Creating your own happiness

Creating your own happiness

The word happiness gets thrown around quite a bit these days. But where do you look for happiness? If you are like most people, you often think it’s just around the corner; in the next car, in the new boat, in the bigger house, the promotion, or when you retire....
Elizabeth’s Retiring

Elizabeth’s Retiring

I’m specifically aware of retirement because my wife, Elizabeth, after 42 years at Queen’s University, is retiring today. So things are different, hopefully better, but different. After all, there’s no gold watch, like there was in our parents’ generation. Retirement...
Enjoying the Simple Pleasures in Life

Enjoying the Simple Pleasures in Life

Sometimes we make dramatic plans that are expected to bring happiness into our lives right away. Often this is merely wishful thinking.But the simple pleasures in life are what we can count on to give us continuous joy. When we appreciate and enjoy the simple things,...
Letting Go of Perfection 

Letting Go of Perfection 

Last week we tried to define perfection. But let’s face it – perfection is unachievable, plain and simple. Striving for perfection can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, stress, and at its most extreme suicidal thoughts. And if that’s not...
Striving for  Perfection?

Striving for Perfection?

There is a kind of beauty in imperfection. ~Conrad Hall What does perfection even mean? Is it something that really exists? Let’s take a look at the official definition. The dictionary definition of perfection is: “the condition, state, or quality of being free or as...