Time for some introspection and reflection …

Every so often I take stock of where I am in my life, take a look at what I’m up to and think about whether or not it’s still working for me. I check in with myself to see how I’m doing. I assume that I’ve pretty much been on the right track because this has never resulted in my changing course dramatically. But, from time to time, I have taken some detours along the way as a result of these explorations.

I’m only mentioning it because, in her most recent Sunday Paper, Maria Shriver wrote about the importance of knowing our “why” — understanding why we do what we do, what brings meaning to our lives.

Despite it being a long weekend in Canada, I was chained to my computer the whole time, working on a Continue reading

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Day 320. Wise Words

There’s been a fair bit of talk about feminism on WordPress blogs recently. The first one I read, “Is Quiet Feminism an Oxymoron”, can be found at The Green Study. It beesis an interesting essay. One in which Michelle, who authors the blog, examines her own ‘relationship’ with feminism; and whether or not she’s doing enough for the cause.

The problem I sometimes have with ’causes’ in general is, they seem to go hand in hand with anger. It’s not necessarily true, but it is how it often ‘feels’. The perception. The image I have in my mind, and often see on television, is of people screaming and shouting. Waving fists. Pointing fingers. Being aggressive. Argumentative. Red-faced. Hot under the collar. Throwing placards. Fighting. Scuffling with police.

This is not a criticism. It’s not that I’ve never reacted, or over-reacted. I most certainly have. It’s not that I’m

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Day 118. Doing Something

I don’t know about you, but I’m being bombarded with letters and phone calls from charities and causes looking for donations.  I get them all the time, but it escalates at givingthis time of year.

And nowadays, with government funding becoming less likely with each passing day, the need for individual donations is greater than ever.  A challenge in and of itself, with so many out of work, worried they could lose their jobs, or just tightening their belts because of the economy.

Throughout my career, I’ve done a fair bit of work for non-profit organizations; and even in good times, it can be a tough go.  One of the main obstacles is, it’s hard for an individual to believe that their $5 or $25 or even $200 donation can make a difference when the problem is huge.  Like trying to cure a disease, or feeding the homeless, or keeping the local ballet company afloat, or disaster relief.

It’s understandable, of course.  But in reality, if everyone felt that way, and no one ever donated because of it, then where would we be?  In a major mess!  Because even a single dollar, when combined with hundreds or thousands of Continue reading