October 2017

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Finding a passion

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

– Harriet Tubman Hon. Myrna Driedger D

o you have a passion that drives you, fills your days, and is often top of mind for you? Is your job or career your passion? Was raising your children your passion? When younger, was it a sport or hobby that you pur- sued with dogged determination? Or is volunteering your passion? Volunteering with an organiza- tion that you believe so strongly in that you gladly dedicate hours of your time helping that organi- zation?

Passion is the energy that moti-

vates us to do things and keeps us going. It’s what prevents us from giving up when the going gets tough. It’s ultimately the force that provides the power for us to succeed at work and in life. With-

What is your passion?

out passion, life would be pretty “beige”. Passion is what makes the difference between having a fulfill- ing and interesting life and just ex- isting. It empowers all of us to live better lives. Nelson Mandela once said, "There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are ca- pable of living." In my lifetime, I have probably

had several passions that have shaped my life and my career. But at the root of that passion is an unbounding desire to help people and to make a difference. Initially that desire manifested itself in my first career, that of a nurse. Being a nurse is the ultimate “helping” profession as nurses are respon- sible for the health and well-being of their patients for their entire

u 4 'An urge to help'

What creates downtown vibrancy? Stefano Grande


ecently I was as asked to tackle this ques- tion as a guest speaker of the Downtown Boise Association Annual General Meet-

ing. What I thought would be a quick 15-min- ute PowerPoint presentation became a deep-dive, soul-searching exercise that lasted for days! A vibrant downtown, as I understand it, is de-

fined differently by different people. I believe vi- brancy is the interaction between lots of diverse people in an incredible collection of unique places. A vibrant downtown is where people come home to, go to work or hang out with friends. The “lots of people” part is all about density:

people living, working, going to school or even shoppers and out of town visitors and convention

goers all hustling and bustling in a specific area. Vibrancy is not about the number of cars zipping by on the street, but the number of feet on the street, the number of transit riders on and off load- ing onto sidewalks, bikes whizzing by, and yes, even cars, looking for parking spots!

u 5 'Create more vibrancy' Think about nature's bountiful blessings, for example.

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

Krystal Simpson

gratitude. Reflections on gratitude can be found throughout human history in both religion and philosophy. Cicero, the ancient Roman political theorist and philosopher, asserted that gratitude was the mother of all virtues, one that may indeed hold the key to happiness. With the daily grind of everyday life, it’s easy to stop paying attention to the things around us. Think for a moment; when was the last time you recognized and acknowledged some of the simpler things in life – a good night’s sleep, the beautiful morning sun, the lighthearted chatter of a child or a gracious smile from a stranger. Notic- ing things one otherwise might take for granted is the first step in cultivating gratitude. Aphorisms like “count your blessings” or “look


on the bright side” permeate popular culture for a very good reason; it turns out that how one han- dles life’s challenges can have a profound effect on health and well-being. American psychology professor Robert Emmons, PhD, is considered

u 5 'Good things come'

ith Thanksgiving right around the cor- ner, this is the perfect time to explore the tremendous benefits of living with

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Gratitude – the gift you give to yourself

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