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The Problem with Goals and Resolutions

The Problem with Goals and Resolutions

It's a new year, which means it's time for the Annual Much Maligning of Goals and Resolutions. Get excited. I'm just going to get straight to the point. While I'm pro goals and resolutions, I'll admit there is a problem with goals and resolutions, and that problem is...

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How to Have a Better Year in 2021

How to Have a Better Year in 2021

Oh look! It's time for my annual reminder that a calendar year is not out to get you, even if it feels that way, or even if you have loads of evidence that it has been an awful, terrible, no-good, very bad year. Now, we can all collectively agree, I think, that 2020...

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Why You Might Want to Start Wasting Your Time

Why You Might Want to Start Wasting Your Time

It seems to me that these days, not much value is placed on the practice of puttering about having hobbies. You know, extracurricular activities, pastimes, leisurely pursuits and diversions? Hobbies are those things we undertake for the intrinsic joy of doing them, or...

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Why Tolerance Might Be Making Your Life Worse

Why Tolerance Might Be Making Your Life Worse

Well, if this year has taught us anything—and I think it's taught us a lot, whether we wanted to learn the lessons or not—it's shown us where the boundaries of our tolerance lay, and that those are fairly stretchy lines. This is a good thing in a pandemic, along with...

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The Problem with the Parallel Road

The Problem with the Parallel Road

There's a section of the Trans Canada highway on the mainland that always stands out in my mind as a metaphor for life. It's a lovely drive from Hope (yes, we have a place called Hope here, and if that isn't the most Canadian thing ever, then I don't know what is) to...

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Why Losing Doesn’t Have to Mean You’ve Lost

Why Losing Doesn’t Have to Mean You’ve Lost

Disappointment and defeat don't mean the same thing, but you'd never be able to tell from the way we use them. We tend to view them interchangeably, which has led to us becoming allergic to both of them. You know how allergies work? You come into contact with...

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How To: Do the Right Thing

How To: Do the Right Thing

This is it. The article you've all been waiting for. The one with all the answers. The proverbial gold at the end of the also-proverbial rainbow. After reading this post, you may well think I've been holding out on you all this time. I promise you I have said this...

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Knowing What to Do Isn’t Enough

Knowing What to Do Isn’t Enough

Something I'd rather you didn't know about me—and I'd rather I didn't know, either, for that matter—is that since last summer, when I broke my foot, I've gained about fifteen pounds. Technically, I've really only gained about ten, but since I was already up five from...

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