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Needing Variety to Survive

Despair can be created when you sit on the sidelines and watch life go by.  This despair is grown from a lack of motivation.  The study of human psychology teaches us that all human motivation can be as a desire to meet one or more of our six primary human needs.  If one or more of these primary human needs are removed from your life then despair will naturally fill it’s spot.

 The six primary human needs are:

  1. Certainty
  2. Variety
  3. Significance
  4. Connection & Love
  5. Growth
  6. Contribution

Today’s blog is on variety with a focus on variety in emotions.    

Variety is the need for stimulus and change.  Our human nervous system needs variety to survive.  Without variety the nervous system will slowly deteriorate, become numb, rot and die.  

The variety that we require comes in many forms.  Variety in relationships.  In experiences, challenges and knowledge.  Where you work or play also requires variety.  Without new challenges in your workplace your job will lack the stimulus required for you to survive in some way.

One of the powerful parts of our human make-up, or our nervous system, is our emotions.  Our emotional state is healthy only when we have variety within it.  We need to be sad to appreciate happiness.  We need to be happy to understand what sadness is.  Sometimes we need to get angry to achieve certainty.  Other times we need to be alone to value connection and love.  

These are basic emotions that we all need to experience.  Sometimes we experience them at a high pace like a pendulum swinging back and forth and back and forth.  One minute we are sad, then frustrated, then depressed then angry, then lonely then in love, not understood then pissed off.  And so on and so on.  Of course to much of a good thing, no matter what it is, is not always a good thing.  Some stability in our emotions is required – balance is the goal.

When asked the question – ‘What sort of continuous emotional state is of the most concern?’ – the majority of people will respond that a state of sadness or depression is the most serious.  Sadness or depression can become a severe problem when there is no variety in the emotion that will lead to happiness.  We see this often when someone looses a close loved one.  Nothing can be more devastating than the death of someone you love.  After all one of the basic human needs is that of love and death physically ends that love.  The spiritual, physical and emotional love that you receive from that person ends in that moment and it’s permanent.  Not being loved though does not have to end at that moment.

Another emotional state that is also of concern is one where the person continuous state of joy or happiness.  Expression of continuous joy and happiness without variety is almost non-human.  It does not reflect the true need of variety in our lives.  How one chooses to express themselves is of course their choice.  One of the happiest people of our age was Robin Williams, at least that is what we all thought.  That’s what he wanted us to believe.  

Sincerity in the personal expression of your own emotions is being true to yourself.  The one person of most importance to you should be you.  Sincerity of this nature will provide you with certainty.  Honesty to yourself regarding your own emotions will also allow others to bond with you in a significant way, in a sincere way, in a lasting way.  This sincerity will most likely lead to another of the basic human needs and that is connection and love.  Love for most people is the most important basic human need.  Love is needed from the time we are in the womb to the time we are in the tomb.  All progress begins with honesty.  Honesty of your emotions and the variety that needs to exist within them is a basic human need.  A basic human need that connects to all other needs.

So the next time you are at the edge of a mountain.  Sitting on your butt in the cold snow.  With a snowboard strapped to your feet.  Don’t lie to yourself that you are not concerned at all with what is over the edge of that cliff – that’s just plain stupid!  Stupidity gets us in trouble.  True expression of your emotions will keep you whole.  Tell yourself the truth and express the emotions that are attached to that truth.  

Don’t let fear keep you on the sidelines.  Approach whatever your fear is with honesty and a commitment to overcome it. Then slowly get off your butt, engage the capabilities that you possess and hang on tight for one hell of a ride!              


Whenever the pressure kicks in, I’ve been able to perform. That’s an athlete’s dream. It all makes me want to try harder and do better!

— Mark McMorris – World Champion Snowboarder



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Jesus Christ the Most Famous Non-Conformist?


Rules, Rules Rules.  How tired do you get of hearing someone tell you the rule for this is this and the rule for that is that.  Governments are always making new rules.  There’s even new rules on how much pot you can own without breaking the rules.  Do you ever just get tired of the rules?

Or are you the good little sheep that follows the shepherd and does exactly as he says.  Drink this water, eat grass over here, NO, not there, over here.  If you don’t listen to the shepherd, he sends a dog out to nip at your heals until you give in and run back in the direction that the shepherd told his good little sheep to run.  Is it always safest to stick with the herd, or flock in this case, and make sure you listen to the rules of the shepherd? 

There’s even rules when you spend your hard earned money on an airplane ticket so that you can get home to your family and your business.  But the airline company can take that away from you because they have a rule.  And when you don’t get off the plane, they can send in their dogs to nip you in the heal, or beat you up, and haul you off the plane.  And it’s their so called “rule”, so they are right and you are wrong.  

Don’t be a NON-CONFORMIST. Stick with the rules and you will do just fine son.  Don’t turn left when the world goes right.  Don’t sail the ocean blue because you will fall off the edge.  Don’t think you’re ‘Wright’ and want to fly like the birds.  Don’t create an assembly line and create efficiency in the building of automobiles so that everyone can ‘afFord’ to drive one.  And don’t create a website that people can put their faces on and socialize with people that they don’t want to pick up the phone and call.  

How about the most famous non-conformist of all time – Jesus Christ.  Even if you are a non-believer, you probably heard of the guy.  He’s the one that came into the world to save sinners like you and I.  He’s the one that turned water into wine (I like wine) and told us that the bread represented the body of Christ.  He’s the one that taught love and respect through the use of parables or stories to allow us to learn in a way that was never heard of in his day.  At that point in humanity, people were taught to listen or be beheaded.  If you were daring enough to want to use your own head, the emperor’s dogs would take it from you.  Conform to what your emperor tells you, or you will be dealt with as an example to others who might think of being a non-conformist.  

Yet there was this one, unarmed, loving, hippy kind of guy going from village to village talking about the love of his Father.  Talking about how each of us was created in the vision of his Father.  Each of us bringing something special to his kingdom.  Each in our own unique and special way.  To utilize the gifts that have been given to us in the most genuine and special ways we can.  

The Easter story tells us that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and he rose on Easter Sunday.  Easter is the most important celebration within the Christian calendar.  The resurrection story is what all is based upon.  A few thousand years later, Christians celebrate this very important time.  The resurrection provides evidence to believers that, if you live a life that follows Jesus Christ, you to will some day live eternally.

So when did the beliefs and lifestyle of the most famous non-conformist of all time become so structured.  Humans got in the way.  Organized religion, of all kinds, have written rule books on how their followers, the sheep, are to respond to the leader of the religious right.  Jesus taught us to think freely.  To believe in the greater powers of his Father.  Not to fear his Father, but to love him.  Not to be fearful of doing wrong, but to admit when we have wronged, ask for forgiveness and then move on and not do the wrong again.  He also taught us to accept and forgive.  Forgiving is not easy when the hurt is deep, but forgiveness is necessary for the hurt to heal.  

Non-conformity moves ahead while the righteous make rules to control and limit the growth of individuals.  

As you celebrate this Easter season, ask yourself a question, “if I was Jesus, what would I do to step away from the herd to create greatness for myself, or my family, or my community or my ‘whatever’ is important to me.”    


      

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Disgust is a Powerful Motivator


Disgust is a Powerful Motivator

Have you ever had one of those ‘look in the mirror moments’ and became disgusted with what you see?  Maybe it’s not an actual mirror. Maybe it happens in a moment of deep thought.  A moment when you realize something isn’t the way it should be.  Or during some physical activity when you realize you can’t do something that you used to be able to do when you were younger and in better shape.  Maybe it’s a realization that your job, or career path, no longer brings you the punch it used to.  Maybe it’s a relationship that you’ve had with an old friend or a spouse that is not heading in the direction that it needs to in order to be successful.  Or maybe it really is that image that you see when you step out of the shower and look in the mirror and wonder what the heck happened to you.

When one of these moments of disgust or profound disapproval happens – what do you do?  Does it bring you down?  Does it make you reach for another beer to further enhance that beer belly that you have worked so hard at developing over the past number of years?  Do you just say screw it and head down the same road in the same vehicle and park in the same parking spot you have used for the past 20 years.  Then sit at the same cubicle for eight hours and then drive home on the same roadway.  Then when you get home you put up with the relationship that continues to head in the wrong direction.  Doesn’t a continuation of this performance pretty much guarantee that the results will be the same?  Results that will continue to provide you with additional disgust.

In the investment world we often see the phrase ‘past performance is not indicative of future results’.  That is in the investment world.  In your world, the real world that we all live in – past performance is totally indicative of future results.  If you are disgusted and not make changes to your own ‘personal portfolio’ – the portfolio that makes you you – then the disgust of the future will not all of a sudden disappear.  It doesn’t matter how many times you tell the universe to make it go away!  It doesn’t work that way.  

One other term that is used in the investment world is compound interest.  Compound interest is the growth that happens on your investment growth.  The compounding effect is like a snowball that you make by hand at the top of the hill.  Then you roll the snowball down the hill and allow the force of gravity to do what it does.  In the right conditions that snowball will grow with each revolution as it rolls.  You don’t add any more snow to the ball it just grows on it’s own.  And with each revolution the snowball gets bigger and as it gets bigger with each revolution the snowball grows larger and larger, you get the picture right!  If you don’t go find some snow and a hill and try it out.  

Well the same thing happens in life.  If you envision the disgust that you are experiencing as a snowball at the top of the hill.  Then let it go and not do anything about it the disgust begins to compound.  It gets larger and larger.  Just like your beer belly!  Or whatever else is disgusting you.  And with each revolution the disgust grows and grows.

So how do you stop the compounding effect of disgust.  Well it doesn’t happen over night.  It may have taken you several years to get to the point of disgust that you are at.  Whatever the disgust may be.  

As the title of this blog states – disgust is a powerful motivator – you can either let it motivate you with a greater compounding of that disgust. Or you can decide to allow it to motivate you in a positive way.  Remember choosing between either positive motivation or negative motivation is a choice that you make, no one makes it for you.  Only the dude looking back at you in the mirror can choose. 

It takes courage to choose to allow disgust to motivate you in a positive way.  Building that courage is huge.  Sometimes though the really challenging part is making that commitment to yourself.  Then the really tough part is sticking with that commitment.  After all – you’ve probably been very successful in the past with breaking that commitment to yourself.  Who would know if you break the commitment to yourself.  As long as you quit looking in that mirror it won’t matter anyway.  It’s looking in that stupid mirror that got you disgusted in the first place!  

The good old stick your head in the sand and watch this beautiful gift of life that has been given to you pass you by.  What a waste.  Could you imagine getting to the Pearly Gates and all you could say upon checking in was – ‘Hey by the way St. Peter – say thanks to God for me for the life that I was given but just wasted’.  Bet that would get you far!  You might be even more disgusted when St. Peter sends you in the other direction.  

When you make that commitment to yourself stick with it.  Even if you have to try several times before you finally pull your head out of the sand, or wherever else you have it shoved.  Allowing disgust to motivate you in a positive way may be like trying to push that snowball up that hill again.  It may not be easy.  In fact the more disgusting it is the tougher it will be to push.  But with each push and with each revolution of that snowball up that hill it does get easier to push.  And as it gets easier to push the progress gets quicker.  

Develop the capabilities that are required for you to succeed with your commitment.  If it’s a new waste line change your eating habits first, then add more physical movement to your day.  Allot of people do the opposite, they go work out hard and then have beer and pizza to celebrate.  The intake is more important than the out-took.  

If it’s a new job or career what will it take for you to do it.  Do you have to grow your knowledge in a different field?  Or maybe you just need to grow your knowledge in the field that you are in.  

If it’s a relationship that is is bringing you disgust then decide if the intake is perhaps greater than the out-took and if it is then make changes.

If you need help work with a personal coach.  Personal coaches exist in all areas of life – not just the gym.  Find one that is qualified and that you can really connect with.  Whatever it takes allow the positive motivation of disgust to move you towards creating a game plan and make the changes to remove that disgust from your life.  And the results will become gratifying to the dude in the mirror.

As those results become more gratifying your confidence will grow.  The disgust that you experienced will be replaced with confidence.  The confidence of achievement.  And the confidence of learning that the disgust that you have been experiencing in the past has helped you grow into the strong and successful person of the today.  

Be Grateful for experiencing that disgust.  And also be Grateful for taking action in a positive manner to remove it from your life.  So that when you arrive at those Pearly Gates you can tell St. Peter that you need to have a meeting with God so that you can fill him in with how you fulfilled the life that was given to you. 


Disgust is the result of extreme dissatisfaction – use that dissatisfaction to light a fire within and turn that dissatisfaction into satisfaction.

— Dwayne Fedoriuk


 

 

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The Burden of Darkness

There are some secrets we try not to share because they hurt too much or perhaps are too embarrassing.  Painful memories that cause hurt deep within creates a darkness in our lives that can create a need to strike out at the ones closest to us.  This reaction to those that are closest to you is not to cause pain in their lives, but to keep them from feeling the pain within yours.  Allowing them to become to close may somehow burden them with the darkness that you suffer.

But when the darkness reaches the deepest of darkness, the only way to find our way to the light again is to ask.  Asking for help to gain light though shows our weakness, a weakness that causes embarrassment.  Embarrassment will only cause more pain and more darkness, at least that is what is believed. The reality is that without help the darkness get darker and the pain gets deeper.  

Help can be received by asking, but help can also be received by guiding.  Guiding those that you care about that are in a world of darkness in a way that does not cause embarrassment.  It takes awareness by others, by yourself, of situations to know when that help is required.  An awareness that comes when you take time to sincerely pay attention to others.  An awareness of when the darkness hits hardest.  An awareness of when the ‘monsters’ in the other persons head are silently screaming the loudest, and causing the most darkness.  

At the time when you love yourself the least – reach out to someone you love the most…the courage it takes to do this will be great…but the love they return will give you strength…the strength you need to overcome the monsters in your head.

The ‘Let’s Talk’ Campaign is bringing awareness and open discussion to depression.  It is making positive progress in defeating the stigma that has been around too long.  It’s great to see the role that so many famous Canadians have taken in defeating the stigma and bringing awareness to this problem.  Olympian Clara Hughes has lead the charge.  She is winning a gold medal every time she speaks on the topic of depression. The website http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/ provides information and guidance on this topic.  

Let’s all work together to defeat the monsters.  And create a healthier and happier society. 


Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength. while loving someone gives you courage

— Lao Tzu
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Are you Living Your Life Exactly as Planned?


If you are living your life exactly as planned then you’re probably pretty boring!  In fact you’re probably a Chicken!

Ya I know you’re supposed to set goals and measure your progress and all that – but every once in a while you just have to stop being so darn boring – and live on the edge!

  • If your great passion in life is to live your life on a cautious path that will more or less just work out – does that get the most out of your life?  
  • If you have never experienced failure does that mean your life has been a success?  Aren’t failures and setbacks how we grow?
  • Don’t we learn to walk by falling down a bunch of times?  
  • Wrapping ourselves in bubble wrap and tip toeing our way across the finish line – is that how we succeed in life?  

As parents what are we teaching our children when we say ‘just go out there and have fun and you will get a beautiful participation ribbon no matter what the results are’!  I’m all for doing stuff for the fun.  In fact I believe we should try hard to only do things that we enjoy most of the time.  But why do you need a participation ribbon for having fun?  Isn’t having fun fun enough?  Kind of seems like all we are doing is encouraging mediocrity in that formula.  Are we teaching a lack of appreciation which results in a lack of understanding of the true meaning of Gratitude.  Does it teach that the only way we can appreciate something is if someone gives us a ribbon.  Doesn’t having a misunderstanding of the true meaning of Gratitude result in a life that is no fun.  Always wanting more but never being Grateful for what you have achieved because you never got another ribbon.  Does the ribbon attempt to fill the void that is left as a result of the lack of Gratitude for what is meaningful.  The meaning of fun.  The meaning of success.  

If you are not applying yourself to your maximum God given talent.  If you are not trying to excel at whatever you are Blessed with.  Then that expresses a lack of Gratitude for the life that you have been given.  If you aren’t truly Grateful for the life that you are given how can you possibly be grateful for things of less importance than your own life, or in other peoples lives.  Or other people’s possessions.  Things that are less important than your own life is pretty much everything else that evolves around your life.  We should be encouraging Gratitude, not taking it away.    

You are lying to yourself if you are not becoming the best possible you that you should be. Being the best you that you should be is what is expected from you when you were put on this earth.  The initial expectation was never any less than that.  Why would you allow that expectation to change?

Stop being a chicken and start experiencing new things.  The first step is to make a commitment.  Commit to something that you have never done before.  Commit to something that someone else has done, or is doing, and you always wished that was you.  Stop the excuses like ‘I don’t know enough about it’ or ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I can’t afford it’ or the worst excuse ever ‘I don’t have the time’.  The unfortunate fact is you don’t have the time not to experience life to the fullest.

If you live each day with fear in it then at some point you end the day where you began the start of the day – back in bed with your covers pulled up over your head.    

Life is supposed to be a continuous hurdle race.  The steps you take after each hurdle prepares you for the next hurdle.  The difference between life and a hurdle race is that the distance between each hurdle and the height of each hurdle varies, unlike in a race.  And we are each running a different length of race.  

Is it best to stop and whine or take self-pity on ourselves every time we knock down a hurdle. Does that give us the momentum to make it over the next hurdle?  Of course not.  It does the complete opposite.  Instead you get stopped in your tracks and hurry back to the start line so you can watch the others finish with their arms in the air.  And as you stand there you wonder why you didn’t get a ribbon.   

This does not mean that you run through life in reckless abandonment.  It means that you continuously challenging yourself to grow your well-being, your knowledge and your financial successes.  Overcoming hurdles in each of these three areas of your life will reward you with a life that is a success.  Success in the way that you measure it.  The success that your life was meant to have.  

Stop living your life exactly as planned.  Stop flapping your wings and back peddling every time you come close to the next hurdle.  Stop continually circling back to the start line because you were too chicken to jump the next hurdle.

Stop living your life exactly as planned.

And rest assured – your life will not be boring! 


Whatever we are doing in life we are giving our life for it – Life is extraordinary – make your investment in it extraordinary – Lee Brower

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What’s in your jar?

With Valentine’s day behind us by a couple weeks I am assuming that the roses are no longer red and the violets are no longer blue.  And the box of chocolates from the pretty heart shaped box are showing their love by the extra notch we now need in our belts.  Maybe that’s how the body part above the belt got the name ‘Love Handles’.  

Valentines after all is ‘the’ day to express your love.  Usually by spending money on things that don’t last too long.  Unfortunately, all too often it seems like it’s ‘thee’ only day some people take a moment to express their love.  

This past week I asked a close personal friend of mine a question.  The question was – what color of rose and how many roses does it take to tell someone that you love them.  Without a moments thought she replied ‘NONE’!  She continued to say that ‘roses are a nice gesture, almost everyone loves getting roses, but the real way to express your love is how you give of yourself, not how many roses you give, or what color they are’.  

She also jokingly said ‘besides her favorite flower is Orchids, not roses’!  At least that’s what I think she said, like a typical man I don’t always hear what someone else is saying!

The definition of love is an intense feeling of deep affection.  If your intense feeling of affection for someone is real, then the reality is the roses must be given everyday.  The roses in this case are not of the flower kind – but of the gesture kind.  It’s the way in which you treat those you love.  The priority that you place on those that you love compared to the things you may or may not love.  Things like work, chores or day to day life.  Sometimes life does get in the way of truly expressing your love on a daily basis.  We’ve all been guilty of this.  But this really shouldn’t be.  Making time for the expression of love shouldn’t be an exercise that you have to go through each day.  You shouldn’t have to place a booking in your smart phone calendar with a fancy reminder sound so that you don’t forget to follow up on that love thing!     

This past week I was staying in a motel room in a small Saskatchewan town.  It was the standard highway motel with a bathroom, a place to hang a few clothes and an old cube television.  Like most it had a space heater because the old boiler doesn’t always keep up with the heat demands of a cold prairie evening. And most grateful as always a clean bed!  This room, like most, was big enough to turn around in without bumping my elbows on anything. Definitely not the Hilton, but really it is everything a person needs for a night away from home. 

In the corner of the room sat a jar with some rocks and some ugly plastic roses in it.  Placed as a decoration or an ornament at one point in time and probably never thought of much since. The picture attached to this blog shows their ‘beauty’!  I didn’t even notice it the evening that I got there.    It was the next morning when I was doing my headspace exercise that they caught my eye and reminded me of an old story … the story goes something like this.

Imagine your life as a jar.  It begins empty and as we grow we add different experiences to our jar of life.  Those experiences will also include relationships.  And each of those experiences and relationships affect each other and they affect our jar.  

Now think about your relationships in a way that they are either big rocks, medium sized rocks, small rocks or pebbles.  You need to decide for yourself, but I would hope that those closest to you, your spouse, children, parents are the big rocks.  And then as the relationships get more distant they slowly become smaller rocks and then pebbles.  

The difficulty we humans have is that we spend too much time filling our jar of life with things other than rocks.  ‘Things’ like our jobs or professions, our chores, the demands we artificially put on ourselves, those expectations of all the so called really important things in our life.  Take a moment to think about those things in your life that get in the way of the gesture of love to the rocks in your life.  You know what they are.  Let’s imagine that those ‘things’ are sand.

Where we tend to run into trouble is we fill our jars of life with sand and then we try to squeeze our rocks into it.  And if the rock doesn’t fit we try to grind through the sand to make room for the rock.  Then in time the sand pushes the rock out of the way. Perhaps because there was no room for the big rock in the first place, or maybe you kept adding more sand.  Even though there was no more room for the big rock.  

And you keep doing that over and over and over, until the rock is tired of being pushed out of your jar by your sand and the rock finds another jar.  If the big rock was your child, maybe they begin hanging out with jars you don’t like, jars that lead them down the wrong path in life.  If the big rock that gets pushed out is your spouse – well you know you won’t like the jar that replaces your’s.  Of course none of this should concern you, after all now you have more room in your jar for more sand, just what you wanted – right?  

Let’s take this one step further.  The sand is extremely abrasive and after a while the sand will grind your jar thin.  It starts slowly but as it continues to grind your jar gets thinner and thinner until a grain of sand is able to pass through your jar through a hole.  Then two grains and then three grains.  Let’s imagine the hole in you jar as illness.  Or maybe old age.  Or some other time of importance in your life.  

Let’s say that the sand is your job.  And you become ill to the point where your jar can no longer hold the sand and the result is that you loose that job.  Or maybe you become the old man in a rocking chair that no one comes to visit.  Or the old lady in the kitchen always waiting for her children to come home for Sunday supper, the Sunday supper she never had time for while those rocks were in her jar.  

As the sand is emptying from your jar you realize that there are no rocks in you jar.  It’s not because they didn’t want to be there – it’s because you never made room for them.  And now they have another jar.  

Perhaps the best gesture of love that we can make is to place what is important to you in the jar first.  There should always be room for the big rocks.  Then there will be room for the small rocks.  And for the pebbles.  And the sand will always fit around the rocks, there is always room for the sand.  But there isn’t always room for the rocks.

And now let’s imagine that you are the rose in this picture … and maybe, just maybe – as the rose gets older and is not as vibrant anymore the rocks will still be with the rose, long after the sand is gone.  

        

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Are You Growing Among Trees or Mushrooms?

As human beings we all want strong relationships.  Relationships that grow over time with people that we can become close to.  Those that we are close to become our ‘community’. People within that community may consist of your parents, your spouse, your children, your friends and your business relationships.  

Similar in some ways to the prehistoric days when humans had to develop packs to be strong to fight and survive.  In modern days belonging to a strong community, or pack, allows us to live longer.  We become healthier if our community grows our happiness.  We grow stronger and live longer when our communities bring us happiness. 

Your community is where you find strength in bonding with others.  A strong community will allow you to grow your knowledge of your profession, or of your well-being.  Your overall life will be better and the end result will likely also be a higher financial worth. 

Your community will be there to support you when you well-being is being brought down as a result of illness or perhaps of a death of someone within your community.  

Your community will also be there to celebrate with you when you achieve new successes.  When you’ve worked hard and studied hard to complete a challenge in your life.  A challenge like attaining a higher level of education.  Moving up in your profession.  Entering into a life long relationship.  Or the amazing fulfillment of becoming a parent.  Having a community to celebrate the successes in our life are a key part of desire to grow and achieve new wins.  It’s no fun to party alone!  

Do the communities that you belong to bring you happiness.  Do they grow your well-being, or do they decrease it.  If the goal of belonging to a community is to bring you strength, does it?  If it doesn’t then is it a community to belong to?  The outcome of wallowing within a community that is not bringing you the positive results that you are looking for will always result in a ‘you’ that cannot grow.  Moving on though is scary, especially when you’ve belonged to that community for a long time, maybe even your whole life.

 In order for a tree to grow it needs the sun to shine – mushrooms need darkness.  Trees live for a long time – mushrooms only survive for a few days.  Do you want your life to be a life of a mushroom?  Or that of a tree?  

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The World of Bloggin

Social media and the power of bloggin!  I was born in 1966.  I was adopted by my loving parents and I was very fortunate to be able to grow up on a small farm, near a small town on the Canadian prairies called Bankend.  You probably never heard of Bankend!  I went to school in Wishart.  OK you probably never heard of Wishart either!  That’s OK.  At the time I thought Wishart was the center of the world – at least the sign at the edge of town told us that ‘Welcome to Wishart – Center of the World’!  

Anyway back to the point of Bloggin.  Back in the day, pre-bloggers-ville, if you wanted to get something out to the community all you had to do was stop by the local coffee shop or pool hall and let one or two key town criers, also known as gossipers, know about the info you wanted to share, and amazingly the word spread across town before you could ask for a second cup of coffee.  

Modern day bloggin allows you to share your thoughts with a click of a button.  To whoever cares to read your blog.  And it’s all done with a tap of the mouse.  And you don’t even have to pay for coffee!  Pretty amazing.

So this is my first Blog as the Sage Gen-Exer!  I hope to become an expert at this bloggin thing. And I hope you enjoy what I want to share!