A veteran B.C. political cartoonist says his newspaper has backed down in a fight with one of Canada’s largest energy companies over a spoof of an advertisement.
Dan Murphy, of the Vancouver Province, created an animated parody targeting Enbridge Inc. and the potential environmental impact of its proposed multi-billion-dollar Northern Gateway pipeline proposal that would cross B.C. and Alberta.
Murphy says his publisher, Postmedia News, pulled the online animation off its website after Enbridge threatened to cut advertising with the newspaper chain, a claim Enbridge denies
This snippet was taken from this article on CBC News. After reading it, I contacted the cartoonist Dan Murphy via twitter who forwarded me the full video below:-
There is some uncertainty as to what the true reasons were for pulling this cartoon from the website, but one side of the story is copyright and the other side is that Enbridge threatened to remove $1million worth of advertising from post media news corp. Which ever reason it is, we all know Enbridge stinks and they’re wasting their advertising dollars anyway!
Each morning and night I travel up or down these stairs, they are steep and tiring. Whilst traveling down them I was reminded of a time when I was much younger.
When you are young and going down stairs like these, you handle them quickly and wonder why your parents are taking so long to come down? Well now I am older I was questioning why I was taking them so slowly? Its not because of my joints or pain or anything physical, I realized it was more to do with fear.
As we grow older we tend to take more care in the things we do as we understand the consequences of a mistake. In the case of these stairs, the fear holds us back and this can be likened to anything we do in life. If we hold fear about the result, we may not take a risk. Sure, we may still get down the stairs, but when I decided to move more quickly and let go of fear, I had way more fun and felt more alive.
Let go of fear and realize your potential to achieve.
Life can be challenging, that’s for sure. Some people have it easy and some extremely difficult. Everyone however has the strength to make their own choices and to do this must truly connect to who they are.
One minute people tell you to live your passions and to focus your attentions in one area, after all nothing can be achieved without attention and determination. The next minute however, you are advised to introduce balance into your life and to give things a break!
“But hang on a minute!” you say, “I thought I was supposed to live my passions and do what is important to me?”
Yes, this is true, but maybe all your passions require equal attention?
It can be hard to remain focused on all passions, I can liken it to planting a number of seeds. Perhaps you plant five seeds, they all need taking care of, but maybe all in different ways.
Maybe you neglect one, or over water another. Maybe one requires less water than another, but you go ahead and give it the same anyway. This can result in a lot of dead plants. You need to now how to cultivate each passion, if only there was a label!
The only observation I make here, is learn how to nurture your seeds, stay awake and focused, stand back and look at all your plants and understand what attention they all require and deserve.
I am currently partaking in the 21 day meditation challenge from Chopra. I did it last year and found it to be very beneficial. This year, due to lack of Internet combined with lack of privacy, I am a few days behind and I just took part in day 3.
The message I have found in todays meditation is to really be aware of the choices we make. We really need to make our choices based on our own hearts desires. If decisions are being made based on a perceived reaction, or to create a reaction from another, then maybe the root of the decision needs to be reassessed and one must return to the heart and to truly learn what action would be best, based on that feeling of the heart. For this to work, one must first tune in to their heart and really know themselves.
Today I challenge you to truly get to know yourself from the heart and to start making your decisions from that place.
I have been reading a book entitled the PassionTest. (Yes, I started this a while ago now, but as many will testify I take my time with books and also very rarely finish them.)
One section really spoke to me and as a previous follower of Abraham-Hicks, it connects even more so.
In the passion test one of the authors, Janet Bray Attwood, speaks of a Saint in India, named Nani Ma. Nani Ma speaks of the law of attraction and I wanted to highlight an important part of what she says and something I feel has the capacity to be adopted by many that consider themselves as ‘suffering’:
“The way to create whatever you want in life is by giving it to other people. Sometimes people think they want money or a husband or children, but nobody really wants anything except happiness. The pursuit of all these other things is only for the sake of happiness.
The way to have happiness is to give what you want to have. On the relative plane, life is just like a mirror. Whatever you do, that is what you receive.
So if you want to receive happiness then you must give happiness. If you want to receive love then you must give love. If you want to receive respect then you must give respect.”
So it all boils down to the simplest of facts and I am sure I have written this before in a blog post:
What you put your attention on
grows stronger in your life.
Here in Costa Rica, they don’t have a military. (I was going to stop writing there, as that’s really all the info you need, however…..) The United States has a military that costs $1.4 trillion a year. Costa Rica is one of the happiest nations on the planet. Speaking to a local, he says he is free, liberated, because of there being no army.
If every country needed no army we would surely be in heaven.
Over the last few days I have been living in what I might term ‘minimal luxury’. I have been taught an extremely valuable lesson, by building on my already existing beliefs of less being more.
I have stayed in a tent on the beach, a treehouse in the woods and now I have a tent pitched on a mattress on a concrete lookout high above an outdoor kitchen.
These living arrangements are the most basic of basic, but have everything one needs. There are cold water showers in bare brick outbuildings, outdoor sinks and bins hanging from the bamboo built kitchen frame. The kitchen floor is a mixture of dry dirt and stones, with an occasional tree root thrown in to test your agility. A gas canister powers a four ring burner and a bungee chord holds the fridge door closed. I have just made use of my coffee bag and sit here in amazement at how perfect all of this is.
This lesson came to me whilst taking a shower the other day; the western world sees wealth and excess as luxury, the higher quality something is, or the more expensive and pristine, or the more bells and whistles something has, then the better it is. However, I am now seeing this as simply excess. I imagine some parts of the western world see the living conditions I explain above as an ‘unfortunate’ way to live, or even a situation that needs to be fixed, “those poor people need money for a better life!” Well, I say no! Money and luxurious items, do not make a person happy, or even make the person. The stripping down of all, has hilighted the unnecessary excess of an exploited western society.
Many have grown accustomed to a certain ‘class’ of living and anything less than that will just seem neanderthal, but richness can be found in the bare bones of the true necessities of life.
I woke up here this morning! That is really all that needs to be said!
I will also mention however, that I awoke to the sound of howler monkeys, many different species of birds, dogs, geckos and a female voice chanting a meditation mantra. All of this was accompanied by a sun rise and now I open my window. What a way to start the day.
Whilst in a tea house I noticed that the Steve Jobs Biography was sat on the book shelf. I had a spare ten minutes, so read the introduction. I turned to the quote above. I am very familiar with this and find it is very inspirational.
Don’t forget, people might think you’re slightly crazy by the things you do to change the world, but that’s ok, because you will. Stay strong, stay crazy!
There is a great family from Colorado living in the house next door here in Mal País. They have a young son with them called Colin.
This morning the couple on the other side of us and ourselves were both left small notes to awake to, addressed to each couple, on our shared table on the terrace. Upon opening the note we were greeted by the picture you see below.
There is something very heart warming about these types of gestures, especially when so much innocence is involved.
Valentines is not about corporations and extravagant gifts it’s simply about connectedness and love.
Thanks Colin and family for highlighting the simplicity of love.