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Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “kindness

A Manger’s Long Shadow

Posted on December 24, 2015

HE APPROACHED US LAST FRIDAY morning during the Day of Giving that Bell Media was running for the London Food Bank. The downtown market was busy but somehow he seemed familiar. He dropped his three bags of groceries into the waiting bin, stopped for a moment, and said quietly to me, “Thanks for all you’re doing for folks. I’ve had to use the food bank during some of the worst moments of my life and I just felt I had to give back.” I asked him for his phone number so we could talk later and then he was off. When we finally connected later in the day, he told me of how his parents had been killed in a car accident when he…

Christmas and the Art of Making Goodness Attractive

Posted on December 22, 2015

WE AREN’T FORCED INTO DOING GOOD. Nor are we legislated or coerced into performing a kind act for others. Rather, we are inspired into it. It might be a holiday song wafting through a favourite store, a Salvation Army kettle attended by a citizen, seeing our kids start decorating the tree, watching a favourite holiday movie, or standing silent as a family looking over a manger scene in our local park – all of these moments, and so many more, arc us towards kindness, generosity, to be more accepting, even committed to being a more compassionate people. But somewhere along the journey we encounter others who call out the best in us and we end up being better as a result. And whether we…

Picking Up Where We Left Off

Posted on January 1, 2015

“DOING NOTHING ACCOMPLISHES NOTHING,?gains nothing, changes nothing, and wins nothing. You have to make a move,” says author Richelle Goodrich, and it’s true. But opting to make moves out of the ordinary carries it owns risk of failure. And then comes New Years and the renewing of the old tradition of making resolutions to make the coming year something more than the last. Maybe surprisingly, the most common resolutions haven’t changed much in decades. Here were the top resolutions of 1947, according to a wide-ranging Gallup Poll: Improve my disposition, be more understanding, control my temper Improve my character, live a better life Stop smoking, smoke less Save more money Stop drinking, drink less Be more religious, go to church oftener Be more efficient,…

Moving Beauty

Posted on September 23, 2013

I already have Jane’s tea made, waiting for her to wake up on her birthday.? We’ll go for lunch at our favourite restaurant and then likely catch a movie tonight.? But in sitting here waiting for her to get up, I realize my heart is filled with the kind of anticipation I have felt with her for years.? We’ll have tea on the porch swing shortly and that anticipation will only deepen. There’s a beauty about Jane that is purely multi-dimensional.? She possesses it in the physical sense, naturally, but it quickly leaps from there to other realities. Khalil Gibran, one of her favourite authors, notes that, “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”? Well, that’s a beginning,…