Julie Tkachuk

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F. E. A. R.

Posted on 10 January, 2020 at 17:05

One of my favorite stories goes like this:

A wise man, sitting beneath a tree, sees the spirit of the plague pass by. The wise man asks, "Where goest thou?" to which the spirit of the plague answers, "I go to Benares where I will slay 1,000 people." A month later, on his return trip, the spirit of the plague once again passes the wise man who exclaims, "You said you would slay 1,000 – I hear 10,000 died!"...

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What DO You Believe?

Posted on 16 December, 2019 at 11:05

In The Dark Side of the Enlightenment, author John V. Fleming writes, “The great impediment to human progress …was not incapacity, but mental timidity or cowardice, the fear of independent thinking and fear's vicious sibling, a comfortable habit of settling for second-hand authority.”


Fear of independent thinking and settling for second-hand authority looks like: following the advice of others; copying how others ...

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How's Your Health?

Posted on 28 November, 2019 at 10:30

As my sister was being moved into palliative care, I offered to ask people to pray for her and bring her some books on spiritual healing. Her response was that she never felt like her life needed healing. I was shocked. Here was a woman dying of cancer, not willing to do other than follow doctors’ orders. After she died, I had time to reflect on her life. I realized that, like each of us, my sister was on her own journey … and our journeys were very, very different....

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Wake Up!

Posted on 19 November, 2019 at 11:45

Are you awake? No, not the wake up in the morning, get out of bed and grab a coffee way but rather this kind of awake: Buddha was asked if he was a God. He said no, I am not a God. He was asked if he was an angel. His reply was no, I am not an angel. What then are you, he was asked? I am awake was his response.


 

“Awake” means being completely in the present moment. It means looking deeply within yourself for...

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Stay in Your Own Lane

Posted on 5 November, 2019 at 14:10

I was out for a walk one day this summer and I noticed a father and his two young sons riding their bikes. In single file, dad at the back, the youngest son in the middle and the older son quite far in front, they looked like they were having a good time. Then, the youngest boy turned around to look at his father and enthusiastically yelled, “Dad! Look how fast Trevor is going!” Almost immediately after those words came out of his mouth, he lost his balance and fell...

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Lessons Learned from Difficult Relationships

Posted on 24 May, 2019 at 13:25

Relationships have been both the bane and joy of my existence. I have suffered tremendously in them, yet I have also experienced great joy as a result of my connection with others.


My greatest teachers were the people closest to me – my parents, partners, children, close friends and bosses. And each of them has taught me something wonderful. For example, my two children have provided me with opportunity after opportunity (and in way...

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Create a Life That Has Meaning

Posted on 12 March, 2019 at 13:15

Leadership expert Warren Bennis says, “We must think carefully about our paths before we set out on them, for by the time a person discovers that his path ‘has no heart,’ the path is ready to kill him. At that point few of us have the courage to abandon the path, lethal as it may be, because we have invested so much in it, have become so successful at it, and to choose a new path seems dangerous, even irresponsible, and so we continue dutifully, if joylessly a...

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Finding Your One True Love

Posted on 1 February, 2019 at 16:45

“Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can’t see anything wrong with each other.” – Ren Yasenek


February is heart month. When I think of the heart, I think of love. Yes, I know it is a muscle. Yes, I know it needs to keep beating and pumping blood for me to stay alive. But maybe it’s our love muscle. Maybe our ability to give and receive love determines the condition of our hea...

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Relax and Allow What You Want to Come to You

Posted on 17 January, 2019 at 10:20

Quite some time ago I purchased a small gift for a friend. It was something I also wanted and had thought of keeping for myself. But this friend and I were meeting for coffee and I decided I wanted her to have it. I was excited about giving it to her because I knew it was something she wanted. She was very happy to receive the gift and we both laughed loud and hard as she immediately handed me a box that contained the very same gift. Our small but meaningful gifts to each othe...

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Miracles Happen All the Time

Posted on 20 November, 2018 at 17:10

The things we receive often come to us in ways that boggle the mind. Miracles we call them, occurrences that have no logical explanation, events that contradict all known laws. Yet Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, published in 1984, defined miracles as, “A divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law.” To think that miracles only take place occasionally is a mistake. Miracles are a natural phenomenon and ...

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