What Was Your Trauma

Trauma really does happen to just about everyone at some point in life. What was your trauma? Trauma and tragedy can impact your life in a variety of ways, and each individual experiences it differently. On a basic level, trauma can: Keep you awake at night and/or paralyze you with fear; Make you feel extremely fatigued and depressed; Have a …

Overwhelmed by News and Social Media?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by news feeds and social media comments and postings? I am; and I’m hearing a lot of other people saying the same thing. We’re getting too much information and it’s coming at us relentlessly – and repeatedly. Hey, it’s great to be able to know what’s happening in our world. Depending on where you are at …

Peace – At Any Price?

Peace. We pay a price to enjoy peace in our hearts, our homes, our communities, and our countries. Tens of thousands of Canadians paid that heavy price, defending our own beautiful Canada, and many other countries around the world. They bought us freedom, and peace, with their lives and their service. We enjoyed that hard-earned peace for a long time.  …

Who is Your Trusted Friend and Confidant

Here’s a question for you to contemplate: who is your best friend; your trusted confidant? On social media and in popular magazines the term ‘BFF’ comes up frequently. And, the phrase “This is my new best friend” can often be heard. Are friend and confidant the same thing? Sometimes they are. Sometimes they are not. They could be a ‘frenemy’. …

Your Locked Up Emotions are Hurting You

Yes, your locked up emotions are hurting you. Keeping them inside is an unhealthy state in which to live. When troubling or upsetting emotions arise, that is not the time to tell yourself that you can handle it on your own. That would be like trying to put makeup on, or shave, with your nose pressed right up against the …

Are You Stumped By Your Emotions

Are you often bewildered – or stumped – by your emotions?  The emotions of others too? Striving to make sense of them? Emotions are an important part of what makes you …you. Without them you would be just a body. Love, excitement, fear and anger are fairly easy emotions to comprehend. However, there is more to discover deeper within these …

Are You Savvy about Emotional Intelligence

How savvy, or confident, are you about emotional intelligence? What is that, you ask? According to an on-line dictionary emotional intelligence is: “The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success.” Emotional intelligence is not about being or acting …

How to Be Your Own Best Friend

Would you like to know how to be your own best friend? Let’s face it, who is better qualified than you? You know that feeling when you meet someone for the first time, and you just know, deep inside, that you’re going to be great friends. Possibly you could be friends for a lifetime. Then there are other times when …

Can Trauma Affect Friendships

Definitely, yes! Trauma can affect friendships. It can be complicated, and it very often brings change. There are not many who escape this life without experiencing some type of trauma; a significant loss, an accident, a broken relationship, serious illness, etc. What brought the subject of friendship and trauma to mind this week was the dual celebrations of Canada’s Sesquicentennial …

Celebrating Canada – Before and Beyond 150 Years

In just a few days Canadians will be celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the nationhood of Canada. Canada ‘officially’ began as a modern country in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown is known as the ‘Birthplace of Confederation’. We live in an amazing country. It is one of the safest, and, dare I say, nicest and most beautiful on our planet. I …