What’s the Worst That Could Happen?!

Last updated on April 5th, 2021 at 03:12 am

I dare you. I double dog dare you.

Next time you want to do something but you’re about to hesitate; when that irrational self-doubt creeps in and is about to stop you in your tracks, I want you to stop. I want you to stop what you’re doing and ask yourself one simple question:

What’s the worst that could happen?

What Are You Passionate About???

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 02:09 am

I’ve often asked and have been asked this question, and more often than not without fail, no one really has a great answer. You usually get a

“Well I like to do…” or

“I’m pretty good at…” or even

“People tell me I’m good at…”

Perhaps it’s our apologetic Canadian culture, but no. This is not passion. It doesn’t even seem close to passion for me.

You can often tell passion when you see it. When someone is passionately speaking about something, they do so with unchecked, unbridled emotion. It’s not manufactured, it’s not an act to pull the wool over your eyes—it’s there, they care, and if no one else on Earth did, they’d still care.

Carpe Diem (Nothing Lasts Forever)

Last updated on April 6th, 2021 at 12:13 pm

Nothing on this earth lasts forever.

This is one of those rules of life I usually take for granted (or even deny), but at times it will make itself more apparent to you than others.

For example, my office has seen a ton of change lately. Almost half of the staff has moved on from our office for various reasons, and this yields different effects:

  • Without replacements, everyone effectively has a 60% increase in their workloads
  • The dynamics of the office have changed greatly
  • It’s a very time-sensitive environment, so there’s still the pressure to perform

Was it easier when we were at full staff?

Sure.

Am I more tired from the increase in my workload?

Of course.

But am I still trying to ascribe to keep a positive outlook, filling in my hours each day with tasks designed to make me a better person?

Why wouldn’t I?

When we have to deal with changes—whether positive or negative—it shouldn’t change our outlook on life. Not an easy pill to swallow, but it’s true. You can spend your time being depressed, or you can just try to make the most of each day that’s given to you.

Nothing lasts forever. If you’ve got it good, enjoy yourself and be grateful for what’s going on around you. If things could be better, worry not—this too shall pass.

As for how to truly carpe diem (“seize the day” in Latin, in case you didn’t know)—that’s one I’m still trying to figure out. I hear a lot of “ifs” when people think about how they’d truly seize their days:

…if only I had a million dollars…

…if only I had more time…

…if only I didn’t have to work so much…

All I know is that my answer won’t involve any ifs… but that’s a discussion for another diem.

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