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Showing posts from November, 2013

People are good

If you live in Toronto or have been following news of Mayor Ford, each day for what seems like months has brought a new surprise. As a resident of Toronto, I have felt personally saddened and embarrassed by the words and actions of our supposed "leader". So instead of focusing on the negative, and remembering that this is a blog about making a difference and living mindfully, I wanted to share a video that brought me to a good way.
Not everyone is a bully. People are good. They support each other. They are happy for one another.
Just take a look.


Travel is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and lose sight of the familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky. – Cesare Pavese This quote got me thinking. I had never really viewed travel quite in this way. And though I wouldn’t characterize it as a “brutality” per se, there is no question that it can be very uncomfortable – be it on an emotional level being away from loved ones or, on a physical level, because of what it can impose – early mornings, changes in diet, jet lag, living out of a backpack, and so much more.

A whale, a beach and a massage

Any day you see a whale, eat breakfast on the beach and have a massage is undeniably a great day. Having recently experienced a day just like that while on vacation, I was reminded of how much inspiration can flow from new experiences and a clear mind.

Speaking without words

When communication is easy, like anything, we tend to take it for granted.  Often when I've set off on my travels, I've been asked how I communicate in counties where English is not spoken. Tricky are those encounters where we must rely on basic vocabulary, sign language or even pictures to convey our ideas. Awesome are those moments when you creatively overcome communication barriers and make a connection despite the obvious obstacles.