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Humanity’s Tipping Point — Without a Return to Compassion, We’re Finished

Humanity’s Tipping Point — Without a Return to Compassion, We’re Finished

Human Liberation, Planetary Respect, and the Dissolution of Power Inequality The “…inability to recognize the notion of difference as a dynamic human force, one which is enriching rather than threatening to the defined self…” is the root of human prejudice. — Audre Lorde Back in 2017, Martha Beck shared a wonderful video that...

An Invitation to Experience Things As They Are in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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“Tranquillity in Disturbance Means Perfection”Chuang Tzu Since most of Canada went into “lockdown” in the middle of March, we have been witnessing the greatest disruption to society in the 21st-century. Everything has been called into question: economic stability; capitalism; populism; human rights; basic human freedoms; climate...

4 Questions to Determine What You Need to Let Go Of

4 Questions to Determine What You Need to Most Let Go Of

When you prioritize what’s most important, instead of what needs to get done, you reduce frustration and increase joy. Recently, I had a conversation with a friend and colleague. We got to talking about our work schedules and he told me that he’s changing how he works during the week. He will complete all client work and administration on Mondays...

How to Create Trust and Certainty in Challenging Times

How to Create Trust and Certainty in Challenging Times

The Covid-19 pandemic is social disruption like we’ve never seen before The Covid-19 Pandemic is challenging all of us to remain calm, to not slide into doubt, fear, and the darkness of depression, or worse, to lash out in frustration, anger, and desperation. You might even say, “Well, Darren, how could we not?” While some of us are more...

Owning the Problem Is the Nature of Personal Responsibility

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If we don’t work on ourselves to understand our true nature, we will never understand human nature in others Personal responsibility is the practice of managing our ego and recognizing that not doing so is a lack of self-awareness, and thus limiting of one’s personal growth and social well-being. When you realize that the ego prefers excuses as a...

Timeless Wisdom in a Pandemic: Give Up the Need for Control

GIVE UP THE NEED FOR CONTROL

A Meditation on Verse 20 of the “Tao Te Ching” — what it can tell us about the COVID-19 Pandemic Do you want to improve the world?I don’t think it can be done. The world is sacred.It can’t be improved.If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it. There is a time for being ahead,a time for being...

Canadian Gay Conversion Therapy Survivor, Matt Ashcroft

Canadian Gay Conversion Therapy Survivor, Matt Ashcroft

A Think Queerly Leadership Interview — TQ123 “Conversion therapy is the false belief that diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or gender expressions are illnesses that can be cured through “treatment”. This backwards belief is an abusive and harmful practice that preys on the LGBTQ2+ community, and in particular LGBTQ2+ children...

Inspiration Comes from Within But Support Comes from Other Minds

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An invitation to ‘play’ in my Queer Creatives Mastermind Program A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled, Why the World Needs Queer Creativity Now More Than Ever. I started that post with a quote, which is worth repeating: “If you are on a mission to discover what you have to offer, and to bring it out into the world, every moment...

If You Had a Message to Your Younger, Queer Self, What Would it Be?

If You Had a Message to Your Younger, Queer Self, What Would it Be

In August 2019, for the second year in a row, I attended Fierté Montreal Pride with my partner, Christiaan. Montreal Pride has an energy to it that is unique and quite different from Toronto Pride. I don’t know anything about the politics (other than the history of two competing Pride Festivals for several years until one organization finally...

Furthering my Research into the Development of Queer Leadership

Research into the Development of Queer Leadership

An invitation to take part in my leadership questionnaire and have your say! If you’re a follower of my work on Th-Ink Queerly, you will know that I have been speaking about or making reference to “Queer Leadership” for the last several months. The idea of a Queer Leadership started as a seed in my mind when I took part in a 5-month coaching...

Darren is a leadership coach in Toronto, Canada who helps his clients to connect and embrace their uniqueness and freely create the life they want. He writes and podcasts regularly about Queer Leadership.