by what measurement?

by what measurement?

What is the measurement by which we measure our happiness?  This is probably a tough question to answer because I don’t think there is one measurement but in every aspect of our lives we measure ourselves by something different. For example when we are at work we...

it’s not easy

it’s not easy

Nobody said it would be easy and it sure isn’t. But than again that is the beauty of it. It’s not easy to decide to do something and then stick to it when life has a way of throwing all kinds of things your way when you least expect it. And non of it is bad. Ok,...

rest

rest

I have always loved sleep and am very lucky that when my head hits the pillow I go off to strange places and I don’t even remember where I have been when I wake up. This is not the case for other people I surmise. I had a case of that at school yesterday, when a young...

prioritizing

prioritizing

I received a wonderful compliment last week which I have been thinking about ever since. I was told that I had an amazing ability to prioritize what is most important in my life and get after it. It may not be a super power and it may not be something that most people...

buddha

buddha

The Buddha was on to something. Probably a lot many things that I am slowly realizing as I get older and one of them is definitely becoming present. Present by not getting overwhelmed with all the demands on our time because our idea of time is fragmented at best.  We...

pushing without feelings

pushing without feelings

I have come not to rely on my feelings which is not such an easy thing to do because it is a hell of a lot easier to do anything when you feel good about something. But those feelings come and go. They come to us and leave us as they want to, like the rain and the...

a dash of makeup

a dash of makeup

I had an incredible teaching moment yesterday. A young lady came to see me while I was helping the class with their thesis and topic sentences for an essay I assigned and she was concerned that she didn’t have a good answer to the question I asked. I asked the class...

bright side

bright side

I am not sure how it happened or perhaps it has been like this all along but I can’t help but think of myself as a positive person. It’s really funny. I don’t remember being positive my whole life. I’ve always had dreams. I was never an asshole, but I don’t think I’ve...

how to help

how to help

Helping my son become a good man and a great goalie is teaching me much about who I am and what I believe in. I am also learning that being a parent is a dance. You have to let your children experience life, you have to stand back without swooping in, but most...

one week in

one week in

First week back to school is coming to an end and I feel great. I have learned that there is always more work and more work and more work to do. That part never seems to change. The important thing is to realize this and get to work at things when we can, and know how...

transition

transition

My eight session coaching with an amazing photographer is coming to an end today and I am amazed how much I have learned and continue to dream big. But I won’t like. Not having someone to talk to on a regular basis to ask this or that when things come up is a little...

math

math

I found myself in a conversation yesterday that made me realize how differently I think sometimes. The conversation was about education and what kids should and should not be learning. I suggested that the Jaques Maritain idea needs to be tried someday. The idea that...

back at it

back at it

And so it begins. Another school year. Another string of going to bed by nine o’clock and waking up while the rest of the country still sleeps. I think I am more excited than sad that summer has come and gone. It really has though. I blinked and I am sitting in the...

wonderful world

wonderful world

I saw a post on Instagram yesterday which made me think. The post was lovely, at first. It said that if you have a person in your life who is always there for you, even when you get distracted or ignore them. It said that if you are lucky enough to have a person like...

podcast

podcast

I may have signed up a little early for the Fellowship Podcast this summer, being unable to really devote any time to it, but as the photography rebranding is winding down a touch I have more time to focus on it. I have two ideas for a podcast that I will be...

it begins (again)

it begins (again)

It’s that time of year again. The school year is upon us and summer vacation behind us. It’s time to back to routine and the little things.  I am extremely lucky and grateful to have a career that affords me a great life and that I get to do something truly...

equity

equity

Tomorrow I return to work after a great and fruitful summer. I can’t believe how quickly time goes by and I can’t believe how often I find myself saying it as I get older. I got a few things accomplished this summer but it seems life throws things at you fast and...

the crazy weekend that was

the crazy weekend that was

I am writing this because I want to remember this weekend down the road. It started innocently enough. I packed up my silver Hyundai and headed to Burlington for a bodybuilding show to set up my tradeshow booth. I stopped in Scarborough first to meet some friends for...

earning it

earning it

There are no shortcuts in life. We just have to earn it. Sure, people learn how to cheat or find a seemingly good shortcut but there is a myriad of consequences that comes with all of that. Consequences that are unseen at that moment.  The best way to get to where we...

back at it

back at it

A little break is not always a bad thing provided of course you come back to whatever you were doing and don’t use that as an opportunity to stop altogether. I’m back at it. Yesterday was an interesting day. A great family outing for the whole day and we came home to...

independence

independence

I am at a goalie development camp all week with my son, except for Friday when I’m heading out for a Nascar race in Brooklyn, Michigan. The camp is for him but I am learning so much observing him and witnessing the struggles he faces. Most of all I have become aware...

you should time travel

you should time travel

I have learned how to time travel and so can you! It doesn’t require defying the laws of physics or going back to 1985 to save the future. All you need is a clear vision of who you want to be and the kind of life you want to live. You then need to find someone who is...

new week

new week

Hooray to a new week and thank God it’s Monday. I may be one of the few people that really loves Monday, mostly because I love to plan what really needs to get done this week. The more you plan, the more you’ll avoid rabbit holes that will take you away from your...

realists

realists

Negative people will tell you that they are not negative. They are only realists. You’re the airy fairy optimist who has it wrong and its only a matter of time before it all goes to shit. But an optimist knows that it never goes to shit. It can’t because life is a...

it gets done

it gets done

Don’t ask me how it gets done because all I know somehow, bit by bloody bit whatever needs to be done gets done. I had a very productive day yesterday. My wife was kind enough to take the kids to a Laser Tag experience in the afternoon and I had time to get to work. I...

happiness for all

happiness for all

It is important to remember that happiness is available to everyone. It is available at anytime, if we desire to embrace it.  We think we need a lot of money before we can be happy and content. Some us think that we need a lot of recognition and popularity for our...

rabbit hole

rabbit hole

I am becoming more and more aware of falling into the rabbit hole. I am unable to avoid all of them mind you. I set down to do this thing and next thing I know I am doing that thing and the original thing that needed to get doing doesn’t get done. But I am more aware...

missed

missed

I’m not sure how it happened but I missed doing my daily journal entry yesterday. I had full intention of writing one. I was even on my way to a coffee shop to get some work done, and than a friend texted me to get a coffee, and then I went over to my sons hockey...

mini book tour

mini book tour

I made a call to a local radio station a few months back inquiring about some opportunities for new authors to discuss their work and I learned about Word on the Hills. It is a show by Felicity Sidnell Redi and Gwynn Scheltema focussing on writers and books in my neck...

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

There are so many things I could write about today.  I have a radio interview Wednesday to discuss my Quintessential Quotables 1 book. I am still so unbelievably inspired by the great music I experienced on the weekend. Yesterday and today were spent cleaning up my...