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

Become Aware

"I am not here to speak to you from all my success stories or best moments. I share with you where I got it wrong." That was an introduction from one of my most memorable training sessions. The instructor was not one of my favourites, but much of what he said was the most memorable. … Continue reading Become Aware

Be Positive

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.

Help people be their best

"Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth." (Mike Tyson) That was one of my favourite lines from a conference I took in a few years ago. The speaker shared about how many people did not enjoy the politics of the organization, but came on staff, trained, but then threw up their … Continue reading Help people be their best

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

Play till the end

"I play till the clock hits zero" This was Stefon Diggs' remark on his amazing TD catch at the end of the NFC Divisional championship game back in 2018. It was one of my favourite football moments, followed up by one of my favourite sports quotes. It makes sense, or it should anyway, but it … Continue reading Play till the end

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?

Words carry power, use them wisely

I just read this disturbing article regarding a band teacher in BC: Delta private school band teacher suspended after telling student to "go kill yourself, it won't matter anyway" People say stupid things all the time. Sometimes there is more weight behind them than others. A teacher telling a kid they can go kill themselves; … Continue reading Words carry power, use them wisely

From one passive-aggressive to another

It's one of the banes of church leadership. But yes, it is everywhere. People using indirect tactics to communicate thoughts and emotions, but not verbalise honestly, usually to avoid conflict. Brushing people off. Muffled responses. Attention focused on only certain people. Fake apathy in dialogue. Not responding to messages. Pretending to be good, but really … Continue reading From one passive-aggressive to another

Gratitude, Silence, and Conviction

What inspires you? I had the opportunity over the past 2 days to be challenged and encouraged in a variety of ways, from 2 different sources. First, I was treated to tremendous stories of dedication and sacrifice. Those in mission to change lives, bring freedom to others, and relieve the pain of poverty. It is … Continue reading Gratitude, Silence, and Conviction

Batteries Not Included

That's the classic fine print on the bottom of the box of many an electronic device! This came to mind as a speaker at a recent gathering had trouble with his microphone. Every few sentences the sound would disappear and he would have to make a joke about it. It grew uncomfortable until he finally … Continue reading Batteries Not Included