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Doing The Work

Sooner or later, it all devolves to work. Success is about showing up and doing the best possible work we can. Much of the role of purpose is helping us to adapt that mindset. Which means it’s all a bit of a mind game. But it’s a really important mind game.



Holding Ourselves Accountable

Accountability is a complex and difficult thing. We expect it of others, but reserve wiggle room for ourselves. Especially when we are making promises to our selves. The need to set ourselves up for success, rather than leaving the door open for failure.



In Praise of the Misericordia Hospital

A version of this article was published in the Edmonton Journal on 27 May 2015. Certainly, it can be argued that the Alberta health care system has its challenges. Efficiency and the cost effectiveness of health care services were a key issue in the most recent election, and reining in health care costs has been…
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The Journey Starts Here

Actually, the journey continues here. We don’t get a lot of do-overs in life. Life continues. We move forward. We build on what comes before. With luck, we learn from it. It’s part of us. Not only can’t we undo the past, it is pointless to try. What matters is what happens next.



The Attainment of a Milestone

Some of you may have noticed that this site has been quiet for the last couple of months. Not that I haven’t been writing; I just haven’t been writing here. That’s less of a reflection of my commitment to post here than it is acknowledgement of the reality that I can only do so much….
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Pause, Reflect, Regroup

It has been a little quiet here of late. Not that there hasn’t been a great deal of activity in the background, but it has largely been exactly that: alot of activity in the background.



Expectations And Reality

There are days and times when our expectations don’t line up with our reality. Often, we go into a situation with expectations of how it will turn out, and then—for whatever reason—what actually occurs fails to live up with how we imagined it. At the same time, there are occasions when our expectations are quite…
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A Sense Of Place

There is a tendency among many of us to think “If only this would happen, then everything would be OK.” Or “Once this happens, then I will be able to move forward.” For the most part, it is a line of thinking I try to discourage. Speculative and conditional thinking keep us living for (and…
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Alternative Universes: A Personal Perspective

In an alternate universe, I will be getting on a plane tomorrow and flying to the west coast. There, I will be spending a lovely, relaxing week with my bride of many years, visiting friends, reading, drinking wine, eating awesome food and taking time to breathe. In other words, embracing and enjoying life.



On Learning: Hurtling off the Cliff

As children, we embrace learning new skills and abilities with a vengeance. In that we start life with no skills, and pretty much everything around us is fascinating and interesting, and we want to be able to do things that others already understand, we eagerly embrace the unknown. What is fascinating at this age, however,…
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