Events, Movember, World Issues

Movember – Help Support a Great Cause!

No Comments 29 October 2008

For the month of November, I will be growing a mustache and raising money for a charity called Movember that promotes the awareness of prostate cancer. Some fast facts about prostate cancer:

  • Every year around 24,700 Canadian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 4,300 die of the disease, making it the number one cancer threat to Canadian men.
  • 1 in 7 men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • All men over the age of 40 are potentially at risk and should talk to their doctor about the disease and early detection, they can all go to the site and find the perfect doctor. Prostate cancer is 95% curable if detected and treated early. Just like other infections, they can cause many nonspecific symptoms, which are information on treatment that can be caused by a number of illnesses. They indicate that your body is responding to an infection.

Help me out by clicking the donate button and do your part in helping to save lives! I will be taking pictures of my mustache growth everyday and posting them here to show that I’m commited to the cause. I appreciate your support!


Grains of Sand…Hourglass…Our Life

No Comments 14 October 2008

At the suggestion of a friend, I decided to write about sand. What about sand? Well, I decided to search the internet for some quotes that had a sand theme. Below are 4 of my favourites. They are from the website Think Exist and they carry some good meaning. Basically for me, sand is a substance that can create so much, can destroy so much and can nurture so much. It can be used in a variety of processes, such as glass making, sand castle building, fields (sport) development and art.

In any case, I wanted to speak directly to the following quotes. They touched me in different ways and hopefully you too will find special meaning in them.

“Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble”

Basically when something bad happens we cannot dwell on it. Know that it happened for a reason but also know that in getting through the experience we will be stronger for it and will eventually move past it. But, when something good happens to you, it’s great to remember that experience and cherish it and live your life to have more of those. I know from experience that when something bad happens it hurts and it’s not easy to get through. But when you find something good, it will make you so happy that you’ve gone through all of those bad things.

“Time is like a handful of sand- the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers”

There is no rush to do anything or get anything done in life. Rather, there shouldn’t be. Everything we choose to do is just that – a choice. It’s something that we have conscious control over and if we choose those things that make us happy, why try and rush through it? Why not take the time to enjoy it and savour every moment? The next time you’re doing something you’re not particularly happy doing, think to yourself: do I really have to do this? What happens if I don’t? Is there something I could be doing instead? What good can I get from this?

“All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.”

This one I’ve struggled to grasp. I do believe in love at first sight. But so far all of my relationships that have been built on this haven’t been forever. I also believe that sometimes you meet people that are destined to only be friends. And that’s great. But I absolutely agree with this quote. I think that while it’s great to be with someone from the word ‘go’, a friendship is absolutely imperative and so as long as that is developed then the relationship will be strong and will last. I also think that the person that you want to be with should be one of your best friends for sure. We all would like to find that; hopefully we all can.

“An ostrich with its head in the sand is just as blind to opportunity as to disaster”

We cannot be afraid to fail. We cannot not try something for fear of failing. We can’t be afraid to love someone for fear of being heart broken. In the face of failure comes the opportunity for amazing successes. And we will only find those successes if we put out whole heart and soul into everything that we do. ‘We cannot steal second base while keeping one foot on first.’

It’s quite amazing how everyday concrete objects can hold so much meaning. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the above quotes, or hear some of your favourites; relating to sand or otherwise.

Family, Thoughts

Deborah Grace McLeod – October 1, 1955 – May 17, 2001

No Comments 01 October 2008

As I mentioned earlier, today would have been my mom’s 53rd birthday. She passed away 7.5 years ago from a heart attack.

I still get messages from friends and family telling me how much they miss mom and how amazing she was. She truly was. I feel that, and have been told that, I embody many of her wonderful qualities. One of those qualities is her emotional IQ. I tend to become much more emotionally involved in everything I do – many would call that “wearing your heart on your sleeve”. It’s true and since she passed, I have loved more than I ever thought possible, but I have also hurt and cried more than I ever thought possible. I am just like everyone else; I want to be with someone who loves me for who I am and as much as I love them. I know that we all make mistakes and that we all have our flaws but that is what makes us human and what makes us so amazing. I wouldn’t change a thing that I’ve done or that has happened to me. It’s all been a learning experience. One thing that makes me sad is how some things I’ve done, people make them seem like a bigger deal than they actually are. For example, we all have our little annoyances (chewing with our mouth open, the way we brush our teeth, shaving our back in the kitchen), but I say that we should embrace those. In a different light, they are cute. They are what makes us each an individual. I know my mom was the most accepting person I have ever known.

And I leave you with some words that she wrote me during my first year of university when I was away from home in Edmonton (and which I read at her funeral):

It is easy to sit back and do nothing as then you can’t make mistakes, can’t be sad or happy for the things that are thrown your way. It’s not easy to take that step forward but you will learn so much every time you do take a step. Just like the day you learned to walk, it started opening up your world in a new way from when you could crawl. Oh yes there were falls along the way, When you first started walking you fell more than you walked. You got your share of brusies and bumps. But you kept trying and eventually you did it. Sure it would have been easier to stay crawling as you knew what to expect, but look at what you would have missed if you hadn’t started walking. This is an illustration. One of so many in your life so far. No matter what you decide to do you will stumble and make some mistakes but YOU WILL LEARN. The failures are learning too because they teach us how to do things differently. NO one is perfect or has all the answers.

Your dreams must come from your heart’s deepest desires. Only then will the barriers come down before you. To know your heart, you must know yourself. You are who you decide to be, not who other people decide for you to be. You were created and intended for greatness. Be noble Stand on the higher ground.

Mom, I love you so much and miss you every day.

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Heart…or Head?

No Comments 01 October 2008

I find it interesting that when we follow our heart it can tend to contradict what our head is saying; and vice versa. How do we truly know what is right? I like to think that what our heart says will always lead us in the right direction. I believe that passion comes from your heart and if we always do what we love (as long as it isn’t something like heroin, stealing or murder) then it will lead us in the right direction and help our life be what we want it to be. That’s pretty much the “Secret” that there was so much hype about a few years ago. There is not “secret”. Do what makes you happy and be with whom you love and the rest will follow. But what happens when you aren’t sure what that is. Or are trying to figure that out and in the process make a mistake? That’s when you start to question “Did I do the right thing?” But, as long as you do what feels right, then things will work out the way they were meant to be.

It can be a scary idea, but you need to have faith. For a while I’ve been lacking that faith. I guess it’s fairly normal to feel that loss of faith after such an amazing person, my mom, was taken from us a short 7 years ago. I still remember every detail about that night. The time everything happened. The day. The date. The events. I still find it hard to believe that she is gone and I miss her so much. I still cry every so often about her and I just want so badly to be happy. I mean, I am happy, but I want to share my happiness with someone. At times it feels like karma is out to get me. I never maliciously try to hurt anyone. I’m looking for what everyone else is I suppose. Maybe I go about it differently. Maybe I go about it the same way. All I know is that I feel close. Maybe I feel like I have it. I don’t know some days and other days I am absolutely sure. I guess all we can do is have that faith (which I feel that I am starting to regain, which is a great feeling). I went for a run the other night and I think it was the first time in a long time that I have felt so clear and fresh. Dean and I have finally started talking again. I am seeing my family more. And I have met someone. I feel like things are coming together once again but there are still so many daily tasks that need to be done (school and work) that at times I wish I had a few months off to just relax. I think when I’m graduated I will be taking that time off to just relax. Since I graduated high school, I have been either in school or working. I really haven’t had time to relax. Sure, going away for the weekend to California, Utah, Washington and BC amongst other places is great, but really when you go to play 7 games of frisbee and get home exhausted and having to get back into your normal busy lives, it’s not a vacation. At all. I truly need a vacation. I think I’m going to go to Fort Mac again at the end of November and see my cousin Natalie and my buddy Chris. I miss Natalie so much. We both have the mutual understanding that family is important and that we don’t do all we can to see each other. We are planning on a week vacation next summer in PEI; I really hope that happens.

I guess that’s what is on my mind currently. It’s been a tough week. This weekend is the last weekend of ultimate until the spring so as sad as I am to be done, it’ll be nice to have some time again for myself and the rest of my life on weekend and evenings. It’s been a long, expensive season.

Rob out.

About Rob

Rob "Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 6 Guinness World Records, 10 World Championships and the Canadian Distance Record.


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