It cuts both ways

To those who vow commitment, yet choose immediate convenience.
To those who crave trust, yet remain guarded.
To those who aspire to create and share, yet clip their own wings.

And then a seismic shift begins…  Continue reading It cuts both ways

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Premature celebration

Championships and reputations have been lost this way.

There are many instances of premature celebration at all levels in the sporting world – triathlon, football, soccer, snowboarding, motocross, motorcycle racing, rollerblading, bicycling, rugby, bull-fighting, horse-racing, biathlon.

Miscounting the number of laps. Coasting to the finish line. Obliviousness to a soccer ball’s backspin. Tossing the ball in victory a half-step from the end zone. All is lost in a moment of inattention, in celebration of getting something not yet secured. It’s almost painful to watch.   Continue reading Premature celebration

Body-Mind-Spirit Harmony and Joy — Guest post

bird-thread_BGuiledBrenda Guiled has been a kindred spirit friend since 1995 when we started our journeys in Okinawan go-ju (hard-soft) karate. While my life journey took a different path, Brenda continued on. In 2002, she graduated to 3rd-degree black belt and soon after founded the Salt Spring Shorei-Kan dojo on Salt Spring Island, BC, continuing since then as chief instructor. Recently, I found my old belt and recalled the wisdom in the metaphor of a black belt’s transition back to white through dedication and sustained commitment. I asked Brenda to share her journey through karate and its influence in her life. May Brenda’s story nudge your curiosity to discover where your own experiences and perspectives interweave. Thank you, Brenda for your always-curious creativity.

“White Bird” (monoprint) by Brenda Guiled.
© BGuiled/www.bguiled.com


We talk about “getting it together”, to centre our life and somehow keep it that way. Big ‘somehow’!

There are reliable ways to do this and countless approaches. It comes down to one thing: bringing mind-body-spirit into such harmony and joy that it’s the normal state of being. ‘Mind’ is first in this modern-world arranging of these elements, with the body to carry it around, while the spirit is some ineffable other.   Continue reading Body-Mind-Spirit Harmony and Joy — Guest post

Plan Y

When you set out on a certain course of action or intent, how often do you consider a Plan B? Or even a Plan C or D? How extensive are the contingency plans? When Plan D proves unsuccessful, what then? Give up. Design a Plan E. Revisit plans A through D to see if they’ll work in the next round.

Tell me what happens when you get to Plan Y. Not quite the final straw – Plan Z is on deck. What now?

At this point, they’re not contingency plans. They’re options. And since I believe there are more options and choices than there are letters in any alphabet, there’s always a chance.