What Do You Mean?

#JustinBieber is back on top with songs like #WhatDoYouMean, I personally think he is actually inadvertently following the very concept I’m going to discuss with you today.

Flippity Floppity Floop -Last week I changed the name of my Brand – @Gailsforum is now @TheGailyReport.

I have a new name and a new tagline to start. It might seem like a random thing to do – but – there is a method to my #MadHatter madness.

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My tagline is: Reporting on Life’s Ups & Downs and The Secrets to a Happy Life

With everything going on in the world, the constant barrage of #news and comments on #socialmedia.

No wonder we sometimes feel powerless or even #Frozen to do anything about what is going on around us.

A good example of this is what we heard in the news last Friday with the events that unfolded in a stadium, restaurant and concert venue in #Paris.

#PeaceforParis, #PrayforParis the event that shook us and was felt around the world.


The image provided above is by the studio of artist Jean Jullien shows the “#PeaceForParis” logo -Jean Jullien Studio/AFP/Getty Images .

The reality is that sometimes things hit closer to home with  chaotic #workissues, failing #health, lack of #finances, lack of #personallife, battling #addictions, unhealthy #relationships and a bunch other people, places and things that impact our “Joie de Vivre.”

In any of the situations listed above you do have control/power over one thing and that is #Yourself.  There is nothing about YOU that you don’t control including your health and well-being.

What do you mean?

How you feel is attuned to how you perceive things and how you perceive things can hinge on fear, past trauma, upbringing and even gossip.

I’m going to use me as an example:

Recently we had some layoffs, restructuring and merging of departments at my workplace; new processes to learn, jobs are combined and all of a sudden I’m feeling like I’m working for a stranger.  From one day to the next everything changes or at least it feels that way.

Now add to the work pile the recurring health issues I’m facing and on top of that a less than favourable living situation at the moment (It’s really noisy)

All of a sudden Gail is at her doctor’s office overwhelmed and asking him to go on stress leave!!!  Doctor! Doctor! Give Me the News…

Lucky for me, I have a doctor who knows me very well, well enough to say “nope, not gonna happen”, “escaping is not going to fix anything”….we then have a very candid convo about all the schtuff that’s been piling up in my life.  By the time I leave his office I’m feeling much lighter. I’m lucky my doctor is not a pill pusher.

(Disclaimer): Everyone’s tolerance and ability to deal and rationalize stress is different.  I internalize not only my stress but the stress of others inadvertently.

This is when I realized that I’m powerless over people, places and things, I am the one who has to change.  With that realization I no longer feel like an innocent bystander in my own life, instead I feel energized to do something about it.

So I channeled my creative energy back to the one thing that gives me a feeling of peace, a voice and an outlet – My Blog now called @TheGailyReport

The Serenity Prayer is based on this very concept of accountability and ownership –

God Grant Me The Serenity to

Accept the Things I Cannot Change (People, Places & Things)

The Courage to Change the Things I Can (Me)

& The Wisdom to Know the Difference

By the way the Serenity Prayer was written by Reinhold Niebur – Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (/ˈrnhld ˈnbʊər/; June 21, 1892 – June 1, 1971) was an Americantheologian, ethicist, public intellectual, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years. The brother of another prominent theological ethicist, H. Richard Niebuhr, he is also known for authoring theSerenity Prayer,[1] and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964

So, getting back to Justin Bieber, I think just like me he is realizing that the only thing he can do when everything is chaotic around him is to change and focus his energy on creating something with a #purpose like the #PurposeMovement which is not just a song any more but a series of songs to inspire others.

I want to inspire others as well,  I want to be the #OprahofCanada, not just to talk to Canadians but to shine a light on the beauty and inspiration of the wonderful people who live in this country.

I once pitched a show to #CBC called #CanadaShines which went nowhere but now I’m working at developing  a brand, a blog and a talk show that will be provocative, Canadian and inspirational in every way – It is all about Reporting on Life’s Ups & Downs and The Secrets to a Happy Life.  



  1. Love this! (and sorry its taken so long to comment! ) Just last night my wife and I had a talk with a friend of hers. She has decided its been a “hard year” so now she is calling in sick at work, during the busiest time (insurance company after a big storm) to spend more time with her drinking buddies.

    My rule, no matter what stress there is, is try to find something to laugh about. no matter HOW bad things are, there is something in it that can bring about a laugh. All you have to do is look for it.

    And for the record, you are one of the strongest women I know, and I am damn proud of you! AND you have a great doc!

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