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Guest Corner: The Power of Choice

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley
Getting and staying physically fit is a choice.You can make it. Today.
Trust me, I should know.
I chose to spend the first 25 years of life ignoring health and physical fitness. I allowed unhealthy lifestyles that I witnessed growing up to impact my own choices once I left the roost.To put it plainly, I accepted the conditions as they existed.

A Drop of Fear

Many years ago, I went for a routine physical and passed out after giving blood. The last thing I remember was drinking at the water fountain, and then waking up lying on the floor in the doctor’s hallway to the site of my (then) boyfriend trying to revive me.
Since then, taking blood has always been a bit of an ordeal. I’ll never forget the time when a nurse couldn’t find my vein and kept poking around. On the sixth attempt I told her where to go, got up and left. Naturally then, when my colleague invited me to join her in giving blood, I had mixed feelings.

Where There's a Will

We are all guilty of feeling down at times, but feeling sorry for ourselves to the detriment of not appreciating all that we DO have equates to wasted time. I was reminded of how much of life is in our approach on a cycling trip recently.
My friend Emma and I took to the roads of the Kawarthas for three days of road cycling one long weekend this summer. Joining a group of fellow cyclists, we had the benefit of exploring the area without the hassle of mapping out trips. The weather was glorious and the routes were varied, making for perfect cycling conditions.

Selfless

Have you ever given thought to those who make it their mission to protect your life? Consider the countless people who put their own life on the line every day in order to ensure that you are safe and protected.
Police officers, firefighters, army and navy members, doctors, paramedics, nurses…and the list goes on. The recent tragedy of a police officer in Alberta, brutally beaten and killed in the line of duty investigating a noise disturbance, highlights the supreme sacrifice these selfless individuals make.

Spotlight On: World Bicycle Relief

"A bicycle is an industrial revolution in an individual's life." - F.K. Day President, Co-Founder, World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing "access to independence and livelihood" through the provision of bicycles to those who cannot afford them. Co-founded by F.K. Day in 2005, the organization has distributed more than 110,000 bikes to date, primarily in Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 
I recently spoke with FK to learn more about the vision and future of World  Bicycle Relief and his views on living a mindful life.

Gratitude List

An important part of living a mindful life is making time for reflection. This most often means time spent alone without distraction or work, focused instead on thoughtful appreciation.

We are so used to distracting ourselves with technology, or too busy to smell the roses, that meaningful moments pass us by unnoticed. I believe that moments of solitude are fundamental to appreciating what we have in this life. And I think that gratitude is the most direct roadmap to happiness, if only we’re aware enough to recognize it.

Living a Dream

Some kids dream of being firefighters. Some dream of getting married. Others still dream of saving the world.
One of my childhood dreams was to travel the world and more specifically, to visit Egypt. It was apparent from an early age that faraway people and places were fascinating to me. I would anxiously await the latest edition of National Geographic in the mail and remember pouring over the images, dreaming about what life would be like in any one of the many distant lands always featured. My mother would often say that it seemed so fitting that Christopher Columbus and I share a birthday.

Getting to know Yourself

Some time ago I lost my job.  Faced with what felt like limited opportunity, I thought 'you can’t wait for the job to come to you, so make the job'.

Friends and family were proud when I tried to start my own business, and not-so-secretly envious saying that they had long wished to do the same. Anyone who has lost their job knows what a trying time it is, but I can also attest to what an enormous learning experience it is too.