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Guest Corner: Making your Life Matter

We all want to know we matter, that what we do and who we are makes a difference in this world. I believe one of the greatest ways we can give our lives significance is by encouraging someone else and sharing hope.

With all of life’s joys and sorrows and ups and downs, we all need to know we are not alone. We all need to hear someone else reassure us that we’re going to make it through a tough situation. We all could use a cheering section sometimes, that realization that someone else cares about us and wants us to make it.

Counter Current

"Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone." ~Howard Rorak The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

When I Grow Up

What did you want to be when you grew up? My list included fashion designer, journalist, astronaut, photojournalist and perfume maker (not a chemist per se, but I wanted to have a perfume named after me and didn’t consider what would be required to make that happen). I should have been born to a celebrity...but I digress.

Kids are awesome that way. They are close to everything that matters to them without the influence of society or anyone else telling them what they should do. The sky is the limit.

Yin and Yang

The ancient Chinese subscribe to a concept calledYin Yangwhich is a belief that there exist two complementary forces in the universe. One is Yang which represents everything positive or masculine and the other is Yin which is characterized as negative or feminine. One is not better than the other. Instead they are both necessary and a balance of both is highly desirable.

I recently had occasion to lounge in a backyard, watching the butterflies landing around me, the trees filled with birds chirping and, well…seeing the grass in need of long overdue maintenance.

10 Rules for Good Living

There is so much we can do to live with more grace, be better people, have a more positive impact.  Reflecting on this, here are what I consider the top 10 ways we can live a "good life".

A Doctor, a Lawyer and a Shoemaker

I promise not to tell a joke about them visiting a bar…

I recently read with great interest, an article in the Toronto Star about the dying art of shoemaking. This got me thinking about all the work that goes on day to day, by so many people who go unrecognized and unnoticed.
From a young age, we are conditioned to appreciate very specific career paths – doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, and architects as top of mind examples. But when you get out into the business of making a living, networking, and engaging with people from all walks of life, it’s then that the volume of opportunities and their merit become more apparent.

Sharing is Caring

According to Webster’s dictionary, sharing is defined as: To divide and distribute in shares <shared out the land among his heirs>To partake of, use, experience, occupy, or enjoy with othersTo grant or give a share in — <shared the last of her water with us>To tell (as thoughts, feelings, or experiences) to others

Spotlight On: Pay it Forward Day

Sail beyond the horizon; fly higher than you ever thought possible; magnify your existence by helping others; be kind to people and animals of all shapes and sizes; be true to what you value most; shine your light on the world; and be the person you were born to be.”- Blake Beattie

Inspired by the Catherine Ryan Hyde novel “Pay It Forward”, Pay it Forward Day (PIFD) was founded internationally by Blake Beattie and begins by inviting people to do a favor for another person without any expectation of being paid back.  Though formally on April 26, the day is grounded in the belief that any person can implement the spirit of giving in his/her life, at any time. PIFD is about all people, from all walks of life giving to someone else and making a positive difference. At last count there were more than 500, 000 people in 39 countries around the world participating.

I spoke with Blake about PIFD and what living mindfully means to him.

The Currency of Happiness

A few years ago, when I was in Costa Rica, I met a young guy from Toronto who had won $17 million. I was struck by how lost he was, mistrusting of others and unsure as to what he was going to do with his life. As he ordered another drink, I remember him saying he wished he'd never won. How ironic I thought...
People automatically claim (but half-heartedly believe) that "money can't buy happiness". Why then do we simultaneously lament all the things we'd like but just can't afford? An interesting TED Talk recently came to my attention that argues that the WAY we spend our money (be it a lot or a little) is directly correlated to our happiness.