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Guest Corner: Giving a Hand

Recently my friend invited me to volunteer.Sometimes I feel it’s a bit of an imposition to ask me for my time. Don't I appear busy enough?What makes others think I might have time to spare for strangers?I have lots of people of my own to take care of, don’t I?
But all that aside, I said yes because I like my friend.And I was curious.Maybe I would discover something new about myself in the process.

Born Lucky

Throughout my travels over the years, I have often reflected about how much of our life is impacted by something over which we have no control – that is, where we are born.
You need only read or listen to the news to be overwhelmed by the unrest affecting so many countries and people around the world. Poverty, violence, disease, natural disasters a reality many face just trying to get by. These circumstances are a daily reminder of the great fortune we can be endowed with or denied by virtue of our birthplace.

The Choices we Make

"Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you." - Richard Bach
I have no regrets but I do sometimes wonder what my life would be like if I had made different decisions along the way. Life is funny like that. Sometimes those pivotal moments smack you in the face with a neon sign that reads “crossroads”. You know that your life will forever take a different course thereafter.

Grocery Store Reflections

The other day I was at the supermarket and joined one of the few lines for check out that were open. Heading into a long weekend you can imagine the line was long, so that when a new cashier opened, people frantically scurried over in hopes of saving time. One such person was the 20-something year-old who, in his haste, took the opportunity to (unsubtly) bud in front of me.

Spotlight On: Intrepid Travel

As both an intrepid traveller and an Intrepid traveller, I was keen to learn about this responsible travel company and its role in giving back. I spoke with the co-Founder of Intrepid Travel, Geoff Manchester, about the future and mission of his company as well as his ideas around mindful living. This is what he had to say:

Aging Gracefully

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength." - Betty Friedan (1921-2006)
Regular readers of my blog may remember that I volunteered for an organization called Second Mile, where I was a “friendly visitor” to an elderly fellow named Aldo. The other day I attended a dinner held in honour of volunteers as their way of saying thanks.

Giving Thanks

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving…and a bit of an experiment. The content of this post will be populated by you. I invite you all to leave one thing in the comments section for which you are thankful. I’ll start… I am thankful to be able to share this occasion with loved ones over a home-cooked meal. You?

This is your Life

Routines serve a purpose in our lives, but they should not become the purpose to our lives. - Unknown
There is no question that routines help us to be more efficient and productive.  They help the people around us know what to expect from us and what is expected of them. On a broad level, routine adds to our life.

But we need to be weary of getting stuck by our routine…becoming so entrenched that we come to live on autopilot. Wake up, breakfast, commute, work, home, dinner, TV – then do it all over again, again and again. Or some variation thereof.