Aha! Moments Spotlight

Opportunity Makers, Embracing Differences, and Creating Something Meaningful.

“We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started?”

This is a pretty great invitation, and the one that Forbes columnist, Kare Anderson, gave in her TED Talk back in September of 2014.

We are often confronted by moments of connection with people who really challenge our ideas, our values and our points of view. Shutting the door to that connection may be the easiest and most comfortable thing to do, but there are so many incredible opportunities that are lost when we do that.

One of the things that really resonated with me was a particular observation Kare made about people who are the greatest “opportunity makers”:

“They’re not affronted by differences. They’re fascinated by them.”

Kare issued a resonant challenge:

“To re-imagine a world where we use our best talents together more often to accomplish greater things together than we could on our own.”

Click through to watch Kare’s TED Talk to learn more about the ways you can boost your powers as an “Opportunity Maker”.

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The Lost Art of Letters

My friend Ed Vielmetti has a lovely practice. He sends postcards to friends on a regular basis. He told me about this when I first met him more than a decade ago at one of Jerry Michalski’s soul-changing retreats. I thought it was a wonderful way of reviving old fashioned letter writing on a micro-scale.Continue Reading “The Lost Art of Letters”

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Spontaneity is an Adventure Diva’s Best Friend

I’ve been thinking about a moment riding the bus, when a mother boarded, pushing her son in a stroller. As she stopped to pay the fare, the toddler looked straight down the aisle, and hollered “Hey everybody! How ya doin’?” The entire bus erupted into laughter, and in an instant the invisible cord that hadContinue Reading “Spontaneity is an Adventure Diva’s Best Friend”

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The objects of my affection.

30 years ago I was a very young woman on a very big adventure. Traveling West through several provinces on business, I was treated to a night up in the mountains at the Banff Springs Hotel. My colleagues and I were dining at a table next to the Calgary Flames NHL hockey team, who hadContinue Reading “The objects of my affection.”

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Tiny Stories

I try very hard to collect memories instead of trinkets these days, but there is a small handful of touchstones that help me keep in view what is most important. Some years ago this antique locket on a watch fob utterly captivated me. The small glass globe parts in the middle, with a picture displayedContinue Reading “Tiny Stories”

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With a little help from my friends …

Tonight was the first time I went out in public with the new business. I didn’t sleep much last night, worrying about what it would be like to share it with strangers not knowing how it would be received. I had no idea how is indelibly cool it was going to be to connect withContinue Reading “With a little help from my friends …”

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Relish the reverence of little things …

Note to self: relish the reverence of little things, and be grateful when the universe conspires in your favour. I’ve been a single girl for a little more than 3 years now, and the perfect hermit. Tonight is the first time I’ve been brave enough to go solo to a social event. I nearly talkedContinue Reading “Relish the reverence of little things …”