What You Can Learn from Stigma

Stigma is a sign of social unacceptability, and you can learn something from stigma. Stigma has other biological definitions, but for today let’s stay with the social aspects of stigma, which can range from very negative to emotionally painful. Neither is a place anyone wants to be stuck in. Have you ever heard the expression, “Walk a mile in someone …

Everyone Is Colourfully Created

Food for thought. Each of you has your own unique colouring; skin and hair. Every one of us was colourfully created. All those genes combined with an egg and a sperm, and you were created. The unique creature you are has never existed before, and will not ever exist again. Think about that for a moment. Contemplate the specialness of …

Wisdom from Fear

Fear can be a frightening, even terrifying, emotion. Let’s learn a little wisdom from fear. You may, or may not, have seen the following acronyms about fear: F.E.A.R. – False Evidence Appearing Real F.E.A.R. – Face Everything And Rise Unless you are being chased down by a starving lion, or an angry grizzly bear, your fears may be more centred …

Wisdom – From Racism

Can you acquire learned wisdom from the awful reality of racism? I believe you can. Every one of us can become wiser, and less inclined to see, verbalize, or create differences in the only real ‘race’ we have on this planet …the Human Race. Pretty much all the ‘isms’ we hear about on the news and social media are born …

Wisdom from Mental Illness & Mental Health

We are now a week past a national initiative (#BellLetsTalk) to bring attention to mental illness and mental health. Are you more informed? Are you more empathetic?  Are you less fearful? Do you care more for the welfare of your fellow human beings this week than you did last week? Is there a family that has not been affected in …

Wisdom from #MeToo

Would anyone out there agree with me that our world is changing? The #MeToo movement has certainly brought a lot of issues to the forefront, and many would say it is about time. However, along with shedding light on a serious and overly longtime problem there often comes a backlash. The #MeToo movement has shed a big light on a …

Shame – Who Does It Belong To

Who does shame really belong to? It depends on who carries out the offending act. Some of my coaching clients and others I support through local organizations who have experienced abuse, often say that they ‘feel so ashamed’. Please know this: if someone else harmed you in any way, the shame is not yours. While many who have been abused …

Moderation …Now Please

Yes, moderation …now please. Moderation is a word that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention, or even use, these days. But we sure could use a healthy dose of it worldwide. What exactly does moderation mean? Well, it’s synonymous with restraint, control, and self-control. Given the current state of affairs, with wars, and threats of nuclear annihilation, along …

Acceptance – Of Self and Others

How can you, and really, all of us, learn how to accept and love not only yourself, but other people too? In conversations with friends, associates and on-line, it is quite apparent that our planet Earth and its population are suffering on a number of levels. People are hurting. Every day you hear about accidents, murders, victimization, natural disasters, and …