I sure hope so! 2020 has given us plenty to write home about! Depending on your perspective, it was either a year of pruning, growing, and maybe making some much-needed change. Otherwise it was dismal and a small piece of hell for many. But maybe it was both? I talk a lot about gratitude here … Continue reading Happy new year???
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
I was a part of a great discussion on Twitter last night, all about resiliency and going against the odds. There is a lot to say about feeling like the odds are stacked against us. Too often that has more to do with perception than reality. We train ourselves into believing our lives and efforts … Continue reading Go against the odds
So my extended family is in the process of saying good-bye to the family farm. It has been a long time coming, and here we are, only a few short weeks from the official end of a landmark for us all. Everyone has said, or is saying, their good-bye in a different way, as it … Continue reading Thank you, and Good-bye
"Get rhythm, when you get the blues..." (Johnny Cash) I thought that might a nice way to start this week. Amidst the antsy discussions on social media, another distressing press conference on CNN, and the fact that it is snowing in the middle of April...again...it looks like we all could use a little Johnny Cash … Continue reading Get Rhythm!
I dug up this post from about 2 years ago. All about communicating, especially when it's awkward. Mental health and stigma can have that effect. So keep talking, don't just save it for one day. https://wp.me/p7PiXg-oK
Classic country tune! And you may be surprised by the title but I thought it quite an apropos way to end the decade. Most of what I write is based on leadership. And leadership is based heavily in our sense of humanity. Messy. Broken. Confused. Tired. Humanness. That is called life. It goes with one … Continue reading Sleeping single in a double bed
"Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy" I used to absolutely hate singing this song in church. It still makes me cringe. But for some reason I've been humming it a lot this Advent season. The song is based on a comparison Jesus makes between the postures of 2 people while praying. "Thanks for not making … Continue reading Humble Communication
"Remember to say thank you!" "Gratitude is the best attitude!" "Give thanks with a grateful heart..." It might be very Canadian of us in general, but today is probably the only day we get to say 'Thank you!' too many times without anyone noticing. Canadians on the whole are known for our courtesy, and being … Continue reading Are you thankful?
Don't look for everything around you to create a positive outlook. Don't expect others to make you have a good outlook. Make a positive approach to everything in life a habit.
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
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!