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                                             April 26, 2013

One of the things I enjoy most about my role at Vision Coaching is receiving interesting information from colleagues that expands my thinking and understanding of the world. The challenge, of course, is finding the time but I'm always thankful when I do make time to both read...and reflect.

Angie Thompson, one of our Vision Coaches in Ontario, (read more about Angie) has a very interesting article to share. She read Emily Esfahani Smith's article There's More to Life Than Being Happy recently in The Atlantic and it resonated with her so much that she shared it
Angie Thompson
Angie Thompson
with our team. We liked it as well so we're sharing it here, with our Fresh Ideas readers...

Is our ability to choose our attitude the ultimate freedom?
Introduction by Angie Thompson

"It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness." - Emily Esfahani Smith

We seem to pursue happiness on a daily basis. Being happy or being unhappy is the scale we measure our satisfaction with our lives. When we say we are happy it is a great feeling and a great day. When we deem ourselves unhappy it seems we are missing or lacking something.

In the article, There's More to Life Than being Happy, Victor Frankl talks about our ability to chose our attitude at any time as the ultimate freedom. I believe his second major point of finding purpose or meaning in life is directly connected to increasing our happiness.

As coaches we support others to see the possibilities and these often lead to connections or contributions to others that we hadn't thought of before. Read the article to see if you agree.

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Dave Veale 
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Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
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Highlights from Leadership Unleashed ~
Interviews with Leaders from the Telegraph Journal column
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Home is Where the Heart is for Cardiac Doctor
Stanford University's former professor brings back U.S. ideas 
As published in the Telegraph-Journal Sept 13, 2012

Dr. Marc Pelletier's story is a compelling one - especially if you are a resident of New Brunswick. From the time he was 11 or 12, Marc knew he wanted to be a doctor; he knew he wanted to help people. He grew up in a small
Dr. Marc Pelletier
Dr. Marc Pelletier is shown in his office in the heart centre at the Saint John Regonal Hospital.
Photo: Peter Walsh/Telegraph-Journal
New Brunswick town and was the first in his family to attend university. He credits his parents with encouraging him and making him believe that he could do whatever he wanted to do.

After graduating from high school at age 16, Marc headed to Mount Allison University and was accepted to medical school at the tender age of 18. After spending four years at Dalhousie, he went on to McGill in Montreal. From there he accepted a one year Cardiothoracic Transplant Fellowship at the prestigious Stanford University. He became an Associate Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Toronto for three years before heading back to California to Stanford's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

In 2007, Marc returned to New Brunswick to become the department head of cardiac surgery at the New Brunswick Heart Centre in Saint John. Both Marc and his wife felt "the pull" to return home to New Brunswick.

Because Pelletier worked in health care in both Canada and the United States, I was curious about his perspective regarding the differences between the two systems.

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