I’ve never really cared what other people thought about me. Granted, I’ve cared what I thought about me too much at times, but never been overly concerned what you thought. My parents instilled a deep security and love as a child, and I’m doing my best to pass this along to my daughters. The truth is… though I fail a lot, I try to fall forward. It’s … Continue reading The Good Parent
When my daughter Katie was young she was either going to dress up for Career Day at school as “an Engineer or a Hobo”. That, friends, describes Katie perfectly. Every person is quiet singular and Katie even more so. My mom and dad had an entry sign for our home made by a friend at Christmas. It reads “This is us, our beautiful CHAOS” It’s … Continue reading Either an Engineer or a Hobo
We have a friend named Nasya, but don’t hold that against her. It’s pronounced nAs-e-ah and not nausea, though that’s extremely funny. Nas is one of those people that I call a catalyst. She has a fun energy about her that pulls people into her circle and makes life an adventure. Once in the Bert Theatre Lobby she saw a lovely introverted Nigerian lady from … Continue reading Nasya
Remember the ShamWow guy on TV? Our family does. Erin and I were laughing this morning about some of the funny things our girls have asked for at Christmas, and ShamWow is right up there with them. Back in the day before DVR we were only faced with a couple of terrible options when commercials came on: Continue watching them. Engage in meaningful conversation with … Continue reading A ShamWow Christmas
If humility is the opposite of pride, what is the opposite of anger? This Christmas season we could stretch the conversation to “peace on earth” or “acceptance” or other mild words, but I’m not a mild person and needed to define it in a way I could actually apply it. “Acceptance” to me sounds like “victim” and I hate thinking of myself that way so … Continue reading The Opposite of Anger
I think I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking that quiet people are humble and loud people are proud. We’re in a series at Venue called Bad Timing (aka the things we struggle with that throw our timing off) and the discussion at small group last night was about pride. We asked “What traits do you like best about humble people?” It was a great … Continue reading Humble AND Loud?
I’m experimenting with a theory right now… I think Canadians are 40% happier when the sun is out. Where did I come up with this number? In my head. Stats are for boring people and I’m not boring. 65% of people would agree with that. Ever notice when you drive to work that it’s easier to be down when it’s dull outside? I have. Now, … Continue reading Canadians need Sunshine