Seeking Our True Image

“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” In Walt Disney’s animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the evil Queen (AKA She Who Contributes to Giving Stepmothers a Bad Rap) takes to a dark chamber on the daily and summons “the Slave in the Magic Mirror” to answer this […]

Living From the Inside Out

When I was a kid, I was quite the little sprinter. In grade seven I could outrun most of my classmates, even the boys (but please don’t ask for a rematch, Robbie Brown). In relay races at track meets, I was often placed in the “anchor leg” position to help our team make up ground or […]

The Day I Did Not Answer the Door

It was a Tuesday, just past noon. I sat at my trusty computer desk eating leftovers and skimming People.com. I hadn’t yet showered, which means that my hair looked like a winning cross between Dog the Bounty Hunter and Canadian magician Doug Henning. I was enjoying a few moments of down-time in the midst of a […]

Like Holding a Balloon

In my work as a counsellor, it’s pretty common to find myself sitting across from someone who is feeling less than fantastic. Whether they describe feeling “blue” or “blah” or “bad,” depression is often the thing that leads people to my office door. Most of the time, the people I meet with are just experiencing the […]

Finding Joy in the Moment

I once asked a client, “What brings you joy?” I could almost hear the sound of crickets chirping as I waited for the reply. “What do you mean?” the client finally asked. I did my best to define joy and offered up some examples of things within eyeshot that had recently made me feel joyful: […]