Silly Love Songs

March 4, 2012

Do you think there are too many silly love songs?

Or do you believe that music is the universal language that unites humanity, heart-to-heart, voice to voice with a unison so pure and powerful that even walls that divide come tumblin’ down?

I offer two samples to share this in the spirit of celebrating life and its infinite possibilities for love.

I present two musical numbers. They are both songs of love but not in the narrow sense of the experience.

The first music celebrates the love freedom. The exquisite beauty of a human right many of us take for granted.

The second piece opens the heart to a deep abiding love that embraces us when we experience a loss of what we hold to be dear and close. It has been said that if one loves deeply enough then both joy and sorrow will be experienced. Or as Elvis cautioned, “Wise men say, only fools fall in love.” What greater celebration of love than to be okay that sometimes when we love, it hurts. Stay with it and give thanks for full range of love that is about being human.

LINK ONE – THE POLITICAL

I am excited to share this inspiring trailer for a newly released movie called the Singing Revolution. This documentary tells the extraordinary story of the non-violent path the small country of Estonia took to free itself from Soviet occupation. What a mass choir of committed voices who sing from the same song sheet can do.

Click Here to View How Music Changed One Corner of the World

LINK TWO – THE PERSONAL

Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings Opus 11 is arguably the World’s Saddest Love Song

Take a moment to experience this hauntingly beautiful violin or choir selection either with eyes closed or by viewing both with different slides.

Version 1 – Choir with Nature/Space Slides

Version 2 – Orchestra with 9-11 Photos


What is Your Emergency?

September 9, 2009

What is your Emergency? If you have ever heard that question then there’s a good chance that you or someone you care about needs help. The expectation of the nameless operator at the other end of the phone is that they will set the wheels in motion, quite literally, to get you the best team of professionals as fast as safely possible to be on your side.

The reassuring voice you hear is a 911 operator – a highly trained professional who deals with tragedy and trauma daily, in fact 24/7. Their role is to stay calm, cool and collected and handle your safety or life threatening situation in professional manner. Imagine the stories of human tragedy they encounter. Imagine the stress. Most people haven’t the faintest idea what kind of dedication is at the heart of a 911 operator’s career choice. Here is only one example from only one evening at work.

In my former role as violence prevention trainer with the Nova Scotia Government I used an actual recording of a 911 call in training sessions to demonstrate the impact on children who witness violence. The tape came from my colleagues in Boston where such calls are admissible as court evidence. Nova Scotia rolled out a similar progressive family violence prosecution policy in 1996 and I was on the team that trained the justice system professionals.

The 5 minute excerpt of this call to emergency services was placed by a 6 year old girl named Lisa. While Lisa is talking to the 911 operator, we can hear a man and woman screaming in the background as an assault is taking place. Lisa yells down the hall, “Don’t hurt the baby.” The 911 operator remains singularly focused and calms Lisa down while doing what she was trained to do. Lisa courageously responds to very adult, and potentially life saving questions that make the response team’s job safer and easier. Questions like: Are there any weapons in the house? How many people are there and what do they look like? What part of the house are they in? The operator encourages Lisa to stay on the line while reassuring her over and over that help is on the way. Listening to this recording has made even the burliest police officer in my training session tear up. The police arrived and the assailant was arrested safely and charged. Just another a day in the life of an unsung hero at work.

I am inspired to sing 911 operators praises because I am irate that a man in the news from beautiful Cape Breton takes them very much, and dangerously, for granted. This man has been investigated for calling 911, now get this, 875 times in the last 2 months. He’s been arrested, his landline disconnected, and charged under the Emergency 911 Act for, “placing false, frivolous and vexatious calls.” It’s against the law for a very good reason! What a waste of precious time that might be needed elsewhere (every call must be responded to, yes all 875 in the last 60 days) and what a waste of taxpayers money. My anger is only tempered by the suspicion that this man must be dealing with significant mental health challenges.

911 operators are unsung heroes by definition because they receive little recognition or gratitude because they do the good work behind the scenes. It’s one thing to take them for granted and quite another to abuse their time.

Your 911 operator is your neighbor, your bus mate, a soccer mom, a hockey Dad, the person who sings behind you in church and your fellow shopper looking for the sales. Yet when these special people put on the headset and plug into the phone system they get down to business with efficiency and a cool collected professionalism that is to be admired and respected. They are the front line unsung heroes of an emergency service that never sleeps and they deserve our thanks.

The irony is we could thank them in person right now by dialing just 3 numbers but that is illegal, and rightly so. So please, both you and your kids, think of all the 911 Operators with a grateful heart the next time you pick up your phone or hear a siren in your neighborhood. It’s a small but important way that we can sing the praises of all the unsung heroes out there dedicated to our safety.

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True Case of Inspireitus

May 12, 2009

When was your last case of inspireitus, where your heart swelled up with inspiration and you were moved to tears?

I recently had the honour of offering my Unsung Heroes closing keynote at the annual convention of a national home care organization. As part of the speech, I reflect back to the audience some of the compelling stores of service excellence. Here’s what was shared. I got half through before the incredible compassion woven into these lives triggered my Inspireitus and I was deeply moved.

Compelling Stories of Unsung Heroes in Home Care

1. A 93 year old lady has received footcare at home by our staff for quite some time. She is known in her community for baking items and taking them to new residents as a welcome. She was recently frightened by a home invasion and was questioning whether staying alone was in her best interest. She did not want to go into long term care. Our staff now stays with this lady 24 hours/day 7 days a week and she is thrilled with the service. She is able to remain in her home with our assistance and continues to be a very active senior and baker.

2. A Mom aged 43 struggling with her second round of breast cancer. The palliative team made it possible for her to die in the comfort of home with her kids ages 13 and 15 and husband by her side. Her husband was in denial and worked long hours leaving a lot of responsibility to the two boys who had been doing care duties but could now focus on grieving her loss and not worry about her care. The care worker went above the call of duty and prepared school lunches, drove kids to school, etc. The mom took her caregivers hand and uttered the following last words to her angel caregiver before she died, “Thank you for taking care of my kids.”

3. Young soldiers that have been injured in Afghanistan and require dressing changes – they would need to go to the base hospital if our nurses did not go to their homes, thus causing additional pain and more pain control medication – these are wounds that none of our nurses have ever seen before. One care nurse stopped by to dress and pack the wound of a 23 year old foot soldier amputee on November 11, Remembrance day. He was distraught because he thought he had let his comrades down and his dreams to be a police officer were gone. The care worker stayed an extra 6 hours comforting him before a base social worker could relieve her.

I couldn’t get through these stories with out swelling up with gratitude for the unsung heroes who care and nurture thousands of folks like these every day. Salt of the earth, genuine, behind the scenes, everyday unsung heroes.

Here is how one home care professional described their role:

“Our is an agency that has both Personal Support Workers and Nurses that are here to assist you with your aging parents, your newborn babies, your disabled teenagers and everyone in between.  Depending on your needs, we escort you to appointments and programs so that you are not alone.  We cook your meals and clean your home so that you are safe and well fed.  We can give you a warm shower and make hygienic practices that could be embarrassing a little more comfortable for you, because when you look good, you feel good.  We remind you to take your medications and vitamins because we want you to be healthy. We can play board games, read books, make crafts and go for walks because we want you to enjoy our time together.  But above all, we are good listeners and companions.  If you are safe, happy and warm at the end of the day, we’ve done our job.”

I have no more words I’ll just let my Inspired Lachryosis (Swelling up of tears) respond.

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All the World’s a Stage

September 15, 2008

Do you belong to a professional association, service group or social club? Have you ever sat in a meeting of your organization and marvelled at the depth and breadth of experience and stories.
I recently returned from Vancouver and the annual convention of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. I have the honour of being a professional member and serve on the Board of the Halifax chapter.

The three day event was chock a block full of presenters sharing their stories that influence others to change, grow, love, profit, etc. Extraordinary people living extraordinary lives bringing inspiration, hope and a “yes we can” attitude to life. They represent an amazing cross section of life and experiences.

Here are a few of the speakers.

Alvin Law from Calgary, a man born with no arms. I sat in the board meeting astonished as he pulled out his laptop onto the floor and began typing notes in between sips of coffee. All done with his feet.

Victora Deobald, a young woman from Edmonton who shared her personal struggle with anorexia and how she offers dynamic self esteem speeches in the youth market.

Ronnie Muhl, my outward adventure South African colleague who got to within 150 metres of Mount Everest and chose to turn around valuing life more than victory at all costs. You may recall the story this past May of the Everest climber who was left for dead. This was Ronnie’s expedition who helped.

Mary Taylor from Toronto, a retired exotic dancer with 20 years experience who’s Peel and Play seminars are a huge hit with women to help them with self esteem.

Cary Mullen, olympic skier who stilll holds the world record and wiped out on the hill receiving a deep concussion that was so bad he couldn’t read for endless months without getting ill. He discovered an alternative cure in one treatment and has recovered to be a dynamic speaker on doing your best.

Very different worlds of experience but one thing in common that I admire. Each and everyone honours the power of the spoken word to help others realize that their best self is awaiting to play and succeed.

We dont need to be on the stage to share our inspirations. All the worlds a stage so go tell your story or listen to anothers for the gems of wisdom that can make life worth while.

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