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Guest Corner: Calling an End to Captivity

Given my profession, I’m mindful of how technology helps businesses of all types become more efficient. One industry helped by technology is the "animal captivity" business of amusement parks and attractions. It is a huge industry, employing thousands, generating billions of dollars in revenue, and it is greatly assisted by advancements in breeding, diet, behavioral enrichment, and habitat replication.

The Adventure of Learning

They say that one of the things that keeps you young is ongoing learning. I found this great video by Rick Mereki which is testament to some of the many skills we can learn from different people, in different places.



But learning need not take a formal lesson in guitar, crafts or any other tangible activity. As we know, there is important learning in the every day if we are open to seeing it or finding it. What did you learn today?

Being Vulnerable

Vulnerability is something I’ve never been comfortable with. But let’s face it; we are all vulnerable to circumstances and people in life, so what I really mean is showing vulnerability. Much of who I am or perhaps who I imagine myself to be is someone in control, strong and unfailing. It has been in the context of relationships and friendships where I’ve encountered the misgivings of this approach.

Attitude is Everything

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. - Pat Riley

I recently wrote a blog post about limits – specifically about the importance of acknowledging and accepting them. I was conflicted when writing it as I feel that accepting limits could imply giving up or selling out.

The Fine Art of Thank You

Canadians have the reputation of being excessively polite. We apologize when someone bumps into us. We ask people for permission to sit in empty chairs. We wait patiently behind people who aren’t even in line. While this may seem extremely polite, I believe we have simultaneously lost the fine art of the well placed Thank You. Like anything else, said too much and too often it loses meaning. And what about the Thank You note? Does anyone take pen to paper anymore for this thoughtful gesture?

What I Learned

Recently I learned of a 48-year-old father of three who passed away after a long battle with a rare cancer. The same week, I learned of a 35-year-old man who had his third heart attack. If that weren’t bad enough, he was on his honeymoon at the time and the extent of the damage he’s sustained is still unknown.

When we know someone facing a life threatening situation or someone who has lost their battle, we immediately take stock of our good fortune. We vow to take better care of ourselves, and immediately tell those around us how much we care.
We are reminded of what really matters in life.

Ode to Bicycles

Anyone who knows me or who's read this blog, knows that I'm an avid cyclist. For me, physical activity is part of a mindful life - cycling is one way I celebrate my life and my good fortune. But for many, it's a means of survival.


This ode by Pablo Neruda not only is praise of the bike, but acknowledgement of those very individuals.

Unforgettable

Some people keep journals as a way of practicing gratitude. Though I don’t do this, the idea got me thinking about fleeting experiences in my life for which I am thankful and have never forgotten. I thought I would share just a few here.

Many years ago I visited Malaysia. I was travelling on my own and largely playing it by ear. Memory escapes me as to whether it was on someone’s suggestion along the way or because of something I'd read –  the only thing that matters is that I visited Long Beach on Perhentian Kecil. This is by far one of the most magical places I've ever been. One night in particular there was a full moon that was so close you felt that if you reached out far enough you could actually touch it. I had never seen a moon that could illuminate an entire beach. Eating freshly caught fish, while sitting on the sand and being serenaded with Bob Marley songs, was an incredible way to enjoy it.

What a Twit: Part II

I've done this before and I think it could make a nice quarterly feature on this blog. This is when I take my latest favourite tweets (in no particular order) and share them with you. I hope you find them inspirational, interesting, funny and/or entertaining. If you are on Twitter too, you may consider following some of these great tweeps!