Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"Look More Closely - At Everything!"

Brooks Wetsuits Ltd., a well known local Drysuit and Water Paddle Sportwear manufacturer, just released one of their periodic newsletters to their customer base wherein they make reference to a story of mine that appeared in Diver Magazine Vol. 37 NO. 5.  The message is one worth sharing. Angela Lee wrote:

“Now Is Really All We Have”

As I admired a photo by Jett Britnell (www.jettbritnell.com) in the latest issue of Diver Magazine (www.divermag.com), something in the accompanying text caught my attention.
In his description of the photo and the process Jett went through to get it, he says ”the lesson we all learn eventually is to look more closely – at everything!” and this resonated with me, as my friend Ruth recently wrote a very compelling blog about the same idea.  http://lifecoachingwithruth.blogspot.ca/
We are all so busy with work, home life, kids, aging parents, extra-curricular activites, and the list goes on and on, that it is easy to get caught up in details pertaining to the future, all the while letting the present moment escape notice! 
On Tuesday, a customer dropped into our factory unexpectedly with a problem that he hoped we would be able to help him resolve.  We were busy.  We had orders that needed to get out the door, and this interruption had not been planned for.  However, we put on our friendly faces and started to work through things with this fellow.  One subject led to another, and another, and 45 minutes later, we were close to resolving his issue, had learned a lot more about him, and he had learned a lot more about us, our business, and new ways we could work together in the future.  It turned out to be a very pleasurable and interesting part of our day.  Despite the interruption we were easily able to meet our other commitments as well.  So, I was very glad that we had taken the time to really stop and listen to this customer and look more closely at the issue at hand. 
Eckhart Tolle, in his book “The Power of Now” said - “the present moment is all you ever have.  Make the Now the primary focus of your life.  Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.  Always work with it, not against it.  Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy.  This will miraculously transform your whole life.”
With all our day to day distractions, this is a challenge for most of us, but one worth pursuing!
Carpe Diem!
Angela Lee
Brooks Wetsuits Ltd.
1067 Churchill Cr
North Vancouver, BC Canada
V7P 1P9
1-888-986-3441 Toll Free
604-986-3441 Local
604-986-3443 Fax

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Winning!" - Wine Is Poetry In A Bottle.

Kathryn won 50 bottles of wine and one bottle of cognac at a golf tournament today. Ooooh yeah, we're good for the next 100 days or so ;)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Childhood Living.

Smith Falls, Ontario: This WWII North American Harvard airplane (433 Squadron) memorial stands beside the Rideau Canal locks in the middle of Victoria Park. It is a tribute to all the armed services people who learned to fly in them during the war. Prior to being re-located here, the plane was a derelict that stood in a lot right next door to my Aunt & Uncle's home. We would play for hours on end in it when we were kids. Inspired more fun and imagination than any XBOX game if you ask me.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Everything Looks Better In Black & White.

Celebrating five years of bliss together on the anniversary of the night we first met, the lovely Mrs. Kathryn Britnell enjoying a Vesper Martini tonight at Vancouver's Le Crocodile Restaurant. Thank you!, for choosing me to be your husband. ;) Songs never sounded better and wine never tasted sweeter since I met you. You add so much color to my life, dahhhling! XOXOXO

“Come in,” She Said, “I’ll Give You Shelter From The Storm.”

July 21, 2012: Five years ago today, when blackness was a virtue and the road ahead seemed full of mud, who struts into my life but the woman who has turned out to be both my best friend, and my one true love. I truly don’t think I could speak so endlessly positive about anyone else on this planet as much as I can about, my wife, Kathryn. The writer in me knows there are not enough words in any language that could fully describe her essence. Her love, warmth, compassion and charity towards others have no border, nor boundaries. She is the mother my son, Danen, deserved to have in his life and she cares about him as a mother does for a baby that she bares. I could not be luckier. I could not be happier. Tonight, I will toast and celebrate our good fortune with this remarkable woman and indulge in some fine dining at a fancy shmancy French restaurant in Vancouver that has become one of our guilty pleasures. These are, the best of times!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bob Dylan: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, October 12th, 2012.

“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the poet laureate of rock 'n' roll. The voice of the promise of the 60s counterculture. The guy who forced folk into bed with rock. Who donned makeup in the 70s and disappeared into a haze of substance abuse. Who emerged to find Jesus. Who was written off as a has-been by the end of the '80s, and who suddenly shifted gears releasing some of the strongest music of his career beginning in the late '90s. Ladies and gentlemen — Columbia recording artist Bob Dylan!”  

Earlier today, my darling young wife, scored us front row seats for this Dylan show!!!!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Diver Magazine: Our Elegant Shrimp Feature.

DIVER Magazine just ran this quick creature feature piece of ours in their Eau Canada parting shot section in the July 2012 issue.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Published! - Campbell River's Discovery Passage Diving Story.

Harbors - The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine has just published our story, "Campbell River's Discovery Passage", in their summer issue. Here's some quick & dirty screen captures from their online e-zine. I'm sure we'll receive our hard copy soon :)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Rolling Stones Celebrate 50 Years In Music!

Circa, 1963. The matching Tweed suits would eventually go.
July 12, 2012: My absolute favourite band, The Rolling Stones, will celebrate 50 years in the music business, marking the anniversary of their very first stage performance.
On July 12, 1962, Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones with three others played their first ever performance at The Marquee Club on Oxford Street, London, It was the first time they performed under the band name, The Rolling Stones. Childhood friends Jagger and Richards were just 18 years old at the time and Jones, who drowned in the swimming pool at his home in 1969, was 20-years-old.
On February 16, 2006, “The Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band in the World” played a free concert to the biggest public audience of their career, an estimated 1.5 million people, on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

After five epic decades of music and 29 studio albums that changed the world forever . . . The Rolling Stones  are gearing up to hit the road again in 2013!  And let’s hope, not for the last time. ;)