Why Are Some People More Resilient Than Others?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Have you ever wondered what separates those rare individuals who are able to step forward after trauma and adversity from those of us who are stunted, derailed, or in some way consumed by similar life circumstances or events? As a society, we tend to gravitate to the "bounce back" narrative so often espoused in the media, and one that is particularly true of the stories most commonly shared on social media.

Highly Resilient People Do More Than Just Bounce Back

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

If you drop me, I bounce. In fact, as crazy as that sounds, for much of my life it certainly felt like that was true. As is the case with far too many children around the world, I grew up in a violent home and it was within this violence that a nascent spirit of resilience began to germinate.

How Miss Colombia And Miss Universe Can Overcome Pageant Gaffe

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

We may not get to choose the bad surprises that befall us, but we definitely get to choose how we handle these experiences. If we use them as opportunities for personal growth, we'll always come out as winners.

What I Learned From PTSD

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

So, is there a lesson in PTSD for all of us? Yes, most definitely. If abandoned in fear, past trauma has a way of writing itself into your future like a voracious virus, but if you are willing to face it head on, you may find yourself attuned to the lesson of growth within its whisper.

It's Never Too Late to Acquire "Grit"

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Is there a blueprint for "cultivating grit," and are there steps you can take right now to build it within your life? These are questions that come up a lot whenever I give a talk on overcoming adversity, so I thought I would share a few of my strategies with you.

The Best Ways to Stay in the Present

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

If you always want to be somewhere else or be someone else, you'll lose sight of the fact that "peace is in the present. Thus, I have developed three techniques to place me squarely in the here and now and anchor me there.

The Summit of Cho Oyu, Part 2: Between Life and Death

Elia Saikaly | Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada
Elia Saikaly

Imagine being in total darkness, knowing if you fall you die, and being so completely out of breath and energy that you can only move forward an inch at a time. I'm wasted. Finished. Out of energy. My only savior at this point is the sun.

Summiting Tibet's Mount Cho Oyu (Part I)

Elia Saikaly | Posted 12.17.2011 | Canada
Elia Saikaly

The reality here is this: People die on 8,000-meter mountains and it is irresponsible not to have a plan in place in the event that something goes wrong. I found myself packing all of my gear as though I was never going to return.

Tragedy High Above the Clouds

Elia Saikaly | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada
Elia Saikaly

Hardship Never-Ending

Elia Saikaly | Posted 12.07.2011 | Canada
Elia Saikaly

Giving Up on a Dream to Save a Life

Elia Saikaly | Posted 12.01.2011 | Canada
Elia Saikaly

Why Challenge Ourselves?

Elia Saikaly | Posted 11.07.2011 | Canada
Elia Saikaly

It's that time of year again when uncertainty takes precedence over all that is routine, familiar and predictable. No matter how many times one embark...