Courage

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The True Rebel Prayer

It can be a good thing to have a creed of some kind. Some mantra or words to calm you and help you find your centre. Like the Serenity Prayer at AA meetings, I need something like this. There are times when I get off-balance. I start to get overly cynical or jaded, angry and judgemental. Sometimes you feel like you are trying to put good out into the world and all you get back is a big F.U. I must admit that I am not perfect, and despite my philosophy to respond in a loving way, at moments I just want to scream F.U.

Video of the Week: Stress, Courage & Community

This TED talk by Kelly McGonigal kicks all kinds of butt! Scientific research that shows us that stress isn't the problem, it's more about how we think about stress and how we connect with others. Your own body is telling you that you have the tools to face life's challenges!! Awesome stuff!

Tell Your Story

I hear so many sad stories.

Stories of abuse. Stories of heartbreaking loss. Stories of people who have, in one way or another, experienced hurt.

Sometimes I think that is what eventually connects us all; our pain.

However, in the telling, each sad story becomes a story of possibility.

When I share my pain I am declaring, "I will not believe the lie that I am alone."

Is There Life In Your Eyes?

The summer after Grade 10 I started dating a Turkish girl. She didn’t know this, but I was absolutely mesmerized by her.  I thought that she was so beautiful and I couldn’t believe that she was interested in me. I had spent so much of my life being the chubby kid who got called ‘friend’ by the girls quite a bit.  Now, in a relationship with this gorgeous girl, I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. I was very shy with my body (embarrassed really, I still saw myself as the fat kid).

It Takes Courage to Start Snitching

There was a fight at our local high school a few weeks ago.  Actually it was two girls attacking a third girl on school property (not exactly a fair fight). For these girls, any suggestion that things might be handled without violence just didn’t make sense to them.  They might as well stick their fingers in their ears and shout, “LA, LA, LA, LA, LA, I CAN’T HEAR YOU,” that’s how receptive they are to advice.

My Little Sister - The True Rebel

I loved being a big brother.  Sure, I did some of the regular teasing that older brothers do, but for the most part, I always cared very deeply for my little sister.  I felt responsible for her, even as a 4 year old when she was just a baby, I would worry about her getting hurt and something happening to her.  Later, I cared about who she would become, what kind of choices she would make… I was certain that she was going to be someone GREAT!

The Pain of Change Vs. The Pain of Staying The Same

It has been said that in most circumstances people don’t change unless they feel that the pain of staying the same has become greater than the pain of change.

I thought about this again after seeing 127 Hours, which just came out on Blu-ray and DVD yesterday.   The movie is based on a true story about Aron Ralston, played by James Franco, who finds himself in dire circumstances in the middle of nowhere on one of his many hiking, exploring and mountain climbing expeditions. 

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