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November 28th, 2017

Attitude

We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it’s a continuing choice. John Maxwell.

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There’s a great mystery to life and magic in it, too. As much as we try to plan our direction and think we have it nailed, it’s never a straight line. Life doesn’t go like that.

In many respects, life comes down to the choices we make, some more important than others, as we walk along the road of our of individual journeys. At times, the road is smooth. Others are bumpy.

How we handle and smooth out the bumps has everything to do with our courage and our attitude.

Attitude is more important than the past or our education. It’s more important than what others think or say about we do.

It’s more important than money, appearances and societal convention.

It’s more important than giftedness or skills.

Attitude is about resilience, honesty and taking personal responsibility for our lives; doing the right things rather than doing things right, and making the best of our current circumstances.

When we’ve done all that, the rest will take care of itself.

Need some help smoothing out the bumps? Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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November 22nd, 2017

The Dance of Life

Do you sometimes feel that, for whatever reason, time is no longer on your side? Do you wish you could turn back the clock? Sorry.

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In his famous, I Have a Dream speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us that:

“We are faced with the fact, my friends, tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is no such thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at a flood – it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”

From time to time, many of us may feel similar sentiments, especially today. The times are uncommon. Uncertainty and fear are creeping around the edges, sniffing at the centre.

We all face barriers, challenges and fears of one kind or another and have occasional setbacks. That’s how life goes. One step forward, two steps back, but it is never too late. Not if you don’t want it to be.

Stay strong. Even as the clock keeps ticking, in the dance of life, the trick is to keep on dancing.

Up on the dance floor but out of step? Need some help? Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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November 20th, 2017

Build Windmills

When the wind changes direction, there are those who build walls and those who build windmills. Chinese proverb.

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We’re living in interesting times. The era we are heading into is demanding, for sure, and not for the faint of heart.

The headwinds are strong but they portend new opportunities, new openings and new starts for those who will build windmills.

Building a windmill? Need some help? Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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November 16th, 2017

Perhaps

The future is called ‘perhaps,’ which is the only possible thing to call the future. The important thing is not to allow that to scare you. Tennessee Williams.

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No one can predict the future. All each of us can do is hope for the best, be the best we can be, do the most we can do with what we have at our disposal and leave the world a better place than we found it.

That will be enough….

Are you doing your best? Searching to do more? Need some one to help you? Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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November 13th, 2017

Home is Where You Stand

One of my favourite contemporary writers is Pico Iyer. He writes and speaks on a number of eclectic subjects. A friend forwarded a link to a TED Talk that he had delivered, entitled Where Is Home?

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A master story teller, his talk is engaging and inspirational.

We’re living in trying, uncertain times. Diversity and change are the coinage of our era. Everyday the world gets a little smaller and meaner. Listening and watching the media to which we seem to become ever more addicted, the choice offered up is increasingly stark: Either we are all going to hell in a hand basket, or we are on the cusp of a bright, brave new world.

Ever the optimist, in spite of the growing evidence to the contrary, I am inclined to the latter view, holding to a hopeful, inclusive picture of the world. Yes, it’s  challenging but so are the opportunities, if you are willing to stay open and look for them.

In spite of the seeming evidence to the contrary, I’m still bullish on the future. I think Pico has it right. In the global world, home is not where you came from…  it is where you stand.

Painting a brighter picture of your future? Need some one to help you? Like me to speak to your group? I am easily reachable. Text/call 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com

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