning and Growing Experiences!

How much do you hate?

"I really hate ______________________________!" (Fill in the blank for yourself, and then continue reading.) I had a great conversation with one of my sons recently on the topic of hate. Hate is one of those words of great meaning that has become commonplace and overused. It is not a bad idea to review the words … Continue reading How much do you hate?

Are you motivated by pain or success?

There is also another side to motivation. You might call it, lighting the fire under your butt. But there are two different ways that can happen. Success My oldest son Corban graduated this week, and man am I proud. I was proud of my daughter as well, but I think there are things we are … Continue reading Are you motivated by pain or success?

Living a Legacy as Dad

I am thankful for my father, in the many forms he has taken in my life over the years. As I reflect on our relationship, I think of my own relationship with my children, and now grand children as well. As we grow, our posture changes with those close to us. As we learn from … Continue reading Living a Legacy as Dad