Why helping the downtrodden around the world helps us all

By Gerry Chidiac | April 18, 2019

When we carefully examine fear, we can see that it’s mostly irrational. Legitimate fear is a good thing, however, because it pushes us to eliminate actual dangers to our well-being. During the Cold War, the threat of a nuclear Armageddon was very real. Many of us took up the task of changing global conditions by…

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Turning your job into your mission in life

By Gerry Chidiac | April 11, 2019

A recent study said 47 per cent of Canadians are unhappy in their jobs. Many cite lack of pay as the main reason but it’s not the only factor. Many find the work environment difficult or say their work lacks meaning. Of course, leaving a job isn’t necessarily a good thing. It can take significant…

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We have an obligation to use our gifts for good

By Gerry Chidiac | April 4, 2019

As we go through life, we’re given many pieces of advice. Those that are most truthful tend to survive the test of time, and the best advice brings enduring happiness and a sense of peace. At an orientation social before I began my first assignment as a young teacher, I sang a song for an…

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What purpose do hatred and vengeance serve?

By Gerry Chidiac | March 28, 2019

I admit I’m only beginning to understand the concept of forgiveness. But I do know it’s a common thread in the lives of the people who I most deeply admire. I can imagine Nelson Mandela sitting in his tiny prison cell, fighting an internal battle to keep from losing hope. Somehow he came to the…

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New generation of women find their voices in politics

By Gerry Chidiac | March 20, 2019

Angela Merkel has announced that this will be her last term as German chancellor. This has created some concern, as many credit her with navigating her country, the European Union and even the global community through many stormy waters in recent years. When we look around the world, however, we see that there is no…

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We need not fear the voices of our children

By Gerry Chidiac | March 14, 2019

Nelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children.” American news and social media were recently stirred up by a video of children meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The video went viral. The children represented a youth organization known as the Sunrise Movement, which…

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We need to confront the history of slavery in Canada

By Gerry Chidiac | March 7, 2019

Newly-elected U.S. congressional representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said, “Until America tells the truth about itself, we’re not going to heal.” There’s reason to hope that America will heal. For instance, it’s very encouraging to see several Democratic presidential hopefuls include recognition of the impact of the slave trade and subsequent racist policies against the African-American…

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Taking responsibility for past wrongs and lifting a veil of secrecy

By Gerry Chidiac | February 28, 2019

The Dalai Lama recently stated, “I feel optimistic about the future because humanity seems to be growing more mature.” He specifically mentioned the increasing importance of inner values, the study of the mind and emotions, the desire for peace, and concern for the environment. What signs are there that the Dalai Lama is correct? A…

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Getting the most out of life by being your best

By Gerry Chidiac | February 21, 2019

For 30 years, Gillette used “The best a man can get” as its tagline. It sounded good and it appealed to the cultural standard of competition – the idea that to be a real man, you needed to be the best, even if it meant to win at all costs. Gillette advertisements showed how men…

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The lessons we can all learn from the brave women of the Congo

By Gerry Chidiac | February 14, 2019

Canadian Gen. Romeo Dallaire stated, “At its heart, the Rwandan story is the failure of humanity to heed a call for help from an endangered people.” It would be nice to believe that the world learned its lesson in Rwanda, where nearly one million people were slaughtered in roughly 90 days as the world stood…

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