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Sleeping with the Enemy



Like a virus in a computer system you have a part of you that is undermining your confidence and performance every day. Undetected and unmanaged this inner saboteur will ensure you never become all that you could be. This inner guardian fears your success. Its false belief is that if you succeed, disaster may follow. […]

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Be For Something in 2017



As we begin a new year many people have made resolutions and intentions. Many of these target habits, causes, and behaviours. Here’s what we know. The easiest way to get attention personally or publicly is to be against something. The win-lose drama creates conflict and emotion. But does being against something create anything but tension […]

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The Candy Diet – Guest Blog by Seth Godin



The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books. Fifteen years ago, cable channels like TLC (the “L” stood for Learning), Bravo and the History Channel (the “History” stood for History) promised to add texture and information […]

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The Darkest Day



Life is a constant ebb and flow. You win. Then you lose. You give up hope. Then a small miracle happens. In his book Spiritual Exercises, first published in 1548, Ignatius of Loyola called this cycle desolation and consolation. Today, in my part of the world, darkness reigns – we have only 9 hours and […]

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Christmas Chocolates



This year in our town something magical happened. It all started in a little Café called The Chocolate Hug. In this little shop overlooking the harbour, Jeannie Simpson sells chocolates and tea. Her small café only has three tables but they are always filled with friends sharing a hot drink and a sweet treat. In […]

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Cycles



Life is never static. And wishing cannot make it so. When I was a young boy I had a favourite plaid shirt. I wore it until my body was literally bursting at the seams. I cried when my mother forced me to surrender it and move on. The wheel of life keeps turning. No joy […]

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Coming Home for Thanksgiving



Scott Peck began The Road Less Traveled with this quote, “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no […]

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Why I Won’t be Burning My New Balance Shoes



If the last year should teach us anything it should be to read media with caution and take a deep breath before we jump to any conclusions. Second, we should have learned, or at least be learning, not to paint with too broad a brush. People on both sides of election issues in the United […]

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Cold Turkey



It happened again! The bait was tossed and I gobbled it up. He said the Rhinoceros Party was totally incompetent and should be replaced by the Hippos. I sought to be the voice of reason. After all I was older and very well read. I spoke of experience and pointed out that even the Giraffe […]

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Running Downhill



Like most Difference Makers you enjoy a challenge – especially when you have to struggle to succeed. But how do you do when the going is easy? Can you relax and allow life to happen fast and easy? I am a runner. Each day for the last 35 years I have run for fitness and […]

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