Final countdown

Reaching a personal milestone can be unexpected. Take my early morning run yesterday – it was still dark, rainy, and chilly. It was also the week I upped my training mileage.

As I approached the last traffic light at the end of my route, I was at that threshold distance where you wonder whether the green light was stale enough to justify slowing down or early enough to warrant, heaven forbid, a final sprint.  Continue reading Final countdown


Uncomplicated joy

On the same theme as last week’s post (Bigger Picture Unleashed), let’s meet Walter, a fellow water-lover.

Walter is my hero. He is the epitome of uncomplicated joy in action. I watch this video when I need a motivational nudge and a laugh.

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Everything you need to fly


“Leap, and the net will appear.”  ~  John Burroughs

How do you feel about this quote? While inspirational and positive, it has never fully resonated with me. My impression was always one of passivity – dropping safely into a net when the outcome doesn’t pan out the way you want it to.

This is not about avoiding failure at all costs. And it’s not about doing it all yourself.  Continue reading Everything you need to fly

Sweat equity in sweet success

There’s no chocolate in my home. I don’t keep chocolate here anymore. If I truly crave it and I can’t stop thinking about it for a full day (yes, I wait that long) and my focus is suffering as a result (this does happen), then I have to walk to the local store for it.

This summer, I’m upping the ante by cycling down the big hill from my place and taking the long way around to a store only a kilometre away as the crow flies. That takes a rather significant degree of commitment because it means donning my riding gear, not to mention thrashing the big climb on the final home stretch.

Why bother with the effort?

Because. Chocolate. Is. Worth. It.
And because it’s a metaphor for the tantalizing, decadent vision our souls long to savour once achieved.

Something to be cherished is worth the effort in earning it, building it, creating it, risking failure for it, cultivating it, dreaming it, and dropping less worthy pursuits to reach it.

What is worthy in your life that’s worth the effort?

You, the masterpiece

I know who you are. You’re an artist, architect, and inventor. You already have everything you need to create the kind of impact you want to have.

Where you are at this moment – whether it’s your first iota of growing awareness or the one-millionth step of your journey – is already a masterpiece not because it’s flawless or complete, but because it’s your truth and your compelling purpose coming alive.

And you dared to start it in the first place.

What compels you onward?