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Why Not Me? – Conclusion

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Conclusion

The concept of choosing positive over negative applies to all of the keys. Each key has the opposite choice available. You can choose to be positive or negative, constructive or destructive. Your life is yours to build, and it is yours to destroy. Taking charge of “how you think” is taking charge of your life. 

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts; therefore, guard accordingly and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” 

Marcus Antonius

Be responsible and accountable for your thoughts and your actions, as every action starts out as a thought. 

None of us lives in a bubble. Our thoughts are a form of energy, and they have an effect on those around us. Remember that any temper tantrum, gossip session, or pity party will do harm to anyone whom you touch with that negative energy. By being aware of how your actions affect others, you will have more control over your choice of actions. You can yell at the girl in the drive-through window and wreck her day, or you can smile and pay her a nice compliment. Which choice do you think will make her feel better? Which choice do you think will make you feel better? Which will make the world better? 

Of course, if the girl in the drive through window was a master of all of the keys, she would not be offended by a buffoon who needs to yell at her. Unfortunately, very few people are practitioners of higher thought. The chances are that the girl in the window is a regular human being with a regular skill set. How you choose to treat her will almost certainly have an effect on her. Even if by chance your actions do not affect her, your actions will still affect you. Choosing to be positive is choosing to be good to yourself. If you have learned to love and accept yourself, you will then have the strength to treat yourself well. 

Instead of only walking the paths that will bring more toys into your garage, spend some time on the paths that will bring more joy into your life. It’s not the toys; it’s the joy that we are really striving for.

Think positive, think free;
Live positive, Live free. 

– Mark Edward Meincke 

More inspiration

“Courage is realizing you’re afraid and still acting.” 

Rudi Guiliani

“A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: ‘As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.’” 

Joseph Campbell

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” 

Anais Nin

“If we didn’t live venturously, plucking the wild goat by the beard, and trembling over precipices, we should never be depressed, I’ve no doubt, but already should be faded, fatalistic and aged.” 

Virginia Woolf

“The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.”

Richard Bach

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones, and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” 

Victor Hugo

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” 

Alan Cohen

“This is courage in a man: to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.”

Euripedes

“The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.” 

Bishop W.C. Magee

“Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you were before.” 

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” 

William Shakespeare

“One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead.” 

Oscar Wilde

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” 

Henry Ford

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 

Mark Twain

“We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies.” 

Emily Dickinson

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” 

Soren Kierkegaard

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” 

Marianne Williamson

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” 

Andre Gide

“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.” 

Marilyn Ferguson

“Plunge boldly into the thick of life!” 

Goethe

“Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.” 

Earl Gray Stevens

“What worries you, masters you.” 

Haddon W. Robinson

“One must think like a hero merely to behave like a decent human being.” 

May Barton

About the Author

Mark Meincke is known as a profoundly insightful problem solver with an almost childlike curiosity about how things work & why they are how they are. 

His natural talents enable him to reverse engineer results in order to indentify the key factors that caused them. 

Mr. Meincke is highly regarded as an authority on achievement psychology, and is widely recognized as a dynamic, engaging speaker. 

He currently lives on a picturesque acreage near Edmonton Alberta Canada with his wife and two young sons. 

Father, Professional Development Trainer, Author

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Major drug haul; ALERT seizes $3 million in drugs and cash

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Three million dollars’ worth of drugs and cash was seized from two Calgary homes, including what is believed to be the province’s largest seizure of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB).

On April 27, 2021 ALERT Calgary’s organized crime and gang team concluded a short-term investigation with a record drug haul. ALERT seized enough methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, and GHB to equal an estimated 100,000 doses.

The GHB seizure of 113.5 litres is believed to be the largest seizure of its kind in Alberta.

Meanwhile, the amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl pills seized ranks amongst ALERT Calgary’s biggest busts.

“The totality of what was seized is staggering, and represents a high degree of community harm. Behind so many doses are crimes committed to feed that addiction; be it property crimes, thefts, frauds, and robberies, and all feeding into social disorder,” said Supt. Dwayne Lakusta, ALERT CEO.

In total, ALERT seized roughly $3 million worth of drugs and cash:

  • 113.5 litres of GHB;
  • 22.3 kilograms of methamphetamine;
  • 18,000 fentanyl pills;
  • 1.5 kilograms of fentanyl;
  • 4.1 kilograms of cocaine; and
  • $386,220 cash.

GHB is colourless and odourless, and is commonly referred to as the “date-rape drug” but is usually abused as a club drug. In July 2013 Edmonton Police Service seized 106 litres of GHB, which at the time, was believed to be Alberta’s largest seizure.

ALERT’s investigation is ongoing and additional charges are being contemplated. To date, 14 drug-related charges have been laid against three suspects:

  • Ashley Stanway, 30-year old from Calgary;
  • Rayann Blackmore, 22-year old from Calgary; and
  • Harmandeep Tiwana, 28-year old from Calgary.

ALERT began its investigation just a month prior after receiving information about suspected drug trafficking activity in the Calgary region.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area (BBBS) is a local branch and accredited member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada Federation, established in 1994 to provide the youngest members of our city with access to life changing mentorship relationships.  

Children and youth may experience childhood adversity through a number of individual or compounding societal barriers, such as family violence, mental health struggles, poverty, substance abuse or identity challenges. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area caters to these young Calgarians by connecting them with volunteer mentors who can form “strong one-to-one relationships with their mentees that express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities.”

A foundational element of the organization is reflected in the creation of intentional matches, meaning mentors are not simply assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. BBBS takes a number of variables into account when assigning a mentor to a waiting child, including shared experience, likes and dislikes, proximity, and more. Working hard to ensure compatibility prior to assigning matches is a great way to increase the likelihood of a successful, beneficial relationship between mentor and mentee.

“We really want to see these matches succeed,” says Jennifer Booth, Manager of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area, “if we weren’t as intentional and selective as we are, we wouldn’t see the success in these relationships that we do.”
The minimum time commitment when signing on to be a mentor with the organization is one year. According to Booth, many of the matches that originate in the BBBS program carry on well past the one-year mark as organic, mutually beneficial relationships beyond the parameters of the organization.

In the Community Mentorship program, relationships are built through shared activities and time spent together. “Bigs” can take their “Littles” to the zoo or the park, they can do a hike together, cook or bake, shoot hoops at the court, or even just sit down together to relax and talk. Over the course of a year, the relationship develops a level of trust and confidence that the child or youth mentee can benefit from significantly
“For children who have one or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs),” says Booth, “working with a caring mentor can really enhance their social and emotional competencies.” Emotional competencies include things like social awareness, self-awareness, responsible decision-making and relationship skills. These are developmental benchmarks that may have been negatively impacted by different ACEs in the child’s life, and stand to benefit from an intentional, healthy relationship with a mentor at BBBS.  

In addition to their standard community and school mentorship programs, BBBS introduced the PRISM program in 2018. Standing for Pride, Respect, Identity, Safety, Mentoring, PRISM connects mentors with young individuals from the LGBTQ2S+ community. These relationships are built on a shared understanding of the unique adversities faced by members of the same community, and strive to support young people in the celebration of their own, unique identities. 

Currently, there are between 250 and 300 children and youth at Big Brother Big Sisters of Calgary and Area, who may wait up to three years for a pairing. This is a result of gaps in volunteer positions, as well as the organization’s commitment to intentional matches. “We’re really hoping to achieve a sustainable momentum,” says Booth. While the organization is always seeking an increase in mentors in general, currently, they are specifically short in numbers for male-identifying volunteers, she says. 

For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area and how to apply as a volunteer, visit https://bbbscalgary.ca. To learn more about the PRISM program, visit https://bbbscalgary.ca/prism/

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