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Back to my home province this week to speak to Mosaic Potash Belle Plaine Supervisor group. I spent two days with a great group of people! We are blessed to have potash in our province and these men and women work hard to bring it to the world.
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Sunny Vancouver

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Spent last week in the gorgeous Vancouver on the 39th floor of the RBC building which overlooks the harbour. Wow! It was +7 degrees Celsius — the weather was so wonderful. It was fun to see people in Vancouver walking around with parkas and toques feeling cold. It was -20 with the wind chill the morning I left.

Thank You

One of my favorite quotes is:
“If there is such a thing as a spiritual shortcut it probably lies in those two magic words found in the human language: thank you. The ability to recognize the good things in life and express gratitude for them is the most direct path to happiness.”

Are we good at being grateful for the things in our lives? It is easy to do when things are going well but what about when they are not? I have found one of the greatest ways to reset myself during a difficult time is to say “thank you”.

One of the greatest ways I have to be kind to others is the same, say “thank you”.
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Darci Lang’s Attitude Booster: November 2015

First World Problems
by Darci Lang, Speaker and Author

I checked into my hotel with a group of travelers who were all tired and delayed due to fog. The front desk staff told us we had two choices “a newly renovated room that will smell of glue and will likely give you a headache – or an older room”. I opted for the older room. She added, “Oh, and…when you wake up and look out of your window, the construction next door will make you think you were looking at a war zone!”

The next morning as I pulled the curtains back, it did indeed look like a war zone. The building had been demolished and there was rock and debris everywhere. It was so ugly that it was unsettling. I stood there looking out that window reflecting on what it would be like to wake up in a country where this was your view. It made me tear up.

There was a lot of complaining at the convention — the delays, the rooms and the awful weather. Luckily, I was blessed to be the opening speaker… I reminded this group that even though we had all experienced 10%s, we needed to see the 90%s. I asked if anyone had looked out of their window that morning. Most nodded that they had. I asked them what it would be like to look out a window every day in a country where that was their view. Millions wish for the lives we have in Canada. People die trying to come and live here.

There are so many 90%s — a bed to sleep in, a roof over our head and non-stop convention food. I reminded them that although we had many 10%s, they were not what my daughter calls “first world problems”. We need to be so grateful for all of those who fought for us to have this incredible life in Canada.

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This is my late Grandpa John aka…Pop. Thank you Pop for coming to Canada and fighting for me so I don’t open a curtain to a war zone every day.

10%s First

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Just like you, there are 10%s in my job I do not like. I always make it a rule to do what I don’t like FIRST. I am a list maker and I make my list for the day then I immediately do what I dislike doing, first. I find if I don’t do it right away I spend time avoiding it and carrying that task into the next day…and then the next day. Doing the 10% first allows me to move to the parts of my job I do love. Because I really I love 90% of what I do. Try it. Make your list for the day and immediately tackle what you don’t like first. The rest of the day is spent doing what you love!

A Great Idea!

I checked into the hotel recently and the carpets in the hallway looked super dirty. The rest of the hotel is nice and clean.

I noticed they have these signs up everywhere.

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What a great idea! If you know people are going to be “focusing on the 10%s” and might notice and comment on the carpets, why not address it!

Throw Money At It.

I was working with a group of farmers and one the men said, “If you can throw money at it, it isn’t a problem.”

Of course his point was once you have your health and your family is healthy, everything else can be solved. Interesting reflection.

Best Ever Idea

Instead of putting my family in my contact list on my phone under their first name, I have put them under special headings. My husband is his nick name, our daughter is “best girl ever” etc. It makes me smile when a call is coming in from them and their special name shows on my screen.

Stolen Goods

My camera and video camera were stolen while we were at a hockey tournament. I put them in a corner poolside while I watched the boys on the waterslide and when I returned, our camera and video camera were gone. Of course, I spent days trying to track down the person who took them. I offered a reward if they would just return the memory cards, etc. Luckily I had most of it backed up on the computer (which I now do more regularly!).

But what was especially interesting, were people’s responses when I told them what happened. It varied from “you just can’t trust anyone these days” to “well I guess someone needed that camera more than you did.” How would you respond?