From assumptions to fear

There's a topic I just don't seem to be able to escape lately; fear. Fear keeps showing up with my customers, in the podcasts I'm listening to, and in my own life as well. It's also the topic of a conference session I'm leading tomorrow. Is fear stalking me? Last week...

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What are you assuming?

Earlier this year my wife, Rosie, left a career she'd been building for 31+ years. She was an engineering supervisor and, by all accounts, very good at what she did. The job had become very stressful, and she chose to live her life on her terms over continuing with...

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How are you living?

I was listening to CBC radio while driving somewhere and heard an interview on a show titled White Coat Black Art. It is the story of a Canadian by the name of Catherine Wreford-Ledlow, who is living with a deadly form of brain cancer. You can listen to the interview...

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Paddling into the waves

I wrote this in my journal while on vacation: This morning I am sitting outside the trailer, looking out over Cedar Lake. It is a beautiful morning with a high cloud cover and strong winds blowing up the lake. Today we are planning on paddling up the lake to explore...

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Reflections of life

How often do you take time to reflect? Time to just sit and think about where you’ve been, and where you think you might be going. In July, I spent three weeks off the grid with Rosie, sitting with various thoughts about my life and my work. I wasn’t out to find any...

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Rocks & Mortar

Have you ever put together a fireplace mantle of river rock & mortar? Until yesterday I would have said no as well. Rosie and I have been doing some minor renovations in the basement, and one of the things we decided to do was replace the fireplace mantle. There...

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Get curious

Several weeks ago, I wrote about Trump. It felt like a risk, and a bit of a leap for me given my writing has purposely avoided political subjects in the past. I don’t even like to get overly involved in Canadian politics, as it’s just such a mess anywhere I look. ...

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I’m not sorry

Last week a friend of mine pointed out I need to stop apologizing so much. I sometimes joke that it's a Canadian thing to do, and I can't help myself as we're just way too nice. While I think Canadians are nice people, I also think this is about more than just being...

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In Silence

While on vacation this summer I woke up one morning with swimmers ear. If you don’t know what swimmers is, it’s essentially an infection that causes the ear canal to swell shut. It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and painful if left untreated. The biggest problem when I...

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