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Every Moment We Let Slip Away

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." ~ Joseph Campbell. Life is often shit, and it kicks us hard in places we don’t want to be kicked (unless that’s your thing, then kick away). But we can kick it right back. We...

One Way Conversations While Sitting on Park Benches

When I had just turned 30, I lived and worked for a while in a place called Thurso, at the top of the Scottish mainland. It's primarily a fishing town (or, at least, it used to be) and, as such, has some wonderful parks and coastal areas lined with walkways and...

Do You Want to Be a Better Person, Truly?

When I was younger, I did some horrible things. Some, I didn’t know better because of age. At least, I’d like to think so. For example, when I was four years old, I threw a tantrum fit while shopping with my pregnant mother. As she told me off, I punched her in the...

Why We Should Make More of What We Do An Experience

In 2001, I went backpacking around the West Coast of Australia for six months. I was 33 at the time. This wasn't a journey that I had to take to "find myself". Instead, it was just about taking the time to make an experience. I'd been telling myself since I was 19...

When Being an Open Book Means the Opposite

Oftentimes in life, when asked by people what others might think of us, we reply with something like, "I’m an open book. If you want to know me, just look at me or be around me for an hour or two." While that’s an admirable – and mostly honest – statement, it’s not...

Love People, And Use Things

This weekend just gone saw the annual Family Day holiday in most of Canada. A government-endorsed public holiday, Family Day was created to "...celebrate the importance of families and family life to people and their communities." It's one of the many reasons I love...

Belief is Half of All Healing

In the book A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, there's a moment when the tree monster is telling the main character, a boy called Conor, a story about the tree's past. The tree is using these stories to teach Conor about life, and how to deal with different situations....

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