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Showing posts from April, 2012

Guest Corner: Living into Intention

In 2005 something happened to me that will leave me forever grateful and inspired by what's possible. I was out with a friend and we were both struck by how fortunate we were to have our health despite both of our mothers living with MS. It was that day I created an intention to do more...

An intention is a feeling, a wish, a dream and…a way of being. It’s something that you’re committed to making possible. It’s something you’re committed to for the sake of being committed, something that speaks to you. Something you dedicate mindful attention even when you have no idea how to make it real.

I'm not Thinking about It

Meditation. Eastern philosophers have long touted its great benefits. Westerners attempt it with varying levels of success.
According to Wikipedia, meditation is “any form of a family of practices in which practitioners train their minds or self-induce a mode of consciousness to realize some benefit.”

Certain Uncertainty

“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” ~John Allen Paulos

Like death and taxes, uncertainty is a constant. It surrounds us in the everyday - in our career, with our loved ones, and even within our own physical being. We fall ill, marriages fail, people are laid off.  Sometimes events develop over time making the outcome (perhaps) somewhat easier to manage, or at least get used to. It’s even worse when, out of nowhere, our life changes on a dime.
Despite what it may seem, this is not meant to be a post about doom and gloom, but rather one about the importance of accepting this ever-present uncertainty and focusing on what we do have control over.

Caine's Arcade: Dreaming outside the Cardboard Box

If you have an Internet connection you’ve most likely heard about an ingenious nine year-old boy named Caine, now famous for building an elaborate arcade entirely from cardboard.  A short video of his endeavor appeared in my Facebook feed from an acquaintance claiming it was one of the most heartwarming she’d ever seen. I opened it with curiosity and five minutes in, I had tears in my eyes.

Spotlight On: 500 Kindnesses

If you have an idea, often the biggest obstacle in the way of making it happen isn't your lack of skills or the idea's effectiveness. Sometimes the biggest obstacle is one's just not doing it.” – Todd O'Reilly

These wise words of motivation come from Todd O'Reilly, the founder of 500 Kindnesses, an 1800km charity bike ride encompassing Toronto, Montreal, NYC, Boston and Cape Cod.  Unlike most charitable endeavors, instead of money, donors are asked for pledges to perform acts of kindness.  Todd and his 13 year old son will take on the challenge together this summer.
The purpose of the bike ride is to remind people the world is full of kindness and that it’s sometimes very simple to turn kind intentions into kind actions. To prove it, as of right now 500 Kindnesses has received their 213th pledge - a coordinated act of kindness to support Kiva, an organization I have blogged about before.
I recently spoke with Todd about making a difference and living mindfully…

Back to the Future

They say hindsight is 20/20. This often-used expression got me thinking of some of the lessons that time and experience have taught me. If the you of today could go back and have a chat with the teenage you, what would you say?
These are 20 things I would say:

Chocolate Hoax

When I was a kid Easter was ALL about chocolate. Bunnies, eggs, baskets, you name it.

Italians give out these massive chocolate eggs (and I use the term “chocolate” loosely in this case), with a giant toy inside. I swear my mom, err, the Easter Bunny gave me those so He could use the “chocolate” for baking. Lord knows that’s all it was good for.  Nevertheless, the anticipation of what He would bring was still tons of fun.
I remember the disappointment I felt when I learned that He wasn’t real – and for that matter, that the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus were giant hoaxes as well. Way to prepare your kids for future disappointment. But I digress.
So now that Easter is upon us once again, despite the passage of time, my mind automatically turns to chocolate. I just can’t help it. There are Cadbury eggs with my name on ‘em. I know how I’ll be spending my weekend. Hope the Bunny is good to you too.

The Sweet Smell of Bagels

Where we live is a reflection of who we are, what we value and how we choose to live our life. Allow me to indulge in an old piece of writing from my days in Montreal.  I found it on my hard drive, and remember vividly the day I wrote it.  Despite the passage of time and the fact that I've embraced my life in Toronto, my love for Montreal endures. After reading this, I would like to know how you feel about where you live or have lived and what it means to you.