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Disengagement is Fundamental to Engagement

Years as ago, I worked as a professor in the psychology department of a Canadian University. The morale was poor amongst the faculty. Except for the actual teaching, I didn’t feel... 



Grace: Drilling Down to Core Values

The challenge for this issue of Synergy was a personal one, because it forced me to drill down deep enough to identify the essence of what is important to me and how I manifest it in... 



They Are Doing the Best They Can

Twelve days before Christmas I sat with a friend looking out into the bustling throng in a big department store. Some were cheerful; others were sombre as they went about their shopping.... 



Change Your Mind And Change Your Reality

A number of years ago I was driving through rush-hour Toronto traffic—eight lanes in each direction. The traffic was heavy and fast. I was making good time until I got blocked behind... 



Be Careful Where You Focus Your Attention

I hiked one day with a woman I’ll call Laura. She shared with me that she had just lost her husband. She said that for a number of years he had been obsessed with avoiding all foods... 



Are You Stuck in a Rut?

I congratulate you! Not because you are in a rut, but because you know you are. Knowing you’re in a rut is the normal prelude to self reinvention. Many get stuck in a rut without... 



Life Lessons in Presence

How many times have you heard someone say, “He was at home with us, but he wasn’t present?” It happens a lot and it’s a major factor in relationships coming apart. If you are... 



Harvest—Closing Life’s Cycles

I am not a farmer, although I grew up among farmers and worked on farms in my childhood and youth in Ontario. At harvest time, my mind inevitably turns to ‘cycles.’ Life is full... 



A Handicap or a Gift?

Our family was very poor. I was the oldest of four boys and my parents rented a house for $15 a month. It had electricity, but we didn’t have a refrigerator. We all used the outhouse... 



It Felt Like The End Of The World

Three decades ago, my life was humming along in a predictable way. The children were growing up with only two left at home. I had given up alcohol. Both my wife and I had good jobs... 



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