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Showing posts from June, 2012

"You've Got a Friend"

Winter, spring, summer, or fall All you have to do is call And I'll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah You've got a friend.
"You've Got a Friend" James Taylor
Friendship. What a powerful and all important word. To me it means more than words can possibly express, although I am going to give it a shot.
Friends have gotten me through my most difficult difficult times, times with my depression when I felt hopeless. What kept me alive in my darkest moments was the knowledge that I was, in fact, loved by my family and friends. That's pretty important because when you are suffering from deep depression you start to feel unworthy of love and friendship. Luckily, I was reminded by my friends that they were there for me. You know how they did that? Through technology and social media.
For a few days I have been thinking about this post. I knew that I wanted to write about the positive impact that social media has had on me but I wasn't quite sure how to link it to my illnes…

"New Rules"

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." ~ Diane Ackerman
What does it mean to truly "live" your life? Does it mean surviving the ups and downs? Does it mean following the rules? Or does it mean something else?
I am inclined to agree with Ms. Ackerman - there is something more to it than simply the years lived. But how do we live the width of it and what does that really mean? Well, I think that the road that we each choose to get there will look different but in the end, it's all the same - living a truly authentic life, one in which we make up our own rules.
How often in life do we do things simply because we "should" or because "it's expected of me"? Too many times to count. In my last post I must have touched a nerve because it was one of my most popular, one that lots of you contacted me about. You told me that it resonated with you an…

"Popeye The Sailor Man"

"I yam what I yam and that's all that I yam!" ~ Popeye The Sailor Man

You have to hand it to that Popeye. He was pretty clear about who he was (a Sailor Man) and what he liked (Olive Oyl, Sweet Pea, and spinach!). I admire that. How many of us really know who we are? Do you? How many of us know and are OK with it? Are you? That's the million dollar question.
Our society constantly bombards us with reminders that we actually aren't OK as we are. We need to look younger, be fitter, eat better, be funnier, be less funny, have better clothes, spend more money on clothes, spend less money on clothes, get married, don't get married, drive a better car, no - bike to work! And on and on and on. It can feel a bit like being stuck between a rock and hard place at times. Any way you turn you seem to be getting it all wrong. What is the right thing to do? What is the right thing for ME? If you don't know who you are to begin with it's kind of a hard question to …

"Do You Believe In Magic?"

"Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen." ~ Wolfgang Von Goethe

I did something new last night, something that I may have done as a child or perhaps on a visit to Las Vegas. I watched a magic show. There were three magicians. The first one was entertaining but a bit predictable - the standard magic tricks with a side serving of silly, slightly corny jokes. The second magician performed a series of illusions involving photographs that were pretty cool and definitely left me scratching my head as to how he did them. The third was my friend Jamie.

Jamie isn't just a magician, he's an entertainer creating illusions but also weaving a story about his own journey in following his love for magic. With the other two magicians I was entertained but I mostly sat back in my seat. As soon as Jamie took the stage I was on the edge of my seat - I was as riveted by his sense of humour and fun stories as I was by his very cool magic. I coul…