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Happy? What Is Stopping You?

You Can Be Right Now Woke up around 4:15 a.m. and, as is now a practice of mine, I rolled around in my bed, rubbing my feet back and forth along the Egyptian cotton sheet, hugged a couple of pillows tightly and snuggled under the comforter and said, “I am happy, blessed and grateful for everything and in every way today!” Yes, it might sound corny, trite and even trivial to some of you reading this but happiness really is your choice. For so many years of my life, in

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What To Do With Raw Meat

Tuesday Thought Are you meat eater? If yes, what is your favourite kind of meat? A few months ago, I made the decision to stop eating fresh pork because of a story and photograph that I saw on Facebook about a live worm being extracted from a man’s head. It was thought or maybe it might be better to say alleged that the worm – and a large one at that – got there from his eating under-cooked pork. So for months that brand of ‘meat’ has not passed my

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Are You The Question?

It Will Not Go Away Amid the jokes, cake eating and general joviality of marking the fortieth year of my birth, below the surface of my smiles a question kept popping up in my head – begging my attention. Everyone reassured me that these will be the best years of my life and I believed them as these were people who had, as the saying goes, “been there, done that.” Why then was this question nagging me? Frankly, nothing had changed in my life physically up to that fateful day

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Last Year From Our Contributors

The Year Was… The world and his wife (where did that phrase come from) are now showcasing their Best of Last Year. Why should we not join in? Every Friday last year, a roundup of the most visited post of the week was shared. However, we are doing things a bit different and will use the first Monday of 2016 to toot our own horn! This blog relocated to WordPress less than a year ago and we did our best to make up time by posting every day of the

Books: Food For The Imagination

Christmas Is  Coming… “You gave her what for Christmas?” His shock was palpable but surprising to me. Why would anyone be shocked that my gift to my daughter was a book. That was it. Nothing else. Money was always tight in my household, ever since my childhood. In my 30’s into 40’s the cash flow fluctuated from drought-like conditions to a steady flowing river but never a cascading waterfall. That particular Christmas, the stream of money was not so bad but my decision about a gift was not made with

Are You A Power Talker Or Peddler Of Poison?

“Let’s Talk” Is it just me or have you noticed that some people, especially men in relationships, scatter when they hear, “Let’s talk?” Why is that so? Is it because they think the conversation is going to be painful, boring and possibly repetitive? Are you in the habit of causing harm with your words or talking about the same thing over and over? Are you a power talker of peddler of poison? I used to be like that but with time, training and a true desire to have meaningful interactions,

Tap Into Your Gratefulness Force In 3 Steps

Practice Being Grateful Previously published on September 4, 2014 “Gratitude brings light into our hearts spread warmth throughout our bodies and radiate positive energy into the world. The more we consciously and consistently grow in our practice of gratitude, the more benefits we will experience.” Michele  Wahlder “Practice makes perfect.” How often have we heard this saying?  I say it very often to my son and every time that I do he asks me what does it mean. We would not get far if we did not practice whatever tasks

How 11 People Offered To Teach But Only 1 Transformed

Abundance of Energy My Dad shared a conversation from his youth with me that I have reflected on for many years. It still sits top of mind for me. He first shared it with me when I was just 12 years old. I had just started my first stand-alone business. Previously, I had a paper route (grew it from 27 to 58 customers in 20 months), shovelled snow, successfully did door-to-door sales and lots of other odd jobs. However, I never had a stand-alone business where I was in charge