Family, Relationships, Thoughts

Having a Whole New Perspective

1 Comment 29 April 2011

I’ve always been told I was positive and optimistic.

I believe that people are inherently good.

There was some doubts in myself based on some past experiences. Doubts about love. Doubts about my future.

But there was a moment a few weeks ago when that changed.

When I felt more optimistic than ever.

When I felt more positive than ever.

When I had so much excitement + passion for living and the future.

I met someone.

And I feel like I have a whole new perspective.

Sometimes the timing is just right.

And you can 100% be yourself.

I feel that time is now.

This trip, this journey that we’re on. Life. It’s simply amazing.

And I’m loving every second.

Relationships, Thoughts

“If You Ever Need to Talk…I’m a Good Listener”

No Comments 10 April 2011

How many times has a friend said that to you? If you’ve ever been through a tough time, I’m sure you’ve heard it a lot. Or if you’ve had friends going through a tough time, I’m sure you’ve said it to them.

But what does it really mean to tell someone that you’re a good listener?

Does that mean that we sit there and while they talk, we don’t talk? Or are we supposed to actually hear what they say and understand what they’re saying so that we can respond to them, thus making it a two way conversation?

Based on what I’ve gone through in my life, I can tell you that being a good listener means a few things:

1. Be present and be aware – if you told your friend that you’d be there for them…then be there for them. Being there for your friend is worth giving up a few hours sleep once in a while. Or not going out drinking with your friends. Or watching your favourite tv show another night. Think about what is really important in life. Relationships. Caring about people. Love. Connections. That’s what matters.

2. While they talk, listen and hear what they’re saying. When they’re not talking, give your honest feedback/insight/opinion. If you don’t think they can handle what they should hear, don’t tell them. But don’t make something up because you think that’s what they want to hear. Life is too short to tiptoe around and tell people something you don’t really mean. A friend of mine asked earlier on Facebook what people thought integrity meant. I told her “doing what you say and saying what you do”. I think that applies to every facet of your life. You can start now. It’s as simple as being yourself.

If you don’t think you’re able or ready to do these two things for a friend, then don’t tell them “if you ever need to talk…I’m a good listener”.

They’ll appreciate you more for being honest than for you being a terrible listener.

Misc, Thoughts

Old People

No Comments 09 April 2011

I watched an episode of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit tonight on Old People and some of the opinions of the people on the show really angered me.

There was a bunch of young people complaining about old people. Seriously? They do realize they’re going to be an old person someday right?

I find it so frustrating how ignorant and rude some people are. I find that the Millenials generation are such an entitled group that they are so closed off to anything but themselves and expect everything to be easy and done for them. If you look at what people are consumed by on a weekly basis, you have such useless stupid things like Charlie Sheen, Jersey Shore and Rebecca Black.

What happened to caring about that the things that actually matter? About the things that are real and aren’t simply paid advertising? What happened to us listening to real people who dedicate their lives to making our lives better instead of just cluttering it with more noise?

In that spirit, who do you listen to who is real and is making a difference? Give them props here!

Here is someone I respect: Ben Carson – a neurosurgeon with an amazing story that shows anything can be achieved through hard work

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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