Suffering and death have meaning … of the deepest significance

By Gerry Chidiac | August 2, 2018

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote, “It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.” It should be no surprise that the writings of Dostoyevsky had a profound influence on Viktor Frankl, the Austrian Jewish psychiatrist, as he faced life in Nazi concentration camps. Dostoyevsky endured horrendous suffering in a Siberian…

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Parents have the power to release their child’s remarkable inner gifts

By Gerry Chidiac | July 26, 2018

When asked how important family has been on his life journey, motivational speaker Nick Vujicic replied, “It was the most important factor. I’m very thankful that they loved me, challenged me to never give up, try new things, and often gave me godly advice.” What is unique about Vujicic is that he was born without any arms…

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Christy Brown (and others)

By Gerry Chidiac | July 24, 2018

When asked how important family has been on his life journey, motivational speaker Nick Vujicic (VOO-yee-cheech )replied, “It was THE most important factor.  I’m very thankful that they loved me, challenged me to never give up, try new things, and often gave me godly advice.” What is unique about Vujicic is that he was born…

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Life is like playing baseball

By Gerry Chidiac | July 19, 2018

Former Toronto Blue Jays all-star Jesse Barfield recently tweeted, “The only person I want to be better than is the person I was yesterday.” There’s tremendous depth to this statement and it’s interesting that it came from someone who was arguably one of the best of all time to play his position. Barfield was the…

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B.C. moves to embrace the essence of good government

By Gerry Chidiac | July 12, 2018

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Though the origin of this statement is debated, its essence beautifully summarizes the ideals of our democracy and the importance of freedom of speech. While I have my opinions on certain issues, I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate…

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Kindness should be at the heart of all relationships

By Gerry Chidiac | June 28, 2018

Feminist writer Emma Goldman said, “No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” No more challenging words have ever been written for educators. The relationships that educators have with students is…

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Embrace the moment, regardless of the circumstances

By Gerry Chidiac | June 21, 2018

When saying goodbye to people, I’ll often add: “And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” While I’ve always been aware this phrase was giving people something significant to ponder, I didn’t know its history. It’s actually attributed to Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher. In 1994, Jon Kabat-Zinn expanded on this idea in…

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The message matters: we are what we watch and listen to

By Gerry Chidiac | June 14, 2018

It’s a challenging time to be a man or a boy. Looking at how we’re presented in the media, are we supposed to be superheroes with unbelievable biceps, gigolos or buffoons? Are we supposed to be sports superstars, rock stars or business moguls? It’s no easier to be a woman or a girl. Is today’s…

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It is a challenging time to be a man or a boy

By Gerry Chidiac | June 12, 2018

Looking at how we are presented in the media, are we supposed to be superheroes with unbelievable biceps, gigolos or buffoons?  It is no easier to be a woman or a girl.  Is today’s Hollywood standard of feminine beauty really one’s most valuable attribute? Never before have we been so surrounded by media, confusing us…

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Paving the way with quiet dignity

By Gerry Chidiac | June 7, 2018

It’s unfortunate that we often forget the people who come second. Jackie Robinson is rightly honoured as the first African American to play Major League Baseball. Today, all players wear number 42 on April 15, the day that Robinson broke the colour barrier in 1947. We often forget that Robinson, who played for the Brooklyn…

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