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Best Advice from Dr. Maya Angelou

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

This is probably one of my favourite pieces of advice.  Not only is the content outstanding, it’s the way in which Maya shares it that makes me smile and remember the importance of looking after self.

A great reminder for us all…see what you think.

Weekday Vegetarian

Posted on: May 17th, 2011 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Decreasing meat consumption is something that many are now trying to do.  Whether for health, the environment or economical reasons, more and more people are trying to make this change.  Graham Hill discusses this concept with an interesting idea that works for the conscientious individual who would still like to indulge from time to time.


Don’t Let Disease Divorce us from our Dreams

Posted on: February 27th, 2011 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman


If you haven’t checked out the TED talks, it is a must.This is a wonderful resource where individuals share their stories on a huge range of topics.TED talks are all about promoting “ideas worth sharing” and I stumbled across a wonderful story.

Charity Tillemann-Dick, had a lung condition that inhibited her from doing what she loved, singing.Her struggle with the debilitating physical condition is contrasted with the emotional journey of being given limitations.Her message is, “we need to stop letting disease divorce us from our dreams; when we do, we will find that patients don’t just survive, they will thrive.”And thrive she does, singing opera after a double lung transplant.

She is not only a phenomenal operatic singer, but a fantastic women with a story that is very much worth sharing.Enjoy!

Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy

Posted on: June 17th, 2010 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

I recently came across a YouTube sketch that was worth watching. It’s easy to spend time watching random clips and usually after the fact, I wonder why I spent the time, but not with this one…this one was memorable.

Generally, many of the comedic clips I have seen are filled with sarcasm, criticism and general negativity. So when I stumbled across this sketch, I was pleased with the uplifting and inspiring message.

Louis C.K. is a comedian and talks about how many of us in North America are dissatisfied when really, everything that we have going on for us is amazing.

How many of you have thought, “I have no reason to feel this way…I have everything going for me.” Or maybe, “I don’t understand why I am so unhappy when I finally received what I was hoping for….” It’s a conundrum.

I once had a housemate who was from Kenya. We were both living in Germany with a host family. My housemate was apart of an exchange program in the community with 5 other individuals who were all from The United States or Canada. They were all to receive a thank you gift for their contribution and able to request it. Many of the requests were iPods, cameras, electronic type things that were fairly large and expensive. But this Kenyan man, blew me away when he asked for a flashlight. A flashlight. I smiled and asked him why. He said his dad’s truck no longer had working lights and this way, he could strap it to the hood of the truck and this would enable his father to drive at night. Wow. The simplicity, the sheer practicality and kindness of his request still moves me. He got his flashlight and he was so happy. I don’t know if the other exchange kids received their requests, but I doubt they would have been as happy and as proud as my friend was with his flashlight.

This story and the YouTube sketch remind me to appreciate what I have. We are constantly looking to receive the latest new technology, uploading things quicker, having the next model…it really rips the gratitude out of living when you’re never satisfied with what you have.

I hope you enjoy this sketch as much as I do and hopefully it inspires you to be happy in this amazing time.

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