Another Week, Another Assignment There are some statements, sayings, quotes – call them whatever you like – that just pisses me off! Here is one: “A lesson will keep repeating itself until it is learned.” Talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey, popularized that one, however, it has its foundation in Buddhist teachings. At least that is where I first heard it. A lesson that was seemingly assigned to me this past week was taking care of my soul. Wrapping up my reading, finally, of Dr. Peale’s Enthusiasm Makes The Difference, the
One Less Would you believe that my reading of the book, Enthusiasm Makes The Difference, is still in progress? It has been a few weeks now but this time around I am savouring every page of this masterpiece by Norman Vincent Peale. Sitting on the train every morning heading into downtown Edmonton is the only time that I read it. Being a morning person, that is when information, ideas and inspiration are best understood and discerned by me. So, as my mind mused about what the result of my recent
The Book On Enthusiasm Reinventing the wheel is not one of my favourite activities. In her younger years, my daughter would often hear me say, “Learn from the mistakes of others and make new ones of your own.” One of the many wonderful things that Oprah Winfrey achieved during her early year of talk show hosting was getting people to read. With great enthusiasm, people would join her book club and pour over this or that book. So, my intention is not to start another book club here. Oprah mastered
Are These ‘The End Times’? As a civilization, as nations, as citizens of this world, it seems we have come to one of those times in history when we have to choose. Many will testify, every pun intended, that there is only one choice – God. They will try to convince you that these are the “end times!” Funny enough, there might very well be those who are not God-minded, “the liberals,” who have the same opinion. The massive influx of refugees across Europe mainly but elsewhere as well was
The Power Of The Mind During my last programme of studies, one that was undertaken at a Catholic university, faith and reason where up for plenty of discussion. There were those of the view that faith was all we needed. Then there were those who felt reason was more important. And, you guessed it, I was in the middle – faith AND reason are bedfellows. My spirituality and philosophy to that point were grounded in the teaching of James Allen that “as a man think, so is he.” Why my
How Many Really Care? Another year and, almost to the day, I am home in pain as I was nine years ago. This time, instead of my head pounding as it was then, it is my back. Sleep was problematic last night. Back in 2007, sleep was not an option for two nights in a row. With the season of gifting on the horizon, my plan to go Christmas shopping is on hold. If the pain eases, maybe it will be possible to go late this evening. Looking back to
Every Day Provides A Chance Tomorrow my American friends will celebrate Thanksgiving Day and, as with the Canadian celebrations, we ask, “What are you thankful for?” This is a customary Thanksgiving question. This year it might just take on extra special meaning. So, I went back 10 years to a piece that I wrote to share some thoughts about how to be thankful in all things. Caught up as we are in the various dramas of life whether political or personal, thankfulness is often the last thought on our minds.
Lesson From The US Election The past week has been an interesting one. We have seen the person who was almost written off as “cannot possibly win” do exactly that – win. We saw the one thought to be a virtual shoo-in lose. What we also saw were lessons not being learned; a collective of people, known as a party, not understanding that large sections of society are tired of not being heard. However, the greatest theme by the end of the week for me was “how to be down