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Spring Isn't Cancelled!

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic

Spring Isn't Cancelled!

I grew up in Saskatchewan but have to admit that winter isn't my favourite season. I always really look forward to spring and here is why:   Nature wakes up - Leaving my patio door open allows me to hear the birds singing and feel the warm breezes. Ice that trapped the river has melted, the trees are budding, and thoughts go to the planting gardens and crops. It is a time of new beginnings. Wardrobes change - How wonderful to be able to go outside without boots, scarves, hats, and jackets. These are replaced with flipflops and single layers...

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Noticing Positives

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic

Noticing Positives

We are living in a world that can be scary and full of unknowns. Never before has there been anything exactly like the COVID-19 pandemic that has been terrorizing the entire world. Governments have followed recommendations of researchers and health experts in ways that have changed our entire lifestyles. At the same time, however, I have noticed that there are many, many positives that are occurring every day. Following are some of the things that people tell me they have been enjoying:   Time - Being required to respect physical distancing and working from home for those who can, has...

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Working From Home Efficiently

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic

Working From Home Efficiently

Okay, I admit it. I do not transition very well. For years I have built my business providing face-to-face sessions in my office. Now, due to the COVID-19 I have had to mentally and physically operated my practice from my condo. It took a few days until I was psychologically ready to do this. Now, however, I have a system and am quite comfortable with the new ways of serving clients. Here are some of the things for you consider so that you can successfully work from home:   Attitude - Being at home does not mean that you are...

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Happy Everything!

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family

Happy Everything!

Shortly after my son moved to Medicine Hat and began working in my private practice, he encouraged me to do some downsizing at the office. I will never forget how shocked he was when he found an envelope in one of the boxes. On the front of it, I had written "Mark's First Haircut". His response was "It can't be. You didn't really save my hair for more than four decades!" Of course, I had! Within minutes we had a pile of "treasures" from his youth including notes he had written in a grade five sex education class and miscellaneous...

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Who Can You Trust and Why?

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Who Can You Trust and Why?

I always find it interesting to watch politicians who attack their opponents and then, when they drop out of the race because of lack of support, back the person who they have been trashing. It is easy to attack others and make promises when you are hoping that others will vote for you! But the process doesn't always seem to be honourable. It is easy to listen to a charming individual who seems to have a good line but keep in mind the old expression that states: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". To trust...

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Stand Against Fear

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Stand Against Fear

Journalists know that "what leads - bleeds". People read newspapers and listen to news when there are exciting - not boring - things happening. Twenty-four-hour internet and television broadcasts can throw you into a world of crisis very easily so you need to be careful. Recently, we have been hearing about the presence and pandemic possibilities of the corona virus. Now I am not ignoring the fact that we are facing a problem but, at the same time, I have lived through eras of measle outbreaks, tuberculosis and polio so I tend to believe in the expression my grandmother used...

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Believe What Others Do

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Believe What Others Do

Often individuals are disappointed or resentful after a person who they trust lets them down. Anyone can make promises or say things that they don't mean, and problems occurs if we believe they will follow through. It is especially foolish of us if we know that the person has a pattern of saying things without linking them to congruent actions. So why do you think that people say things they don't mean? There are several reasons:   Unrealistic hopes - There is an old expression that states: "If wishes were horses then beggars would ride". Just because you want something...

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Professional Silos

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Professional Silos

I was raised in a small town in southern Saskatchewan. We had a couple of doctors and a small hospital but seldom had any contact with "specialists" and if required, needed to drive almost an hour to the nearest city for assessment and treatment. The doctors made house calls back then and took care of all our physical and mental illnesses with only the aid of instruments carried in a black bag. Things are VERY different today. It is unusual to think that a doctor might make a house call and those in the medical profession have a narrow scope...

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Hard Work and Courage

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Hard Work and Courage

When my granddaughter Janaya graduated from high school in Saskatoon the school gave her a one-thousand-dollar scholarship for university. She is intelligent but also has an amazing work ethic and invests a lot of time into her studies. Intelligence plus hard work are a good formula for doing well. Even though she played the piano beautifully and was a good artist, she decided that she wanted to study engineering. Not everyone encouraged her in this choice as there is an occupational gender bias in the field. In fact, statistics indicate that less than ten percent of registered engineers in Saskatchewan...

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Slow Down: One Step At A Time

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Slow Down: One Step At A Time

A few years ago, I telephoned a mentor and said "I don't know if I want to live in British Columbia". She was surprised and asked for more information. I told her that I had found an advertisement for what seemed to be an interesting job opportunity in BC. Now mentors are individuals who set a good example for us and offer wise advice. This is exactly what my mentor, Elsie offered me. She said "First you decide if you want to apply for the job. Then you wait to see if they invite you to an interview. If they...

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Valentine: Love Is Not Enough

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Valentine: Love Is Not Enough

I recently spoke at the wedding of a dear friend. My message to the couple who had made vows that day might have surprised some of those who were listening. You see, I told them that love is not enough. Over the years I have been very disappointed to hear individuals state "But I love him" or "I really love her" followed by a description of all the horrible things that they have said and done to each other. There is an expression that states: "Love covers a lot of sins" but who on earth wants to just go through...

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Think Young

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Think Young

I usually smile when I am around young children but there isn't a bigger grin that when I am with my three-year old granddaughter, Nariya. We spent some time together this weekend and she reminded me of so many things in life that adults often forget:   Be curious - Talk about questions! "Grandma, how did you get here?" "Where did you get those cards?" "Do you have Paw Patrol?" Each answer was quickly followed with another one of her questions. She loves to learn and knows that asking questions is a great way to get information. No assumptions on...

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Establishing Routine

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Establishing Routine

I remember when I had my first child. We lived in a basement suite in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. Our landlady told me that the secret to having healthy and happy babies is to keep their stomachs full and their bottoms dry. That sounds simple but there was a lot of wisdom in that advice. Babies don't care if they are dressed in designer fashions. They can sleep through a great deal of noise and usually handle being passed around from one admiring person to the other. The problem is when they start growing. If they don't have a routine or reasonable...

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Your Children Are Now Adults

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Your Children Are Now Adults

I believe that our job as parents is to work ourselves out of a job. This means that it is wise to teach our children how to be independent. Unfortunately, some people seem to think that they are responsible for the choices and behaviours of their offspring long after they have reached legal age. They let them live at home without jobs, schooling or purpose. They pay for not only the basic such as extra electricity, water and food but also finance luxuries. The parents go to work every day to earn money for the bills while the adult child...

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Facing Consequences

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Facing Consequences

Sir Isaac Newton was a scientist who studied motion. His third law states: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction". Simply put, this means that in every interaction there are two forces at play. The size of the force on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object. Big action, big results. Now that might seem complex but all it really means is that we will face consequences - positive or negative - depending on our actions. For example, debt and payment of debt interact. When you make a payment on your...

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Good Enough?

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Good Enough?

Whitney Houston co-starred with Kevin Costner in the 1992 movie "The Bodyguard". The film was a worldwide hit grossing $411 million. It was Whitney's acting debut and the soundtrack was amazing. One song, "I Will Always Love You" sold 20 million units. Kevin Costner was a speaker at Whitney's funeral. He told about how despite her singing excellence she would come to him after filming each day and ask, "Was I good enough?" This surprised him and he would assure her that she had done a good job. At the funeral he again said "Whitney, you were good enough". This...

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Breaking Promises Can Hurt Your Business

Dr. Linda Hancock Business Workplace Communication

Breaking Promises Can Hurt Your Business

Your reputation is based on the things that you say and the things that you do. Granted, there might be other people who say negative things about you, but, in time, the truth always comes out. Sometimes people hurt their reputation because they promise to do certain things and then do not follow through. Perhaps they offer to lend a book, prepare a handout, send a referral, or make a telephone call on behalf of the client. When they do this, the client usually smiles and is happy that you have made the offer. They depend on you to do...

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Merry Christmas - Not Necessarily a Good Greeting!

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family

Merry Christmas - Not Necessarily a Good Greeting!

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word "merry" as full of gaiety and high spirits. Unfortunately, that does not describe everyone's experience on any day of the year, let alone at Christmas. There are many during the holiday season who are lonely, sad, or sick. Some face circumstances that involve abuse, addiction or poverty. Many think about unfulfilled wishes or broken promises both given and received. Merry does not describe their situation. The word Christmas usually is referred to as a Christian feast that commemorates the birth of Christ and is honoured as a legal holiday. Not everyone, however, is...

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A New Year With New Goals

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family

A New Year With New Goals

January is usually a time for setting goals and unfortunately by February many people find that some of them have been abandoned. The gyms are not as full. The musical instrument may not be practiced as much as planned and the cute little Christmas puppy may not seem as cute when there are puddles on the floor to clean up! There are ways to accomplish the goals though:   Make sure that you really want to accomplish it. Your own passion will drive you whereas another person's idea likely won't have the same effect. Keep it manageable - You will...

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What Is Confidence and How Do We Get It?

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

What Is Confidence and How Do We Get It?

There are different definitions of the word "confidence" and different ways of viewing the concept.   Keeping a secret - When you have a close friend or co-worker who will take the information you give them and keep it quiet; you are blessed. Not everyone will respect or honour you enough to keep your words private. When someone asks you to keep a confidence, however, you will need to discern whether it is appropriate to do so. Situations including things like abuse or illegal activities do not make good secrets. Belief in something or someone - It is easy to...

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The Times They Are a Changing But Some Things Stay the Same

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

The Times They Are a Changing But Some Things Stay the Same

When I grew up Boxing Day sales were a big thing. Now the trend is to make purchases on Black Friday. Many retailers are concerned about the fact that online shopping has grown significantly, harming their "bricks and mortar" operations. Extended customer service needs and distance have changed the traditional holiday gatherings of the past when everyone would get together for December 25th. Often there are family members missing from the dinner table due to work or living conditions. Yes, a lot of things have changed over the years. We used to smoke in the house and put the cat...

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The Month of October

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family

The Month of October

Have you ever wondered about the origin of certain words? This weekend I was thinking about the word "October" and decided to look it up. The Roman calendar only had ten months as January and February were not included at that time. Winter had cycles that were divided into eight-day weeks but not into months until later. At that time, the last four months of the year all ended in "ember" which doesn't seem to have a significant meaning. The prefix for the last four months of September, October, November and December, however, were derived from the Old French words...

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Giving Back Because of Thanks

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family

Giving Back Because of Thanks

When my mom died I "inherited" boxes and boxes of black and white photos. Many of them showed soldiers in uniform with their arms around her. I really don't know who these men were but remember the powerful stories that she told about how many of her friends went off to war and never returned. They were committed to serving our country and seeing other lands but, at the same time, like most youth were naïve about the price they would pay. In fact, many small Saskatchewan towns lost great numbers and cenotaphs with their engraved names were erected in...

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Mentors - Having and Being One

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Mentors - Having and Being One

Dr. Ben Carson rose from humble beginnings as the son of a single parent to become a trailblazing brain surgeon. Many of us remember the time when he separated congenital twins who were not expected to live or have watched his life story in the movie "Gifted Hands". His cutting-edge methods and strong commitment that involved over 15,000 surgeries were recognized with numerous awards as well as respect and gratitude from those who crossed his path. Dr. Carson's whole life was not only dedicated to developing expertise in his field of practice but also to serve others. After retiring from...

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Faith and Politics

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Faith and Politics

Often, I have heard individuals say that the most controversial topics in life involve religion and politics. What they don't probably think about is the fact that most people have faith in something, but it might not fit into a traditional definition - God, a group, freedom, their career or even a pet. And politics is not just the formal system that we recognize through voting and governance. In fact, politics is part of absolutely everything that we do! The two, faith and politics in fact, are very much tied together. We tend to think that the political party that...

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