Slowly learning that life is ok

It’s been a good long time since I wrote my last blog post.  I think about writing constantly.  I have ideas for what I want to say, and just like that I’m onto the next idea, or the next task, activity… you name it.   In the past I wrote with wild abandon.  I loved creating new posts, iterating my stories, my lessons, suggesting ways to improve.  I don’t regret any of my prior creations.  I love the fact that I have ideas and that I can articulate those.

A few weeks back, I found of my high school English teacher passed away.  I’ll admit English wasn’t one of my strong subject areas.  I struggled with how to write essays, to form points, to prove out those points and write a compelling introduction, or a definitive conclusion.  I’m sure that my high school English teacher would likely read my blog posts and still find fault with them.  But that’s ok.  Thankfully I don’t need to be graded, or need to prove that I can follow a structured writing approach. 

You might be wondering about the title of this blog… ‘slowly learning that life is ok’.  You may have even googled it.  If you have, you already  know where it came from.  For all those others, it’s a lyric in a song.  The song originally written in the 80s.  1983 to be exact.  It’s from the iconic song called Take on me, by a virtually unknown band out of Norway called A-haI immediately loved this song in the 80s and especially the accompanying ground-breaking video, that was part live action and part pencil sketch.  If you grew up in the 80s you are all too familiar with the video and song.


A couple of years back the song came back into my life, but recorded as an MTV Unplugged series.  Gone are the synth and fast tempo pop sounds, now replaced with simple instruments and backed by a solemn and sincere voice.  If you haven’t heard the remake/unplugged version, I encourage a listen  a-ha – Take On Me (Live From MTV Unplugged)

Part of the reason for my hiatus from blog post is that my work life over the past few years has shifted.  Gone are the days where I could work at my own, freedom with the hours I put in and could more or less dictate my schedule.  Now, replaced with leadership responsibilities and working in teams, and working tremendous hours.  I am not complaining about my work in the least… in fact, I have always had a passion for my work and I approach it with vigor.  I say that I have had a shift, in that I used to be a sponge, I would be constantly schooled/learning and picking up stories and experiences from all those around me that I worked with and interacted with… although that still happens – just not as frequently.  I am now finding that I’m the teacher more often, and not so much the student.  Some would say it’s a maturing of my career and me.   Sure. ok, maybe.  But I do miss the times that I would be awestruck with a great story, like Go More, See More.  

I’m not sure if this the case with others, but I find that separating me from my work is sometimes very difficult.  I use my everyday work experiences to look upon the world, applying my work logic to the things I see around me.  Using my work experiences to approach how I conduct and react in my personal life.  My work has definite crafted the person I have become.  Be that in a good way or a bad way.  

I am eternally grateful for all of the experiences my work has brought me.  I am equally grateful for all of my family and friends that I continue to be proud of.  

In Conclusion Mr. Angel (my high school English teacher).  I’m going to quote the verse from the song as my conclusion to this blog post.  I know that it doesn’t fit the form of a formal essay, but it’s a direct reflection of me, and I’m going with it.


So needless to say

I’m odds and ends

But that’s me

I’m stumbling away

Slowly learning that life is okay…

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Taking the Long View

Are you going to live forever ? 

I think we all know the answer to that question.  Although through advances in science, medicine and nutrition, we are likely to live longer than our grandparents, and certainly their grandparents. 

I recently read an article that suggested you should live life you are immortal.  At first I was a bit astounded by the article.  As I read I started to understand the point that was being made.  The article identified that when you live like you are immortal then you focus on the long game.  You become less concerned about the immediate future as you will have a long period to obtain your goals.  When you have the YOLO approach, you don’t take the long view approach.  Unless you can see immediate gratification, then there is no sense in investing in it.  What is typical about YOLO is it tends to permeate the thought processes for your actions.  Like I’m going to take that trip next month, or buy that X <and insert your rationale for purchase justification>. 

When I started to think further about this, there is more to this that what I originally thought.  I look simply to investing for retirement.  You can try to play the short game here, you may defy the odds and make your fortune, but more than likely you will likely not be successful unless you are either really lucky, or you are highly skilled to know and understand how the market works.  If you are thinking about your retirement goals, then it’s likely you took the long view approach. 

I have to admit, that reading this made me really think.  I’m definitely not the true YOLO type.  Although I do firmly believe in Carpe Diem.  In my mind these are different.  How you may ask?   I associate the YOLO type as needing immediate gratification, whereas, I view Carpe Diem as more of a be responsible for your actions, but definitely make sure that you get out there.  Make the most of the day, whatever may be in store for that day. 

See, when you take the long view approach, you tend to not rush into things.  You look at how things can benefit you over a longer period of time.  You might look to things like relationships with others.  Since others will have a long period to work on things, you can take time to respect what others are doing, looking for merit in their ideas and ideals.  In a matter of speaking you have time to truly build something, you have time to learn from your mistakes, and you have time to work on you, and the best you can be. 

Regardless of how you wish to live, either in a rush or by taking a long view, the choice is really up to you.  I have to admit prior to reading about this… I don’t exactly know how I was living, maybe it was a confusing mix of both.  I think I now have a more categorical approach to certain aspects of my live. 

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The Influence of you.

At my work, there is an initiative where it is suggested, nay, recommended that I build my own personal “Brand”.  

My own personal brand, what exactly does that look like ? 

Effectively it is a “What sets me apart from that of others”.  I find it interesting that this is a direction that is taken in a professional world. 

Why you ask ?

In so much of what I do, I work with, and in, teams.  I am usually one member of a team, a team of 4 or 40 (or sometimes 400).  The goal of a team is not to identify as an individual brand, but that of success (or success for the team).   Success in achieving a common goal.  I choose to use the word success instead of winning.  Understanding that success means successful attainment of a common/shared goal.  Winning is what I usually associate to an individual objective.  Winning to me implies that if you win, then someone else loses. 

I’m going to make the distinction right now.  I think that branding for personal and professional are very different, and the underlying objectives in each.  I know you may not necessarily agree with me on this point, but that is your prerogative.

I’m going to do a level-set right now… This blog is about my random thoughts and ideas, so I am going to move away from the professional side of the conversation and focus more on the personal side. 

When we think personal branding.  Believe it or not, everything that you do online has “Digital footprint”.  You post something on social media, a mark is made.  You like something, you make a comment, all of this leaves a digital footprint.  A mark of you.  Ultimately someone can take a look at this activity and analyze it.  Yes, painting a picture of your likes, attitudes and even understand how you think.  Your very online presence is the start of a Personal Brand.  I’m not trying to scare you with this, but more make you aware of it.  What you do and what you say can speak volumes about you.    Your online digital footprint is not the only way of making your personal brand.  There are more traditional methods for doing this.  And I definitely have friends that have a very scarce online presence. 

So what gives those friends a personal brand ? 

It’s something similar and yet oh so simple… it is all the things the say and do, in person.  And more of what they do.

When I was first hearing of the Personal Brand moniker at work.  I was initially very resistant to the idea.  However, I think that a brand will be made for you whether or not you put effort into crafting it, or you just “let it happen organically”.  I would rather have control over my brand.  So…

What is your brand ?

What do others see and how does that brand influence others ? 

All I ask is this.. Make sure it’s the message you want it to be.

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The joy and burden of experiences

If there is one thing I love, is gaining experiences. I feel like I’m a bit of a hoarder of experiences. When I work, when I vacation, when I’m out running errands. I am constantly trying to be open to, and creating the environment where experiences can happen. So, you might be thinking (or asking me), how does one create an environment for experiences. I think there are a number of things you can do. Firstly I think it’s like any opportunity, you have to be open to seeing it. An opportunity will pass you by if you are not open to seeing it. The second thing is being in the moment and taking interest. In fact, I think that taking interest may be just as, if not more important as being open for it. Taking interest is simply that, taking an interest in something or more likely in someone. A while ago, I found out that one of the easiest methods to get people to open up is to take an interest in what they are saying. Listen with intent. It’s not as easy as you thing. Listening with intent takes practice. You need to be tuned in to not only what the person is saying, but how they are saying it and more importantly what sparks the other person. Some might call it a gleam or a way that people will ‘light up’ when they are talking about something that they are passionate over. If you want to know what that look looks like, just go watch a couple of Ted talks. These are typically people that are brimming with excitement over their topic. Take Emily Lavine for example and her Ted Talk.

So why take an interest in others ?

Your motivation for this may be different than mine, and that’s ok. But for me, I like to think that I have a number of original ideas… but in reality, as much as I try, I will revert to trusted methods of thought or ways I’ve always done/thing of things. So I rely on working with/ talking with others to get a different point of view. My methods and thoughts are mine. Others have their ideas, I find that by using attentive listening, you can glean from others some different ways of looking at pretty much anything & everything. As I mentioned earlier, you need to be open to it as well. And for me at least, I find that most people will educate me to some subject areas I would have never thought of, or given much thought.

So why intently listen to someone ? I was raised in an era where I was taught to be respectful to others. You respect someone until you deem that the respect is not earned or justified. I listen because I like hearing different ideas, and how people will convey their ideas. I can do a number of things, I can learn, as it may be something that I didn’t know previously. I can understand an opinion, one that may not be in line with my own, but knowing it won’t make me ignorant to a difference of opinion. or in some cases, I can come away with a great story and a new experience.

I think that the more you have experiences and/or share experiences the greater richness you have to your life. I tend to gravitate to those that have greater experiences. As I find that those who have a richness in experiences, tend to be great storytellers too.

So for me there is a joy in experiences… But with that comes a burden. The burden is that as I grow older I feel like it becomes my responsibility to share those experiences. To be honest I don’t really know why I feel like I need to do this. However, I feel that if I can help others, then I should. Similar to the reason I donate blood and go on a regular basis, simply, because I can, and I feel I should. So if I should then why do I think this is a burden ? Maybe it’s because I haven’t found the right outlet to do so. Maybe I need to work on a Ted Talk… or maybe just writing in my blog is a starting point…

What about you ? How do you share your experiences, or do you feel you need to ? Are you hooked on new experiences ?

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…turn breezes into rivulets

For some who know me, I travel quite a bit for my work. Also, I’m not a big watcher of TV programs.  However,  while on the plane I like to watch some of the movies and shows on the in-flight entertainment systems.   I think it gives me a chance to decompress from my hectic work schedule, and to relax for a little while, and (hopefully) think of things that are not work related.

On one of my flights home I came across this movie, well actually documentary (or more appropriately a rock-umentary) about a Canadian rock band called the Tragically Hip (or The Hip for short).  The documentary (Long Time Running) was about the band’s final concert series and the cross Canada tour.  I won’t provide any more details, just to say that if you are a fan of the band, music, or just wanted to find out more about what these 5 guys are all about… then definitely check it out.

While watching the movie I caught this little snippet of a phrase from one of  The Hip’s songs.  The imagery of this single phrase I think really encapsulates not only the band but what most of us work hard to do.  And work hard at all our lives to do.

“Walk like a matador, don’t be chicken shit.  And turn breezes into rivulets”

The movie primarily interviews the band members and they identify from where they started from and the challenges that they faced.  Not unlike the challenges that we all face. Basically what led them to the point of their last concert tour.

I think when you look at what these five guys started from and work they put into their craft, and the perseverance they had.  I think it’s like most of us. We start off our lives, careers, relationships, etc, fill in the blank, and as we work it, and apply what we think is the best, our knowledge and our experiences, those breezes eventually turn into rivulets and then into flowing streams.  The little droplets of experience eventually turn into rivulets, that turn into stream, and will be a flow of a river.  You become good at what you do, essentially.

The other part of that line was “Walk like a Matador, don’t be chicken shit… “.   Be proud of who you are.  Walk proudly !  Take pride in who you are and what you’ve done.   Don’t worry if you are still learning, don’t diminish your abilities or capabilities.  Some day soon, you will not only see something more substantial than breezes, you’ll see rivulets and eventually streams and potentially rivers.  Could you fail along the way, probably, but the experience and the stories come from those failures and how you pick yourself up and Walk like a Matador !


If you are curious about the song, it’s called Flamenco


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Leadership maybe isn’t what you think…

I haven’t written in a while… and I thought it about time that I get back into doing the things that I like doing best… creating.  Creating a story and is more than just writing.  It’s taking an idea and even though you may not have that idea fully vetted, you know in your heart that it has merit.  It’s taking that idea, and building your story, your concept around it.

Recently, I’m in roles where I’m expected to be a leader and increasingly progressive leadership roles.  Some of you may understand what that means, where as others don’t really have a clue or even care.  I find it quite odd that the term of leader and what its being used for in the work world and what it really should mean.  See, I like to think that we are all or can be leaders.  I originally got the idea of what a leader is from a guy named Drew Dudley who talks about what everyday leadership really is.  See, a leader isn’t someone who gets up in front of a crowd and takes charge.  A leader is someone that has a meaningful and positive impact on your life.  Someone who has deliberately or sometimes inadvertently done something to have a profound impact on who your are, and who has shaped the person you have become.

Think about it for a minute.  A Profound Impact.  Now let’s think, has there been a person in your life that has fundamentally changed who you are ?

Who in your life has had a profound impact ?  Now, I know you can say your parents, or spouse has had a profound impact on your life, and you’d be correct.  But who else ?

Let me tell you about one such person that has had a profound impact on my life.  When I was in Grade 7, I had Mrs. Penn for math class.  She was an extremely stern and strict teacher.  After a few short weeks in her class,  I was put into a group of students she called the High group… and no it wasn’t because we got high, but it was because we were high achievers.  At the time I didn’t know what that really meant.  Mrs. Penn’s regular class followed the curriculum.  In her high group the training wheels were off and she laid down the challenges.  I had never worked as hard or been as challenged in my life.  She garnered a level of respect that I still feel to this day when I talk about her.  She was also so severely strict that I worked my hardest just to be able to prove to her that I could do the assignments.  In reality I was working to learn and Mrs. Penn fostered the environment to do so.   I have never been able to tell Mrs. Penn how her challenges have profoundly impacted me.

From those 3 years taking math with Mrs. Penn, I learned the value of hard work.  Math and logic from that point forward just seemed to click with me.  Some may argue that it may be more nature versus nurture for some skills.  I disagree on that.  I think from that point on logic and science were in my cards.  I think that is part of the reason I do what I do today.  I still carry that same work ethic that I learned all those years ago.  I think that from those early lessons, I learned to logically think through problems which has ultimately lead me to what I do today, and where it will take me in the future.

Mrs. Penn had a profound impact on my life.  She wasn’t just a math teacher to me.  She showed me that being challenged and being forced outside of your comfort zone are good things.  That growth, although may not be comfortable, is absolutely necessary.

Which brings me back to leadership.  Mrs. Penn’s lessons were more than just math classes, they ended up being life lessons.  Unfortunately, I realized that long after finishing grades 7-9.  The one thing I feel fortunate for is that I do realize this.  I also realize that I should make an effort, and create the opportunities everyday to have a profound impact on someone’s life.  Whether that means being the better person, or setting the example to show how to act respectful when all around is the opposite.  Sometimes is very simple things, but my hope is that through simple and small acts, that those will show a higher standard of which to operate by.  In a sense, I’m doing exactly what Mrs. Penn did, I’m laying down a challenge for those to pick up and rise to the occasion.

Maybe there has been someone in your life that has been the catalyst for you to make that change, that initiated the profound impact that challenged you to better yourself.  At the very least I hope that you are creating the environment that helps foster change in others and makes someone view you as a leader.  Go out there and be a Mrs. Penn

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What will your verse be?

Ever Read poetry ?

Probably not… is what I’m guessing will be the answer.  Most people, once they left grade school would have long forgotten poetry.  I can’t say that I read much of it any more, but on occasion I’ll go and find a couple poems.  I recently stumbled upon this classic piece.

O Me! O Life!


Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

What do you think of this one ?

I read this one and it got me thinking…

So, what will be your verse ?  in other words, what will be your contribution ? I find the poem very interesting.  I love the way Walt Whitman talks about how we or, more specifically you are one of the masses, but in the final line he asks … what’s your verse, or the way I interpret it as – What will you be remembered for ?

Remember when you were young ? You had these lofty ideas. What were some of yours ? Were they far fetched? Have you pursued any of those ideas ? I think that for some of us, our ideas will change over time. Some of the things I thought were very cool when I was younger were really just a fad. Of course those fads fade over time. Some of the ideas I had are still very much solid ideas today. So what happened ? Why am I not pursuing those ideas. For some of them, life got in the way.  Ya, I know that sounds like a big cop-out. But for some of the ideas, it was a case of having the drive and persistence to follow up with something and take a chance on that idea.  Be more entrepreneurial.

When I look at someone that has taken numerous ideas, some good and often many not that great…  I really need to look no further than, say, a person like Richard Branson. From a young age he continually pursued his passions.  He has made his mistakes along the way and he has also had his fair share of incredible successes too.  Although it’s pretty hard to fault the guy for being passionate about his ideas and ideals.  I’m sure you can go google him and find a litany of information that will chronicle his successes and failures.  I’m sure that from every mistake that he made there were numerous successes or is the other way around with every success there are numerous failures or set backs.  What I’m thinking is that he didn’t let a small setback get him down.  Nor did it deter his resolve.

So what about you ?
What will be your verse ?
I get that not every single one of us can be a Richard Branson.  But that shouldn’t make our verse any less important.  Every day that you walk out the door of your place, Do you have a goal?  I don’t have a goal per se, but I  have more of an objective.  In a number of my yoga classes I hear a line. “Set an intention for your class”.  Set an intention as you go off to work tomorrow.  Or better yet, set an intention for your weekend activities.  Your intention can be simple.  A single word.  A thought.   An attitude.  Make it whatever you like.  Say for instance, if you are heading to the mall, maybe think of being calm in all the chaos.  Sometimes your objective or intention can be pretty simple.  Will you always obtain it ? … Not always, but you tried, and there is merit in the attempt.  There is also self-realization in the attempt.  You can look at yourself and think why your intention/objective either worked or didn’t work.  Kinda like turning the spotlight back upon yourself and doing a bit of self examination.

I think that as you get to understand yourself, you will be better equipped to know and define what your verse will be… O me, Oh Life !

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What’s your Story ?

Airport560Look around… how many people do you see on a daily basis ?  Head out into a public area  Take a look… what do you see?

What you’ll see is entirely dependent on what you are looking for.  It’ll also depend on what you are good at.  If you sell clothing, then likely you’ll look and see what size pants they wear, or if you are into eye glasses then you’ll notice the glasses that people wear.

Me?  I’m a Management Consultant.  I know, it sounds pretty nerdy… but… I work on projects, I’m used to following methods for implementing computer systems.  When I look around I see processes.  I see the way things are done and I look at ways to streamline. I look at the interactions of people and look at ways to improve those.  I listen to people and I listen for the message and the way that message is conveyed.  Again I look to ways that message can be better conveyed.  I’ve been in my profession for a number of years, and even though when I’m vacation I try to forget about my job.  I cannot forget the way I’ve been accustomed to thinking for my entire working life.

johanna-kickUltimately, you see the world around you based on the things that interest you.

For some reason, I see quite a bit.  I think that’s because I’m predisposed to being observant. And at times I’ve been called quiet.  When in fact I’m lost in thought and left wondering.  As part of being observant I sometimes find it a bit of a curse as I seem to find some oddities out there.  Things that not everyone else will witness or even take notice of.  If you want to know what it’s like in my world just stop and take a look around.  There are oddities all over the place.  You just need to really look for them.  But I guess the question really is.  Are they oddities ?  Or is it just that someone has a story.  They are living their life, their story as you will.

I’ve written about this topic before and often wondered what kind of story people have to tell.  What is it that has led someone to this point.  Their experiences, and their events that have shaped who they are.  And trust me when I say this, the people and stories will have an impact to you and shape who you are, and who you will become.

I can clearly articulate the events in my life that have led to where I am.  There have been a number of individuals that impacted the way I think.  The stories that others have told me that have fundamentally changed the way I think (ie: Go More, See More and Priorities).

I think that ultimately it comes down to your story.  What is your story ?

If someone said to you, write your memoirs.  What would those memoirs contain. Is it the kind of story that you would be proud to share with others.  Do you think you have a lesson that others can benefit from.  Is there a legacy in what you’ve crafted ?  What story will you be remembered by ?

Something to ponder… now go out there and craft a story you can be proud of.


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The Elephant in the room

Bansky.ElephantWhat if I said that there was an elephant in the room… would you know what I was saying ?

I mean this figuratively of course.  I’m not asking you to literally have an image of an elephant in a room or an actual elephant in the room for that matter.  The phrase of “the Elephant in the room” is to point to the obvious.  It doesn’t matter how much you dress up the elephant or how much you try to hide it.  It’s still there.

Every day when I go to work, I get to identify and solve, what I think are very obvious problems.  The problems are right there.  It doesn’t matter how we sugar-coat them, or try to paint a picture that they aren’t.  They persist.  So why the persistence, of the problems.  Are we incapable of remedying the problem ?  is it within our control to affect a solution ?  Well, sometimes no it isn’t.  However, there are often times the problem is totally within our control.  So, why don’t we do anything about it ?

I worked with a gal on one project and she gave me a very valuable piece of information.  She said that people are very reluctant to change.  In fact she said “Most people will not change unless it’s a 9”.  I understood immediately what she meant.  If you have ever had the misfortune to end up in the hospital or in Emergency, at some point a doctor will ask you a very simple question.  pain“On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your level of pain?”.  What this means is that unless something is very painful, then most people are reluctant to change anything.   So why the reluctance ?  Everyone has their own reason/rationale, and whatever your reason, those are your reasons, and I’m not here to judge you on this.  However, I want to give you some food for thought.

Firstly, if you think you are hiding behind your elephant.  Chances are, you are not.  Those who know you, love you, and take the time to understand you, will know.  So why aren’t those people telling you about this ?  Well, just like any good parent or friend, sometimes you have to learn how to fall first.  Some of my most epic mistakes have ended up being some of my largest areas for growth in my life.

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”

Richard Branson

Secondly, What is your elephant ?  Do you know ?  Do you have one ?  You may have done such a good job at disguising your elephant over the years, that you no longer recognize it.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t there…

If you think you have an elephant, I think the first thing you need to do is to identify what your elephant is.  Figuring that out, and then determining how to address it are the first steps.   After that, falling is pretty easy.  I didn’t say it wasn’t going to hurt.  There are going to be failures along the way, but it’s the failures that builds character.  You become a richer person due to the failures, and if you are concerned about your ego, I wouldn’t worry about it… the family and friends that love you, won’t care about your ego.   They’ll love the person you are becoming as you relocate your elephant.

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To see the world…

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other, and to feel, that is the purpose of life.”The-Secret-Life-of-Walter-Mitty-Poster-Header

I saw this little quote in a movie (and loved it).

If you know the movie, you can appreciate where the quote came from.

This little quote got me thinking. The purpose of life…. I’m no philosophy major, but I’m sure that we can agree that everyone will have a different interpretation of what they think the purpose of life is, or at the very least, what your purpose is. I’m certainly not going to argue with you what you think is your purpose. That is for you to explore and determine on your own. And by the way, I highly encourage you to do so.

So what do you think your purpose is ?Dalai Lama message

I think that my purpose is to lead a life that is fulfilling and enriching not only to me, but to those around me and to those I hold dearest. I also believe that living a life where you help others, is very important. I can tell you what I think some of the attributes that make up a good life. I know what some of mine are.  How about you, do you know what yours are ?

I know for me the teachings of the Dalai Lama and the Buddhist believes are very meaningful. Even though I was raised in a catholic faith, I find that I’m not overly catholic. I say that, and I don’t believe that makes me a bad Christian. However, to lead a good life, I don’t think that one needs to necessarily have faith or be overly religious.  But I don’t want to muddy the waters with religion here.

I think that ultimately it may come down to a simple question… What makes you itch ?

As Alan Watts asks “What would you do if money were no object ?”

For those of us that have our regular jobs and our mortgages, and are going through the regular 9-5 grinds… it may be difficult to break our way of thinking and challenge the path that we know.

To showcase this, I want to give you an example.  I have a dear friend that I’ve known for my entire adult life.  He was my best friend starting in Grade 7 and remains to this day one of my best friends.  I admire him for his accomplishments in his life.  See, shortly after graduating post-secondary, he decided that his chosen path wasn’t what he went to school for.  His true love was and still is photography.  And he is awesome at it.  Over the years, and through exceptionally hard work, he has been to some of the most amazing places in the world.  His love of photography has afforded him the opportunity to access places I can only dream of.  He once confided in me that being in photography was like being a starving artist.  I understand that, but by following your dreams and your love, you gain a richness that very few can match.  That richness isn’t necessarily in dollars, but when it comes right down to it.  What do you spend your dollars on anyway, typically its to get that experience which further enriches you.  He just cut out the middle part of the process and went straight to enrichment.  He challenged the status quo, and did something that he knew was going to be difficult, but he followed his love.

Maybe it’s time to start looking at your purpose and following your dream/love.  What are you waiting for ?


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