Cathartically Creative Composition #1

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Sometimes I forget the truth I know.

On the foundation of intentional design, I KNOW that I have been created by love, in love, for love. I know that I am sustained with each heartbeat and every single breath – especially the laboured ones mid-hill on my road bike, when I pushed everything to the max.  Please Continue Reading …

A Word for the Coming Year: Joy

 

I sat down in the stillness of the early morning, today, December 31, 2020 to write a few reflections in my journal, and after partially completing my thoughts, I decided to bring them here to the blog – to share with you as peer reflection.

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Creative Resilience

I was interviewed recently as part of panel discussion on resilience. I found the discussion raw and honest and helpful – especially in light of the challenges that many are and/or will be facing in relation to current career path hiccups and the need for adaptability.

Its a 60-minute video, and worth the time – if you, or someone you know, is wrestling with resilience.  Please Continue Reading …

Holding on…to Words

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What is in power of a word; is it not simply a sound? Sounds are many and diverse. Some sounds need to be blocked out as they can damage our hearing – like the rhythmic pounding of a riveter in a ship-building yard. Some sounds need to be blocked out because they can create damage to our mental and spiritual health, like the sounds hurled at us by the schoolyard bully. Others give life and lift the human spirit, like the chickadee on a mild winter morning at sunrise, or the first song of the Robin in spring.

 

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Someone Paid the Piper: but the tune is dissonant

We have all been touched by anxiety in some way. It is either in us, or someone in our family, or possibly a close friend or coworker — whether we realize it or not. If you have ever experienced anxiety, you know its a bugger! In my direct experience with it, I find that it often sneaks up on us while we are unaware. It seems to come more from the subconscious than the conscious, and it is not always logically grounded in anything.

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Snow in Summer: Dissonance & Grace

The longer this COVID season drags on, the more people tell me that they feel tired. Tired of adapting, tired of the steady diet of fear served through the media, and tired of the impatience of others. They often go on to state that they are concerned that their character is shifting; that they have a reduced capacity to engage life; that they are afraid that they will say or do something out of their present condition that will have undesirable and long lasting consequence.

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What’s the difference; why bother; why be vulnerable?

“What difference does it make?” This was the question on my mind when I quit music ten years ago. There was more to it than this, (I’ll spare you the political blah, blah, blah) but the loss of felt impact was an essential element in my leaving music behind. Restarting again has meant coming to grips with the emotions of felt rejection – and I’m not alone in this; many artists wrestle with the vulnerability of placing their creation before others. Some deal with it well – I did not.

 

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Open Water: In search of the freedom to be

I enjoy sailing. I’m not an adrenaline junkie; I don’t need to be clipping across the waves in a catamaran with 1/2 of the boat in the air and my body leaning back away from it as ballast – I’m more of a “tiller in one hand, glass of wine in the other” kinda guy.

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My Ride to Remember Story: Resilience in the Making

My Ride to Remember experience has become a living example as to how the keys of resilience work: growing internal self-mastery through supportive external relationships within the process of cycling.

The Ride to Remember began as our way to honour our heroes, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their community and to ensure the magnitude of their sacrifice is never forgotten.  Please Continue Reading …

Transcendence: The Soul within the Clay

I’m sure you’ve noticed as much as I have, that it is proving to be  difficult to know who you can talk to about what topics these days. Polarization of topical opinion seems to be at an all-time high – at least within my life experience.

Maybe you read the posts of friends and find them to be inline with your thinking, and/or you’re surprised when they are not. You fingers hover over the keyboard, and you wonder if you should wade in and express your opinion.  Please Continue Reading …