About

I grew up in Ootischenia, a small town in British Columbia, Canada – population of 500.   I grew up fishing, playing hockey and tormenting my younger brothers.  Under firm parental guidance, I learned the “life trades” of discipline, work ethic and execution.  Fast forward more than 20 years of working and leading in large U.S. corporations, here I am.  A husband.  A father.  A leader.  A manager.  A grinder.  A reader.  A learner.

As Craig Harper states, “genetics aren’t optional but what we do with them is.”  I believe that being a life long learner is core to an inspired life.  Life is about growth and realizing our own unique potential.  Inch by Inch.  Day by Day.

I’ve arrived at mid-life.  It’s come shockingly quickly.  And perhaps it’s not a coincidence that it has come along with a better appreciation of the wonder of nature, the beauty of art and the magic of music.  This realization has come late, but it has come.  I read a passage in a book by Paul Pearsall titled “The Beethoven Factor: The New Positive Psychology of Hardiness, Happiness, Healing, and Hope” where he stated that cancer survivors who thrive (“thrivers”) dig deep to see the world and their experiences in a most human way – and you haven’t lived the day if you haven’t laughed heartily and cried freely.  I’m trying to live a similar life – and share some of these “ah-ha” moments or inspirations that make me wonder, make me laugh or bring tears to my eyes.

Why Blog?  I think Seth Godin captured my inspiration for blogging when he was asked why he blogged.  He said “if you are blogging for other people you are going to be disappointed…even if no one would read it, I would still blog…this is a great chance for me to clear my thoughts and put them into the world, what an opportunity.”

Thanks for visiting.

Lead.Learn.Live.

David Kanigan


Contact Me @ davidkanigan@gmail.com


Credits:

Thank you Brian Ingram for your permission to use your photograph for my blog header. Be sure to check out Brian’s Flicker Page @ Brian.Ingram.


Disclosures:

  • I have not received any compensation for writing or sharing this content.  I do this as a hobby.
  • The opinions in this blog are my own.  And not of my employer.  And certainly not of my family (who remind me of this on an ongoing basis).
  • I have no connection to the products that are mentioned in these posts.
  • I have posted “shared” and “curated” content and have tried to offer attribution in all cases where this was possible.  If I have inadvertently posted anything which requires consent, please let me know and I will remove your work immediately.

Comments

  1. Your words (and pictures) are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  2. You have been nominated for a Christmas Award Bouquet – see details at http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/christmas-award-bouquet/. Select one award of your choice and have a Merry Christmas. :-)

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  3. Hi David – as I was reading your “about me”, I kept nodding my head, saying “ditto, ditto, ditto…” all along. I’ve loved my blog which I started just a year ago. I am also a life-long learner (one of my 5 core values – see Authentichappiness.org, VIAT survey of character strengths, a great assessment tool). I use my personal journal to get clear on issues in my life and my head. My blog is dedicated to Beauty in whatever shape and form it presents itself to me.

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  4. Nice!

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  5. Wonderful, David! A pleasure to read! I am glad I found your blog and look forward to following! Your words are inspiring. Thank you! Cher :)

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  6. “It Is What It Is” received this. I’m paying it forward. Please, accept! TY …

    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/the-cracking-chrispmouse-bloggywod-award-to-it-is-what-it-is/

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  7. For some reason, I’ve never visited your About page before, David. I’m so glad I did today. Thanks for all you do for us (and for yourself), every day.

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  8. Paying it forward … It Is What It Is …. Acknowledges your awesome blog:

    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/award-for-love-and-kindness-it-is-what-it-is/

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  9. David-Thank you so much for liking my poem “The Sigh of the Eternal Glade”. I am so honored by your acknowledgement and the time you spent on reading my work. Life is precious and I am grateful for even the minutes you connected your world with mine. I love your site and your story! Blessings to you and yours. <3

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  10. Hi there. I love your blog. Great work :-)

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  11. Hello – I wanted to duck on over and have a look around after I saw you’d taken the time to visit Unload and Unwind – you have a great idea going here I look forward to seeing your posts in the future. Jenni

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  12. Love the blog. Thanks for giving me a chance to live and learn with you. :) xo

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  13. “I’ve arrived at mid-life. It’s come shockingly quickly.”

    Honestly, for me: It has taken forever. But now that it’s here, I want the rest of the progression to slow the hell down.

    Thank you for visiting my site.
    Your time is appreciated.
    –Lance

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  14. Hope you have some time in your schedule as I’ve just nominated you for two new awards, follow the link to find out: http://jenniferann1970.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/one-lovely-blog-dragon-award/

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  15. Really very nice indeed! Likewise, middle-age suddenly popped by!

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  16. Your reason for blogging (to clear your thoughts) is very interesting. Great posts and interesting thoughts!

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  17. Following, and looking forward to reading more!

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  18. Hi David! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award! You can find more details using this link from my blog: http://wp.me/P4doQv-9K Thank you, David! Hugs, Cher xo

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  19. Hello David,

    I happen to find your blog today and very happy I did! I’m really enjoying reading some of your previous posts. Then I said to myself, “Who is this guy”? So now I just read your About Me page and her I am! Seth may be a comedian, but he is a smart one,…….I blog for myself, from my heart, and like my current published book, “Addicted To Dimes,” my life now is an open book for all the world to read! As I write, blog, and author more books, I try to help, and share HOPE to others along the way of my Life & Recovery Journey……

    I’m a new fan and now following :-)
    God Bless,
    Author, Cat Lyon :-)

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  20. Appreciate your visit and following my blog. I really enjoy yours.

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  21. Really wonderful blog David, will keep coming here at times :)

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  22. Hey! I love coming back to your blog! I’ve nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award: http://www.monepositiveblog.com/one-lovely-blog-award/

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  23. well said!

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  24. Hi David, just letting you know I nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award

    https://heelsandhindsight.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/one-lovely-blog-award/

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  25. Hi Christie. Thank you for the kind words and the nomination. You are too kind. Dave

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  26. HI, David. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am enjoying my visit to yours. The Beethoven Factor sounds like good reading.

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    • Hi Tony. Thanks for stopping by. I loved “pockets” of The Beethoven Factor (but not all). And those morsels have certainly stuck with me, and not sure that you can ask for much more. Have a great weekend. Dave

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  27. Hi David. Thanks for visiting my blog. You make some really good points about life and maturing :)
    All the best, Emy

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  28. Nice to meet you, David! Yes, I agree with you–we are “lifelong learners” …if we are open to it and what wonders we find! Blogging has opened up to me an entirely new world and I feel so enriched by the words and wisdom of those I read! We are blessed, for sure, when I think of all those who do not have access to computers. I heard the other day that Americans are the “loneliest people on Earth.” I think it is true–Wordpress saved me from my isolation. It is sad the inequality that exists across the world…we have so much material wealth–but we miss the intimacy of one another with the technological world at our fingertips. Yet, I am grateful for it. Thank you for your recent visit to my blog. Blessings to you and your family!

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  29. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! If you wish to participate, here are the details: http://georgetteann.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/liebster-award/. :)

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  30. Adam Hughes says:

    Wow,this is a beautifully designed site. And so well written too. I look very much forward to reading even more great articles on your site. Warmest regards, adam

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  31. Hi David, I find very interesting to see that blogging is a chance for you to clear your thoughts and put them into the world, and it is as you said a great opportunity. I’ve recently started to blog as well and I agree with you on this point. but I feel it is a starting point. What interests me as well is how these thoughts and ideas written here become part of a greater interaction with others. I find that interaction and exchange something that I would like to explore as well as sharing with others their views on this matter.

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    • Hi Adrian. When I started this venture and wrote my About page, I had no idea about the “interaction” you mention. The community and the friendships that I was acquire. I find that this aspect of blogging is by far and away the most satisfying and rewarding part of blogging. I’m with you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  32. Make Something Mondays says:

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blogger Award! http://makesomethingmondays.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/one-lovely-blogger-award/

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  33. Hello again Dave…

    I just wanted to catch up and say “thank you. I appreciate your ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also add my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    The blog has grown to some 1150 posts now; so if you are at a loose end one day, you’d be most welcomed to stay a while and have a trawl through. There are plenty of drop-down categories within the menu to help in said digging process. Saying that, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

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  34. I loved your story and then I read about you and loved your blog even more. I loved your comment about why you blog. After a frustrating year of trying to find an agent for my memoir, I started blogging and have rediscovered the joy of writing. When I blog, I can write for me rather than editing to appease an agent. I continue to revise to appease agents but I much prefer blogging. Thank you for putting a little sunshine into my day.

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    • Hi Carol. So glad that I could bring a little sunshine into your day. I don’t even begin to aspire to your level (writing a book/memoir), so I applaud your efforts to write for the joy of it…and as they say, a journey starts with a single step, and you are on your way…

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  35. Wonderful words, sir! I started my first blog about 12 years because I’d just started a grand adventure of quitting a great job, picking up everything, and moving to San Francisco. I thought it would take 6 months. Instead, I was pulling up in front of my first apartment in just under 6 weeks. I was so full of fascination and excitement that I didn’t want to forget a single moment. I connected the blog to a flickr account as that seemed a great combination. As I became more involved in putting my words online vs paper [though paper is still very close to my heart], I really began to see that I write to learn what I already know.

    My postings were quite sparse for a few years, but after getting hit by a car about 20 months ago, resulting in 2 TBIs and what looks to be a permanent relationship with epilepsy, I found I needed an outlet. After the 2nd TBI, I went through several months of barely being able to find my words or walk. Two harsh blows to a writer who was formerly very physically active. Most importantly, especially after the second TBI, I woke up in the ICU with a profound understanding that I was no longer the person I once was; my brain was a new one, moreso, I could feel I’d lost memories. It’s a strange almost itchiness that I cannot quite articulate…yet. There were many parts of my old brain there, but the new brain was most definitely new.

    Occupational and physical rehab take a long time to acquire when you are on government funded insurance, so I started it on my own as I’ve been a person action from a very young age and the best way that I could think to begin rebuilding my fine motor skills [I couldn't even hold a pen at first], rebuild my vocabulary, and get my new and old brain to become best buddies was to write. And write. And write. But I really began by taking my new bifurcated brain on a stroll through both my blog and my flickr account. The result? My old brain did a great deal of, “Oh, hey! YEAH!! I DO remember that!” as though doors were being unlocked. My new brain was all, “I could most DEFINITELY hang with this chick, she’s flipping awesome.”

    I still toggle between the two and try to mesh them into a single unit and some days it’s like being an adult toddler and more than a little frustrating, but mostly it’s new eyes and a lot of wonder.

    I know there was a great deal of “me” in this post, but only because I think that there can be a great deal more than the perception of simple navel gazing that goes into blogging. It really does have the potential to change lives. To my mind, whether that be our own life or if it serves as inspiration to /sparks conversation with or amongst others makes no difference. It’s the willingness to articulate being brave and vulnerable in the face of life that makes the difference.

    Kindest regards, fellow bloggers, writers, and active participants of life!
    Jacki

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  36. Ha! I also was typing so quickly that I left out a few words, but contextually it makes sense. Had I not been under a deadline, I’d’ve been more careful – apologies!

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  37. How beautifully amazing Life is ! Thank you for your inspiration ! Xx

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  38. Hello David. I am a cancer survivor/thriver and it is a most intriguing daily journey. Evidently your blogging for yourself is organically reaching out and touching many. Terrific!

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