Robb and sons on the trail

International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day – Do we really need this? Maybe… Looking for inspiration for this blog post, I turned to several observance day calendars. Top for November 19 is International Men’s Day. At first glance, somehow, that just didn’t seem worthy. But I was curious. A quick review of Wikipedia’s description reveals there are six…

Fall trail with leaves

Gratitude and Choice

It’s Municipal Election Day today in Ontario. As I was pondering what to write about, two words came to mind: Gratitude and Choice. And although there is a lot to be grateful for everyday, today, the gratitude lens is particularly focused on our good fortune in this community, province and country to be able to…

Women handing a customer his bag

“No Problem”

“No problem.”   Two simple words that say so little and so much at the same time. They seem to say so little because of the ubiquitousness of the expression. I hear it a lot now in stores, restaurants, service organizations…everywhere!   And I think that’s unfortunate because they do say so little in that context, but they also can say…

“Dog in the forest” – Harbinger of Joy?

Most people are familiar with the expression “canary in the coal mine”, where the canary was literally the harbinger of death for miners. Gloomy, I know.  I’m wondering, though, is there a metaphor that means the opposite? So an indicator of something full of life, joy and wonderment? Something that, like the poor canaries, has a certain…

8 motivation hacks for self-improvement

8 Motivation Hacks for Self Improvement Month

September is Self-improvement Month. Oh, oh. It’s going to be a busy month. Partner, Dad, brother, brother-in-law, employers, community member, global citizen…I’m guessing September is not Get-more-sleep Month. And then there’s running. Staying motivated to improve in any one of these areas – let alone all of them – can be daunting and overwhelming. How…

Goal Setting

As a former planning and marketing consultant, working with clients to identify, clarify and evaluate goals was a big part of my work. Virtually every project I was involved with began with a discussion about goals. For some people – and I’m one of them – running is similar. I’m much more disciplined and focused…