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Showing posts from April, 2013

A "Better" Life

I recently became involved with a new cause. I wasn’t really looking for a new opportunity per se, but it came to me via my work as an organization my company has been supporting for years. The organization is called TRIEC – Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council – and is dedicated to integrating immigrants into the Toronto labour market.

Spotlight On: PeopleForBikes

As an avid cyclist, I am always interested in organizations and people promoting and supporting bikes. PeopleForBikes is an initiative of Bikes Belong, dedicated to improving the future of bicycling in the United States and with the express “goal of gathering a million names of support, to speak with one, powerful voice—to make bicycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone.” I recently spoke with Tim Blumenthal, President of Bikes Belong, about this wonderful movement and his thoughts on mindful living.

Fill your Glass

We all know them. People who are never happy no matter what. They complain come rain or shine, good fortune or otherwise. I recently overheard someone say: "For you the glass isn't half full. The glass has a hole in it and all the water has drained out!" It’s at times like those that you realize how much of happiness is attitude and not circumstance. Of course we all have our ‘off’ days, but the more we can stay in a positive space, the better. So with a view to that, here are some tips we can all keep in mind to reset our positive vibe!

Giving without Money

You routinely hear people say that they would help others if only they had money. Having overheard this recently I thought I would take the opportunity to share some ideas as to how we can help even when money is tight.

What is your Best?

We have heard it a thousand times and have even said it ourselves. “I did my best.” There is something about this adage that has always rubbed me the wrong way. Inevitably this is bandied when things don’t turn out quite as we had hoped. We console ourselves with the claim, believing that there is nothing more we could have done, or done differently, since “we’ve done our best”. So, what more could there be?

Touching Hearts Far Away

We get caught up in our everyday and carve out time here and there as we can for our hobbies and time away. For those who love to travel, like me, we make sure that any significant time away from work is spent somewhere far from home. But how and where we spend that time is entirely personal. 
For many, many years I backpacked my way from country to country, often on my own, making new friends along the way. Many of my fondest memories have been spent in very distant lands doing things I will likely never do again.