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14 May “This sucks!”…So, is it you or your environment that needs to change?

I was at a local pool last week for an event and thought it might be strategic to complete a swim workout when it was over since I was already poolside. When I jumped into the ‘very fast’ lane during public swim, I discovered it wasn’t very fast at all. I had trouble doing my swim sets properly due to slow swimmers, and when a grampa-man started stretching and rotating his hips in his saggy Speedo outside my ‘very fast’ lane, I thought, "You best not jump in this lane, grampa!!!" I was frustrated. It happened again a few days afterward when I chose to go cycling on the Lachine Canal in Montreal on a sunny Sunday afternoon. I needed to bang out a quick 40KM before a meeting, but I continually had to break, slow-down and pass people on the narrow path. Kids were biking while giggling and gazing at...

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09 May Where The Growth Is

Sometimes when we’re out walking the city, my step-dad grabs my mom, pulls her in, dips her down and gives her a kiss. My mom squeals, “Stop!” like a little school girl. My step-dad is not phased by her pushing him back because he sees the reality - she has a huge smile on her face. My boyfriend is the same in that at any given moment, he may have a whimsical thought he wants to suddenly execute on, and I’ll think, “Waiiiiit, what’s the plan!?” He’ll do something spontaneously, and I’ll find myself thinking, “Wow!” juxtaposed with, “What is he doing?!?!!? Stop!” And I think that’s where the growth is. The moments that grow us are moments where there’s tension. There is mix of wonder and “Stop!!!”. We’re being stretched from who we are, from what’s normal, to another possibility that brings forth discomfort yet wonder. I see it in my mom, and...

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02 May The Little Goal Before The Big Goal

Yesterday I met with some high school athletes at their year-end sports gala. The students asked me questions, looking for insight on how to build their sport careers. My favourite part was asking the kids their dreams. One girl told me she wanted to run a marathon. Another said she wanted to compete in an Ironman. There was an issue though: these girls were fifteen and their bodies weren’t ready for this sort of torture…errr…performance! It sounds familiar. How many of us have dreams but aren't quite ready? How many of us see what's possible for how we'll contribute to humanity but haven't quite become what that looks like yet? It makes me think of a quote I’m often challenged by: “Don’t underestimate your potential or overestimate your readiness.” (Erwin McManus) For those of us who are eager beavers, the questions comes, "Well, what can I do NOW???" I know those girls didn’t want...

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29 Apr Cut it out?…or…Cut them out? (Who You Surround Yourself With, Part 2)

When considering who you surround yourself with, how do you know if you need to cut someone out or cut it out in the heat of an argument? The million dollar question. How can we know if someone truly loves us and is sharpening us when they confront us, which is uncomfortable, or whether they’re downers/haters/bad friends who need to be removed from our inner circle with all their negative energy? The solution is simple. Make verbal commitments. What I mean is, people get up in our faces when they expect something different from us than what we’re delivering. Rather than giving people the opportunity to make up their own expectations for you, let them know your expectations for yourself or agree on a set of expectations together. A really courageous thing you can do is set goals and ask someone to hold you accountable to them. Intentionally asking someone to be a stand for you when...

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20 Apr Who You Surround Yourself With, Part 1

There are many quotes out there about keeping the right company. Jim Rohn, America’s foremost business philosopher, says, “You’re the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.” Oprah tells us to, “Surround yourself only with the people who are going to lift you higher.” And on and on. The reality is, it’s common knowledge to know to surround yourself with ‘good people’. What is less obvious is the definition of ‘good people’. If Lindsay Lohan is saying it at the same time Jim Rohn is, what distinguishing element has brought their lives to such different places? What’s different about their definitions of ‘good people’? John Wooden has the answer. John Wooden says, “Whatever you do, surround yourself with smart people who will argue with you.” Argue with me?! Yes. What he means is to surround ourselves with people who will challenge us, who will disagree with our points of view and hold us...

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15 Mar Small Pleasures

I bumped into my brother in the street today. We spotted each other from across the road. Hey! We joined up and went for coffee, spontaneously. Actually, only I drank coffee and ate an apple bubba while we chatted and analyzed certain elements of life. Then we went to do our groceries together. He had a list. I had a list in my mind. We got our goods, together and separately, rejoining in different aisles over same products. Honey! We love honey. He tells me Obama’s favorite food is broccoli, so we both bought some of that, too. I checked out. He was still shopping for crackers. Good night, brother! Good night, sis. And now I’m home. I’ve sat down to write this before I bring out my Oka cheese and salami and wine and crackers because it was a sweet and unplanned happening. It was beautiful and simple, this...

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