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Have you ever noticed how what bothers you becomes important? Whether it's a thing or person, because you focus your attention on it, it becomes important. When you notice this, it sucks, because, well, you want the things and people that delight you to be important - not the other stuff! For example, I sometimes have these moments where I pout over how many people are more passionate about animal rights than human rights. In the ridiculous heat of a moment, I'll stammer about the organization I'll start, which will redirect people's compassion, which we'll call, Humans First, Puppies Second!  Blablabla. I get fired up about something that bothers me and give it attention. When I finally catch my breath and stop babbling, I realize a better course of action. Like, signing those puppy-mill papers I'm asked to sign as I walk through the streets of downtown Montreal - because it only takes...

I'm a dreamer. I dream big. I chase dreams, almost relentlessly. Yet, I've recently began reflecting on what dream-chasing is all about. For starters: 1) I've had dreams come true, and it felt awesome. 2) I've had dreams shatter, and I still feel considerably awesome. So, what then, of dreams? What's the point of them? What's the point of chasing and making sacrifices for something that won't change your life much? Or will it? Let's explore. Marcus Buckingham, best-selling author, researcher and strengths-strategist, reveals some interesting information on dreams: "A famous series of experiments compared the satisfaction levels of lottery winners just after they'd won the lottery with paraplegics' satisfaction levels just after the accident that paralyzed them. Initially, as you'd expect, the lottery winners' satisfaction rose and paraplegics' sank, but then, after only six months, each person's daily level of satisfaction returned to the level it was before.  How trustworthy can dreams be if a...

Saying I told you so is foolish. Sure, if we're debating our plot twist predictions of a film or betting on what devilish swim workout coach will give us tonight, let's go ahead and shoot our mouths off when we're right! But when it comes to the unfortunate place someone's life has ended up as a result of choices we told them not to make, we shouldn't say, I told you so. What we end up communicating is we actually care about being right when someone is in the middle of crisis. You might be thinking, Well, I wish they would have just trusted my advice...

I had lunch with my longtime friend, Val, today. While we were talking about our dreams and forthcoming choices - she's deciding between phD programs (stud!) - she looked at me across the table and said, "Remember that time in high school...

I think of this often, namely because I hang with yogis and they tend to characterize any supreme being as such. Energy. My friend, Kieran, tells me I have amazing energy, like it's something I carry with me. He says it in a spiritual way, and I like how it makes me feel. It makes me wonder if he's tuning into the spirit of God in my heart - that thing Jesus said was going to come after he'd ascend to heaven. That thing that descended upon the people like a violent, rushing wind. Like fire. Like Energy. I flirt with ideas of universalism and ask if Kieran's experience of energy could be my same experience of the God of Christianity, only described using different words? But then C.S. Lewis shows up and challenges me, as I'm sure he will you: "One reason why people find [Energy] so attractive is that it gives one much of...