The greatest gift I have ever been given is the ability to read. It is Teacher Appreciation Week here in the US, and every time it rolls around, I give quiet thanks to Miss Meldrum, my grade 1 teacher at Sandown Primary …

If You Can Read This, Thank the Teacher Who Taught You! Read More »

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As we enter our who-knows-what-number week, I’ve noticed the world falling into clear groups. There are the highly motivated people who started brand new businesses with nothing more than an Instagram account and a tube of lipstick—and will shortly list on the …

Remember When You Said You Didn’t Have Time to Create a New Habit? Now You Do! Read More »

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Over the course of my life, I have learned that one of the most important skills is resilience. I use the word skill intentionally as I believe resilience is learned; we are not born with it. I also know—from my own challenging …

Life Is Forcing Us to Adapt, and We Will Build Resilience and Emerge Stronger. Read More »

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We must not go back-to-normal, because normal wasn’t working. I have no idea who said this, but it sums up how I plan to respond to these difficult times. As the #stayhome days mount up, one phrase keeps bouncing around the …

This Is Our Opportunity to Imagine How the World Could Look. Read More »

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Listening, genuinely listening to someone is a difficult skill. Our olden-day world (IE: 4 weeks ago!) was perfectly constructed to ensure we never really had to listen to anybody. From the time we woke until we slept, we packed our …

Having the Time to Listen Is the Real Treasure in These Difficult Days. Read More »

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There is a saying that all work is honorable; whether you are the maid or the mayor, the governor or the gardener, the work you do, the service you provide, has honor. But, somewhere along the way, we forgot all …

Now, Who Is Essential? Read More »

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There is not a corner of this earth that isn’t profoundly affected by the virus. My nephew and his wife live and work at a luxury safari lodge deep in South Africa. {Instagram: matt_fly} Nothing but veld and stunning wild animals surround …

We Are One Tribe. Read More »

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If you listen to anyone who is experiencing a terrible situation (tornado, serious illness, job loss) any my-life-went-off-a-cliff moment, you will notice how often they say, I just wish, or, I just want… Suddenly, the tiniest, taken-for-granted things become the most important. Trauma concentrates …

Covid-19 and Living in the Time of… I Just. Read More »

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Last week I heard a quote: If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. I wanted to leap up and applaud. Although I had never heard that saying by Dr. W. Dyer, it encapsulates precisely …

Changing Your Viewpoint Can Make You Happier! Read More »

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It had been years since I’d seen my South African family. As we sat around my parent’s dinner table, we took our usual stroll down memory lane—more like a hike of the entire province. Later that night, a thought struck …

Stop Buying Stuff and Start Doing Stuff. Read More »

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