It’s All Good

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Acceptance

Some of us are familiar with American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer that reads: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. What I find most interesting about this prayer is not just the sage advice and comfort […]

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Cause and Effect

A few weeks ago, my father found himself bedridden after having a bad fall in his kitchen. The pain from damage to some tendons in his leg was quite unbearable at times, but he settled in and started his path to healing. After a couple of weeks, the pain in his leg was finally beginning […]

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Comfortable

If there is one thing I’ve learned about life, it’s that it is always changing. Our universe and everything in it, is always in a state of continual expansion and growth. Nothing stays the same. So it occurs to me that for much of my life, I have been trying to accomplish something that in […]

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Participation

I’m not sure if I was naturally competitive growing up or if I was raised that way, but for the first half of my life I didn’t play anything unless I thought I had a good chance of winning. My primary concern entering into a game was to be the best, and if winning wasn’t […]

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Trust

In my quest to be loved and accepted while growing up, I developed a habit that became quite difficult to break as I grew older. In my early years, when faced with a situation of disappointing someone I cared for, I found myself telling that person what I thought they wanted to hear, instead of […]

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Success

Golf is a game I’ve enjoyed for many years and, in some ways, it has been one of my greatest teachers in life. In the early stages of learning the game, my focus was on hitting the ball farther, and I would spend much of my time at the practice range, hitting driver after driver. […]

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Win/Win

While driving home last week, I noticed something quite disturbing. As it was the final week of the provincial election, I was used to seeing the campaign signs of each candidate strategically placed on each corner of the main intersections along my drive. But on this day, something was different. There was only one set […]

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Feelings

Feelings. We all have them and some of them are really great such as joy, gratitude, peace and love. And then there are some that are not so great, such as anger, hate, resentment and jealousy. We do our best to hold onto our positive feelings, yet many times we can find ourselves trapped, sometimes […]

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War

I’ve often had trouble understanding why we find ourselves in a state of war with each other so often in life. I’m not just speaking about nations against nations. We declare war on each other in business, in our neighbourhoods and schools, even with members of our own family. So many times we end up […]

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Disappointment

For the last 20 years, I’ve tried to live with the conscious intention of not being a victim in my life. This past week, it felt like everything I had ever learned was tested as I watched my beloved Toronto Raptors fall to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs. Having been […]