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Thursday, November 28, 2013

My Journey with James

His name is James Arthur Ray, he is one of the stars of the movie "The Secret".

In 2008, I got a chance to see him live in Las Vegas, and later on in Toronto. I can say that it was two life changing events for me.

In one of his training sessions a few years ago, tragedy happened and people died at his event. It was heartbreaking for me to hear that, and knowing James, I knew this was hard for him too. While watching CNN, I saw him taken to prison, and it was not a nice scene to see. I felt so bad for the families who lost their loved ones, and I felt sorry for James who experienced such a tragic event.

James has been out of prison since, and he just released his first blog. I am on his emailing list, and I received it a few days ago.

I just wanted to share it with you.

Here it is. Click here

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My Journey with a Difference Maker

I have been reading a few interesting books.

The one I am reading now is Andy Andrews' " The Noticer". What a great book!! I have read the author a number of years ago, and this one cought my attention. Mainly, the book says that there is no such thing as a dead end. It only takes a little "perspective" to recognize the miracles in our moments, the seeds of greatness tucked into our struggles.

The book really makes one think. Here is what I have been thinking about.


Let's say in an imaginary world, you meet someone on the street. He is begging for a few money to pay for his bus fare. You give him $3 (which is nothing for you, really). What you don't know is that, this man is a part time student about to do his final exam, but he has been out of cash because all his money goes to paying for his education

Thanks to you, he finds a way to go to his campus and do his exam (which he passes by the way). The guy ends up being a teacher, a really good one. In one of his lessons, he inspires his students to follow their dreams no matter what.

Let's say that, among his students, one in particular is so passionate about medicine. Thanks to his teacher's inspiration, he decides to follow his dream no matter what. He struggles a lot, but he finally becomes a doctor.

One day, out of the blue, the doctor decides to find the cure for cancer. People around him joke about it, saying that people have tried so many times in vain, there is no way he could do it. But, our doctor, remembering his teacher's advice a long time ago, he decides to believe in his dream.

Twenty years later, he finally succeeds. It took him twenty years of sacrifice, but his discovery ends up saving billions of lives. He is a real difference maker.

Now I have a question for you.

Is he really THE difference maker? Or, maybe we can give the credit to his teacher who inspired him to follow his dream no matter what? Think about that one! Or: is REALLY the teacher who deserves the credit, or is it YOU, who gave "the future teacher" the money he needed to go pass his exam so that he could become a teacher? I am just wondering who deserves the credit.

You see, your $3 ended up finding the cure for cancer many years later.

Oh, I forgot. We were in an imaginary world.

Next time I do a little act of kindness, as little as it may seem, I will know that my act can possibly make a huge difference for the humanity, or not. Who knows. But I will choose to do it anyways.

May you join me in believing that?

Moral of the story? Do you want to be a difference maker? Just check in your poctet and see if there is $3.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Journey to a New NBA Season

For Basketball fans, we are so glad the NBA season has started. It's not the high energy Playoffs games yet, but some games are worth watching. How about the double overtime Toronto-Houston? That was a heck of a game.

Some teams have been the surprise of the early season such as Philadelphia (many critics were saying that it would be the worse team of all this year), some of them have made a statement, like the undefeated Indiana Pacers, some others it is just business as usual, I am of course naming the Spurs who are just cruising.

How about Toronto? To tell the truth, I don't know. They have shown some good signs, but for some reasons I am still sceptical. The only positive I can see is the new General Manager. He has proven that he is the real deal. Let's wait and see.

For me, there are a few teams that I will be curious to watch. First there is Houston with Superman as their new Star, Brooklyn with Jason Kidd as a coach and the number of veterans they have now, and of course Miami who will be trying to win three championships in a roll.

For you non Basketball fans, I know that you may be sleeping by now. Be patient with me please, I will make my point very soon.

I think, the team that surprised most of the people was Boston. They got rid of most of all their Superstars and their very experienced coach. They even brough in a College Basketball coach with no NBA experience at all (So sorry Bertrand, your team will suck this year lol).

This is called rebuilding

In fact, they have done it before. After loosing many seasons (mostly for money saving), they brought in two big Superstars,  Ray Allen and Keving Garnett,  to add to the team. The same year they won a championship.

The rebuilding process can be long and painful. Doc Rivers, the coach who went through the first rebuilding a few years ago, did not want to relive the same experience this time. He is now coaching the Los Angeles Clippers. He said tha loosing so many games was so heartbreaking to live.

Don't you think that our lives sometimes need  a "rebuilding" process? As painful and long it could be, most of the times it is a necessary season so that we can be ready for the next "successful" new phase of our lives.

At least, this is the story that I daily tell myself.

Moral of the story? Do you want to start a new phase in your life? Just watch the NBA and you will get life lessons

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman