Learning how to be a good friend

Human relationships are complex. But there are some simple principles you can follow to build solid friendships

Learning how to be a good friendEverybody wants to have friends. Growing up, I often heard, “If you want to have friends, you have to be a friend.” To me, that statement always left more questions than answers. I was recently reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey with my students and I came upon the best…

A life of honour, tradition and service to others

The story of Mary John is one of perseverance and resilience, and should serve as an example to all who read it

A life of honour, tradition and service to othersOne of the benefits of teaching is that I get to make the final choice with regard to the books we study in class. With a greater emphasis on Indigenous content in the new British Columbia curriculum, I was drawn to Stoney Creek Woman, the story of Mary John. The Stoney Creek Reserve, today called…

Imagine the future to find meaning in your suffering

You must first learn to respond positively to negative situations – embrace your willpower

Imagine the future to find meaning in your sufferingIt’s said that successful people aren’t those without problems, they’re simply those who deal effectively with their problems. This is an easy claim to make but what does it really mean? Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, tells us that between stimulus and response there’s a gap and it’s…

Learning to do the impossible

Jamie DeNovo says it’s one thing to make a transformational decision; it’s another to keep the momentum going to actualize it

Learning to do the impossibleJamie DeNovo is an author, speaker and coach in Calgary.  Tell me a little about yourself and what you do? DeNovo: I’ve always been passionate about catalyzing positive change and I bring that perspective into everything I do. My professional area of expertise focuses on helping people learn techniques to reset and remap their brain.…

Want to write a book and get published? Here’s what you need to know

Terry Whalin of Morgan James Publishing explains why the author is so important to the marketing process and why e-commerce alone won't get the job done

Want to write a book and get published? Here’s what you need to knowTerry Whalin is acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. Tell me what you do with Morgan James Publishing? Whalin: For over six years, I've worked as an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. An acquisitions editor is the first person to see the submission and evaluate whether it’s appropriate for the company. We receive over…

You’re fired! So what comes next?

Whether laid off, terminated or fired, it all means the same thing. You've been de-jobbed, out of work, no more paycheque

You’re fired! So what comes next?It's happening all the time: Workers get the proverbial boot. But whether laid off, terminated or fired, it all means the same thing. You've been de-jobbed, you're out of work, and there's no more paycheque. It means pounding the pavement and looking for a new job. It's natural to be overwhelmed with negative emotions –…

Humans are not designed to stagnate

Standing still only causes us to move backward

Humans are not designed to stagnate“Do not be afraid of improving slowly. Be afraid of standing still,” popular Zen master Leo Babauta tells us. Many in our society believe that there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and once we reach it, life becomes easy. Others believe that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” We’re…

If I don’t want to be the problem, how do I become the solution?

It’s easy to get distracted by money, power and shallow relationships. But at our cores we know what’s right

If I don’t want to be the problem, how do I become the solution?During my rebellious teen years, I listened to an incredible band from Detroit (the Motor City) called MC5. On one of their live albums, recorded in the late 1960s, they made a statement that struck me and has never left me: “Brothers and sisters, the time has come for each and every one of you…

One step at a time: a simple solution to a better life

Create visions and not resolutions to take control of your life

One step at a time: a simple solution to a better lifeWhy don’t resolutions work? Eighty per cent of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February, according to U.S. News and World Report. Only eight per cent of us actually follow through, according to Forbes. In fact, just over 50 per cent of us don’t even bother with New Year's resolutions. It…

Learning from the resolve of zero-gravity spiders

Rejected in love? Lost a job? Experienced a serious medical condition? Gone through a financial crisis? Spiders In Space offers comfort

Learning from the resolve of zero-gravity spidersSpiders In Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change By Todd Hirsch and Rob Roach P&P Publishing C$20 For those of you who had any doubt, this book confirms that misery really does love company. It tells the story of 15 very different people from a variety of backgrounds across Canada who have but one thing…