Susan Stewart - inspirational speaker

Crisis Or Opportunity? It Depends On How You Look At It…

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The Chinese character used for the word, “crisis”, is the same character used for the word, “opportunity”. When I discovered that fact, I thought it was rather appropriate because those two experiences are synonymous. As I scan my life for those times when the !@#$ hit the fan, I see how it was also some […]

Susan Stewart - inspirational speaker

Try Giving Up All Hope

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Hope gets a great deal of good publicity. At face value, to hope indicates an intrepid spirit who is relentless in their pursuit of happiness. We are taught that it’s the one thing we will always have and to never give it up. It even floats. It may come with a much shinier facade, but […]

Susan Stewart - inspirational speaker

Resistance Is Futile…and at the core of anything you are stressed out about.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

“When the resistance is gone, so are the demons.” – Pema Chödrön, nun/author/Buddhist teacher The last time I published a blog was last June. As a writer, that blog-post-per-capita figure is somewhat alarming. The fact that I didn’t post a blog in the summer is not a big deal to me because I spent most […]

Susan Stewart - inspirational speaker

The Balance Between Gratitude & Managing Expectations

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

After I sent out a tweet this morning, someone on Facebook commented on the message by saying, “Susan, you sound like you have such an amazing life.” Yes, I certainly do. I love what I do for a living, I’ve got my health, I have a wonderful circle of friends, a great family, I’ve got […]

Susan Stewart - inspirational speaker

Accepting The Flux Of Life

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

I recently walked along the shores of Lake Huron with my mother. We were on a beach just north of the little town of Kincardine where her parents owned a cottage and she enjoyed many summers throughout her youth. Like other times before, we walked to the familiar point on the beach only to find […]

Susan Stewart - inspirational speaker

5 Ways To Lighten Up About Other People

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

In-laws that make you want to scream. Colleagues that make you want to leave. Friends that don’t share. Neighbours that just don’t care. Parents that don’t get it. And lovers that always sweat it. We want them to be different. We wish they would do things the way we would. We get fired up. We […]

Susan Stewart - inspirational speaker

Why Meditation Is Everything That It’s Cracked Up To Be

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

My mind has been swirling and my soul has been restless for the past few days. Not sure why, but I seem to be reviewing the past and fretting about the future – or better yet, trying desperately to predict the future. Ah, the life and times of an amateur fortune teller. It’s interesting that […]

Susan Stewart - inspirational speaker

The Difference Between Pain And Suffering

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Yes, there is a big difference between pain and suffering. They seem to be two words that describe the same experience, but I beg to well, differ. I have a friend who has a mother who is extremely fractured. This woman has forgotten who she really is (I wrote another post about that very concept) […]