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  • July 2021

  • July 14, 2021

    Sometimes

    Sometimes… We need to stop the clock – …listen to our inner-spirit whisper – …breathe more deeply – …slip-into a healthier place – …allow ourselves some tranquility  + …re-balance our scales. Because those times are some of the best – and they fuel the rest. What’s your wellness check look like? I value you + your views, so let’s communicate! … Read More

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  • June 2021

  • June 6, 2021

    Win Wins

    We all have our habits, don’t we? One of mine is vacuuming. I love to vacuum. It’s work.  And it’s rather mundane.  But, I know when I rev that thing up, and start workin’ my floors –  …I’m going to see immediate results. The floors will look better. And I’ll feel better. Okay, it’s a bit OCD. But, it’s definitely … Read More

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  • May 2021

  • May 16, 2021

    The Whelk

    Have you ever noticed a small hole at the top of an oyster shell? Ever wonder how it got there? It’s actually created by the whelk – a wee ocean creature that uses an auger-like appendage to drill the hole. This hole makes it easier to suck the oyster through, bit by bit until the shell is vacant. So my … Read More

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  • April 2021

  • April 11, 2021

    Plugged In

    Every day, all day, we need to be plugged-in …to the right kind of power source. A source that can maintain us. With the force required to sustain us. Connectivity is vital. Because the right kind of connection can produce positive results. So it’s easy to plug being plugged-in. “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when … Read More

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  • March 2021

  • March 7, 2021

    Avoid or Embrace?

    Ahhh…the internal whisper. One we probably ‘hear’ more than we realise. Hey – we always have choices to make, right? But at the end of the day – choices come with consequences. So thinking about + visualising what waits on the other side of our choice – …will help us make a healthier decision about whether to avoid or embrace it. … Read More

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  • February 2021

  • February 7, 2021

    The Five W’s

    It can be so helpful to pause + think through the five w’s. That being… …the who, what, where, when + why’s of our lives. As in: Who empowers us? What influences our self-worth? Where does our confidence come from? When should we seek counsel and/or affirmation? Why do we need to consider these questions?! Because, knowing who we are … Read More

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  • January 2021

  • January 3, 2021

    Rise Up

    Regardless of how old you are or where you are – …there is something you’re called to do. Yep. The mission you’re being given has your name all over it. Right. Where. You. Are. So… “Maximize every opportunity to the fullest, and you will make the world a better place.” Bob Gass The world needs you. So rise up. Take … Read More

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  • December 2020

  • December 6, 2020

    Activity Addicts

    I’ve heard: “It’s easy to start fast and fade quickly.” It sure is. I know. I’ve done it. When one is addicted to being busy, it feels good because it feels productive. The truth is, many times the results don’t yield any thing that lasts, or is of worth. Activity addicts need their quick fix, but it’s brief, frenetic + … Read More

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  • November 2020

  • November 1, 2020

    Other-Centric

    We live in a me-centric age. Fact. (One wishes this wasn’t the case, but it is.) Being other-centric is alien to most of us. But, I think it’s critical that we order ourselves out of this me mindfulness – …and into an intentional state of other mindfulness. It’s a moral choice.  But one that’s worth making. When we choose to … Read More

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  • October 2020

  • October 4, 2020

    In The Overcoming

    ‘A problem not anticipated is a problem. A problem anticipated is an opportunity.’ I’m unsure who’s quote this is, but it’s brilliant. Problems are every where. They’re difficult, worrisome + unwelcome. And problems cause other problems. They’re always lurking around the corners of our lives. Argh… But they need to be anticipated, dealt-with and eventually overcome. This is where the … Read More

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  • September 2020

  • September 6, 2020

    Sufficient Thought

    I’m wondering out loud again. This time I’m musing about ‘thinking’, itself. I’m pondering whether or not we give sufficient thought to how we behave – …personally + professionally, …online + offline. It’s a question we might need to dwell on a bit. Do we really ‘think before we act’? Do we give adequate reasoning to what we’re contemplating. It’s … Read More

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  • July 2020

  • July 19, 2020

    Sunflower Reverence

    I just bet – …Cortona will be especially hot again this year. And its fields will be full-of “soldiers” lined-up in solidarity. Many will have lost their bright and beautiful Tuscan “smiles”. So they won’t be facing the sun in unfailing allegiance. Instead – they’ll be charred from the heat of their unrelenting life – …burnt-out where they’ve grown. Yet, … Read More

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  • July 5, 2020

    This Fire

    There is a blaze. A personal + professional fire. We can feel the flames. They’re all around us. It’s uncomfortable because we prefer cool comfort. But we’re all singed by it. If we’re not – something’s wrong. We need to feel the heat. Because, this fire – …this “furnace of affliction” – …can refine us + redefine us. How have … Read More

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  • May 2020

  • May 31, 2020

    A Hard Pivot

    Pivot: As in the verb.  To turn, rotate, revolve or spin. My point? In such a time as this, when change is not only likely, but necessary – …we just might need to pivot. It could be the perfect opportunity to change things up. Spin something new. Rotate in a different direction. Swivel into a new space. Revolve in order … Read More

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  • May 3, 2020

    Your Greatest Message

    Life is chock-full of adversity. And adversity can be messy. We get hit with a misfortune mallet and we wonder why? We realize we don’t have the answers – …so we go on a mental quest, of sorts. We seek out potential answers that speak directly to us and our circumstances. It helps us understand the mess. And it also … Read More

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  • April 2020

  • April 5, 2020

    A Beneficial Communion

    Our lives are enhanced when we live them “alongside” one another. But, the ‘self-quarantine’ + ‘shelter-in-place’ restrictions we’re experiencing now – …are a spanner in those works. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit us hard, quickly + unawares. And we’ve been forced to adapt. So, in order to fortify each other’s lives – …we’re going to have to lean-in + listen … Read More

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  • March 2020

  • March 1, 2020

    Vocare

    “Words breathe life into every thing.”  Bob Gass As you might have guessed by now – I love words. Words are a uniquely human way of communicating. And I’m all about it. Take the Latin word ‘vocare’. It means ‘calling’. And the word vocation comes from it. How apt. I believe we’re all called to a vocation of some kind. … Read More

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  • February 2020

  • February 9, 2020

    Let’s Get Engaged!

    Let’s spread the love and get engaged! In our communities and in our conversations. In our occupations and in our preoccupations. In our plans and in our plights. In our goals and in our endeavours. In our unique perspectives and in our contributions. Let’s get engaged in life! We are stronger together. Send a note of gratitude to the connections … Read More

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  • January 2020

  • January 5, 2020

    A 2020 Game Changer

    “Most folks are as happy as they make up their mind to be.” This is one of the truths Abraham Lincoln shared with us. And I agree. After all – the human mind is a powerful thing. It allows us to think ourselves into any state of being. Our mind is ours, we’re in control of it and we have … Read More

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  • December 2019

  • December 1, 2019

    The Waiting

    Life is all about activity of some kind. Even waiting is an activity, of sorts. So, what in your life are you waiting for? What do you think might come your way? What are you presuming will appear? What are you preparing to receive? And how do you hope to be affected by it? Though our days are draped in … Read More

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  • November 2019

  • November 3, 2019

    Take Heart

    Your… strengths abilities gifts skills + resources …all fuel your inner spirit and make your soul’s torch burn brighter. They bless others, activate your hope + help you stay encouraged. So does your personal, professional + familial support system. This means you can take heart : ‘That which led to triumphs past, will lead to triumphs future.’  D. A. Barnes … Read More

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  • October 2019

  • October 6, 2019

    The Almighty Ant

    One of the greatest examples of diligence is the almighty ant. Picture the ant carrying a bit of food that’s much too big a load for it’s back. Yet – even when the ant continually drops it, the ant picks it up, and carries on. Driven by hunger – the ant stays fixed on it’s destination. This hunger is the … Read More

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  • September 2019

  • September 8, 2019

    Don’t Choke It Stoke It

    You – …form ideas with it …create with it …visualise with it …and invent with it. It’s your imagination. Your own mind’s fascination, insight, resourcefulness + originality. And it can lead to inspirational initiatives. So don’t choke it – stoke it. What ideas are you stoking right now? I value you + your views, so let’s communicate!

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  • June 2019

  • June 2, 2019

    Pressing Pause

    “Stop the world I wanna get off!” You’ve no doubt heard the expression and can fully identify with it. After all, life is happening at breakneck speed and changing even faster. Keeping-up is getting to be quite a challenge. That’s why establishing a healthy rhythm is paramount to not only staying sane – …but to regulating a healthy state of … Read More

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  • May 2019

  • May 5, 2019

    Word Portraits

    I love words. They’re black, white, colourful and significant. They’re meant for communicating and we’re the only species to use them. (I certainly enjoy using them as a Voice Over Talent.) Words are used to share ideas and information of all kinds. Their exchange is such a basic necessity of life, ‘eh? And even though we’re not all artists – … Read More

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  • April 2019

  • April 7, 2019

    Your Door Post

    Allow me to use some poetic license. You are a “house”. I am a “house”. We can be a house of faith or a house of fear. One promotes trust + confidence. The other saps strength + weakens our resolve. So what’s written on the door post of your “house”? Faith or fear? ‘With faith any thing is possible.’  Mark … Read More

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  • March 2019

  • March 3, 2019

    Imaginative Dreaming

    “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”   Gloria Steinem I really dig inspirational quotes. The ones that grip your heart, stir your spirit, shift your gaze and stimulate your mind. And I particularly like the ones that are soul profitable. Oh, and the ones that encourage you … Read More

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  • February 2019

  • February 3, 2019

    Solution Focused 2019

    Who is ‘a thinker who focuses on the problem – … and tries to synthesize information and knowledge to achieve a solution’? Well, according to Google, it’s a Problem Solver. A Convergent Thinker, if you will. It’s any one who exercises his or her mind in order to reach a decision. So why am I banging on about this? Because … Read More

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  • January 2019

  • January 6, 2019

    2019 & You

    You are… a unique you an original creation a singular individual a one-of-a-kind a distinctive being a real one-off …and a once-in-a-lifetime you. So, glory in the only inestimable and uncommon YOU there is – …and slay 2019! So what are you going to make happen in 2019? I value you + your views, so let’s communicate! Note: Sunday #SideLines! … Read More

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  • December 2018

  • December 23, 2018

    The Right Side

    Don’t ‘cha wish we were all on the same side? The side of love + mercy – …tolerance + kindness    …fairness + compassion  …forgiveness + peace. It’s the best side. It’s the right side. And it’s the only side that counts. Every other side is sorely lacking. Every other side will pass away. Merry Christmas! and… Thank you so … Read More

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  • December 16, 2018

    Stradivari Wisdom

    Antonio Stradivari, the Italian luthier and crafter of string instruments – …was asked why he only used trees that had weathered the biggest storms to make his violins. He replied: “Weather-beaten wood makes the sweetest music.” Ahhh…what a response. What an arrow of wisdom. This quote shoots straight-into to the heart and mind of our understanding about perseverance. And so … Read More

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  • December 9, 2018

    Call It An Education

    Failure is an education. Even Thomas Edison knew that. He experienced countless failures on his journey to discovery. BUT – he refused to give up. He remained steadfast + determined. And his grit produced an illuminating revelation. He not only found-out what did and didn’t work – …he discovered the light bulb!  Name a failure that led to your success? … Read More

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  • December 2, 2018

    Chirpy Chums

    Call’em ‘chirpy chums’ or ‘rally cats’. Those virtual pals who post, tweet or e-mail their encouragement. They’re the ones that give you unsolicited strokes just for being you. They’re the kind of human beings who rush to be part of your cheering section – …because they can’t wait to applaud you. They stir-you-up + spur you on. And they always … Read More

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  • November 2018

  • November 22, 2018

    ThanksGivingGivingThanks

     “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”  St. Ambrose Truth. Feed others with your gratitude. And allow others to feed you with theirs. Enjoy your feast of gratitude today + every day! I’m ever so thankful for YOU.

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  • November 18, 2018

    Pooh & You

    Okay. In light of Disney’s nostalgic, movie reboot ‘Christopher Robin’ – …here’s a Sunday SideLines question for you. If others had to describe your personality – …using one of the main characters in A. A. Milne’s book: “The House at Pooh Corner” –  …which character would they liken you to? Winnie The Pooh: Friendly + Thoughtful Christopher Robin: Cheerful + … Read More

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  • November 11, 2018

    Unity = Community

    “We haven’t been called to compare, to compete, to complain, or to criticise one another. No, we’ve been called to complement one another!”  Bob Gass Ah yes…to complement one another. Not to be confused with tickling one another’s ears with compliments of praise – …but instead; to be another one that helps to make-up the whole.  One that aids in … Read More

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  • November 4, 2018

    Head Bubbles

    Have you ever thought about – …what the invisible “bubbles” over our head read like? What does our facial grammar say? What do our actions convey? What does our body language express? Can people actually ‘read’ the unspoken asides we wish we could blurt out? Does our non-verbal behaviour speak a thousand words? It’s an interesting topic to consider. Do … Read More

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  • October 2018

  • October 28, 2018

    The Examined Life

    Who would have thought in 466 BCE, a Greek philosopher named Socrates would muse:  “The unexamined life is not worth living.” How poignant. How true. How timely. How relevant. Self-reflection helps us assess our behaviours. Because when we examine our condition and scan who we are – we can review what we lack. We can “check ourselves before we wreck … Read More

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  • October 21, 2018

    Changing Up

    In this one precious life of ours – …change is inevitable. And one hopes that this change involves character-building change. It’s a slow process, ‘eh? And most would agree it takes a lifetime. A lifetime of change, or changing-up – as I like to say. But, one well-known leadership expert believes:  ‘We shouldn’t just change enough to get away from … Read More

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  • October 14, 2018

    To Beam or Not To Beam

    It isn’t difficult. It doesn’t hurt. It’s kind. And it’s free. It also communicates positivity. Some say it’s downright medicinal. What is it? It’s a smile. And it’s one of our best personal features. Ahh…to beam or not to beam. That’s the question. Click-in! Newton Faulkner – ‘People Should Smile More’ Share something that makes you smile? I value you + … Read More

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  • October 7, 2018

    Pettifoggs

    Pettifoggs. How curious! I first thought this word described a bunch of gloomy little creatures. Hobbit inhabitants, I guessed. Dark, thick, bleak, fearsome little souls, maybe? No. The word is not a noun. It’s a verb, used without object. You see, when one pettifoggs (or is pettifogging) – …one bickers or quibbles over trifles or unimportant matters. One carries on … Read More

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  • September 2018

  • September 30, 2018

    Bullets or Seeds?

     I was struck by the meaningful words of the Former U.S. Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson. “You can offer your ideas to people as bullets or as seeds. You can shoot them or sow them. Ideas used as bullets kill inspiration and motivation. Ideas used as seeds take root, grow, and bear fruit in the life in which they are planted.” … Read More

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  • September 23, 2018

    Obstacles

    Yep – obstacles. You know – those things that block our way or prevent our progress? Every thing seems fine and BAM! There’s an impediment we didn’t plan for. Argh… Life is full of them because they’re an inevitable part of our journey. And though these barriers frustrate us, they don’t have to deter us. Because the moment we spot … Read More

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  • September 16, 2018

    New Eyes

    Sometimes it would behoove us + improve us to have ‘new eyes’. New eyes? Yes. Creative eyes. Thinking outside the box eyes. Reimagining life eyes. Marcel Proust understood this. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Eyes to see thing’s uniquely. Eye’s to envision what can be. Eye’s to discover what … Read More

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  • May 2018

  • May 13, 2018

    The 10/90

    Chuck Swindoll’s convinced that – “…life is 10 per cent what happens to us and 90 per cent how we react to it.” I couldn’t agree more.  We are responsible for our own attitudes and our own responses.  And we have these choices 24/7. Why? Because we get to decide how we’ll react to each and every circumstance. We also … Read More

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  • May 6, 2018

    Roundabout Options

    I discovered roundabouts when I moved to England. They were a curious thing to me at first – but over time, I grew to appreciate them. What appealed to me most, was that once you were safely inside them – …you had options. The key was to be suitably prepared as you approached them. Because once you knew where you … Read More

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  • April 2018

  • April 29, 2018

    Prayed Up!

    We get.. Swept-up, Geared-up, Hooked-up and Shown-up Tripped-up, Picked-up, Backed-up and Held-up Hurried-up, Wound-up, Shook-up and Fed-up Rounded-up, Doubled-up, Fastened-up and Pushed-up Shaken-up, Laid-up, Fixed-up and Swallowed-up Dolled-up, Paired-up, Sweetened-up and Puffed-up But when do we get prayed-up? We can’t let-up …until we’re prayed-up! What do you need to get prayed-up about? I value you + your views, so let’s … Read More

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  • April 22, 2018

    Flip The Switch!

    What are you waiting to begin? What do you want to set in motion? What will you need to make happen? What could you get rolling? If you want to achieve something – …get cracking and flip the switch. You have a mission to accomplish. And it’s now or never! What’s the mission on your mind? I value you + … Read More

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  • April 8, 2018

    Internal Motivation

    I wonder. Do we ever take notice of our internal (or intrinsic) motivation? You know – …the stuff we enjoy doing for ourselves. (The vital activities that keep us sharp, happy and self-satisfied.) Whether it’s planting, painting, sailing, or singing – …doing various things that we enjoy, is a positive activity that will enhance our lives. And any thing that … Read More

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  • March 2018

  • March 25, 2018

    Living In The Flow

    Though the sound of “in the flow” does something to our senses – …it’s actually considered a very real state of BEing. Apparently, athletes believe their ‘flow’ is: “being in the zone”. It evokes a calm, peaceful feeling and is considered the psychology of happiness.  People that recognise this associate it with pleasurable work and/or activities. So, I like to … Read More

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