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Happy Holidays

The Holidays

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Happy Holidays-- Sort of:
If you are like me, this can be a tough time or it can be filled with joy. On the other hand, it can be a dark time filled with messages of doom. Let us not even think about the New Year, which is only one month away.
It is not all lost certainly you can bring life back into the holidays. Last year we went to my brother’s place, away from the shopping buzz, and add to that the non-stop Christmas caroling in every store.
If you have children, that buzz will be just a little more but as a family, start or do your own traditions. Maybe look at what has worked with birthdays.
One of my activities is to review the last year. Then plan out my new year in a broad way. This doesn’t need be about goal setting as you just want to see when things might happen.
All the Best… Chris at the Rippling Pond.

The Question ?

The Question ? This came to me while I listened to Simon & Garfunkel’s song call El Condor Pasa ( If I could ). I went back to Mindfulness and how this teaching makes us come into the present moment. Clearing our thoughts of other things, here is the Question: Is the Hammer or the Nail more important? In mindfulness we are shown that life unfolds in moments, like a “Stream” has a path. Should we worry about whether we are the Nail or the Hammer then each has its own path or duty to service in its purposes. There is no magic as I have read and studied Mindfulness briefly you learn that the Path of our lives is much calmer than trying to seek for “more”. Part of the past year time has again been taken up being a Junior B hockey trainer.  This time it gave me more confidence in First Aid that seems to spill over into my own life. If you will, that small voice of doubt leaves me for a time. For that brief season being part of a team and the joy that it brings me.  So often in my per…

Question about Work

Question about work? What is work to most of us? Why do we have a need to have a career?  Outside of the obvious, which is that it brings fulfillment, would you not want to work for the best company?  Yet "we" often get caught with jobs or even worse a career that (we just do!)
As a Learning Disabled person, is there a career out there where we become the employee of the month and where we do "fit in" and our social skills are not looked at with a microscope? Does this not sound a lot like high school?
For me, it seems that working on my own brings all the fulfillment I want.  With the help of my wife we are able to have somewhat of a normal life (keeping up with the neighbour's toys) even if we don't need to or want to.
So, if you are Learning Disabled or just Disabled, how important is this whole work idea really? Can't we find another way to earn an income to pay the basic bills?
Socially we would like to think that we are a much better group of peo…

Opening Up About Your Disability

I was on Facebook reading both of these posts and somehow they touched me. They echo parts of my own life. When do you open up about your disability? How would you do it even if you need to, as in the second post? What about if it was a career move you need to get the double income job? Unlike disabilities where you can see what the disability is, here you may not even show your disability. However I found at some point you will have to open up like in the case with the NFL Draft player. You may even at some point be unable to take the meeting notes. Very hard to know what to do as most companies have so many to choose from for your position. I have found out opening up is the best choice, but be careful of how you say you are Learning Disabled. You do not want it to become a stumbling block to your career. Always put your best foot forward…in other words, use your strengths to your advantage.

LDAC info from their web page.

Katherine Glasgow If you have a Learning Disability …

My connection to Rick Hansen Relay

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When I was down in Vancouver I was involved with Independence 92 which gave me an opportunity to be even more involved with disabilities. I was in a book called A Closer Look which was published by the Government of British Columbia. Rick was a big part of this as the group talked about their disability.

Springing into Life

As March marches by February came and went too, I am now back with my Blog. I have been busy on several projects.
Me & my wife ( Susie ) work together on Heritage Makers, an online story booking company.  We operate as Preserve Life Stories ( www.preservelifestories.com ).  We are working to make this the best year ever for us. You never know some of my work may show up on my blog. It has helped in bringing life to my work with poems.
We are also doing a moving car show here in the OkanaganValley area in May, called Wheels for a Cure ( www.wheelsforacure.ca ) where my other passion came out with old cars. The show is to raise funds for Prostate Cancer. I will use the great opportunity to spread the work about my work here in blog & other projects.
I am now officially a medal bearer for the Rick Hansen Relay ( http://www.rickhansenrelay.com ) . I remember what joy it was to be involved last time in Independence 92.  I was with this group in Vancouver as I got involved with the mess…

Mindfulness

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Jon Kabat-Zinn has written some wonderful stuff on mindfulness.  This is a topic that is applicable to everyone, and I mean everyone.  I find it especially important for us who are struggling with a disability, no matter what that disability may be.  What Jon talks mainly about is gaining less stress through being aware of the moment you are in, when you are in that moment.  I encourage all to check it out!  You will gain strength from it.