I found this infographic why Canada is better than the USA on visual.ly and I have to publish  it here:)

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Maintaining your poise when the truly unexpected happens is a sure sign you’re in the right workspace.

We’ve all been in situations in our personal and professional lives where something completely unexpected occurs. How we deal with it can be a useful measure of our true level of comfort in that relationship or work role.

I’ve seen two wonderful illustrations of the positive aspects of this phenomenon on the stage in the past couple of years.

Lesson #1. Teacher: Mark Rylance, actor and artistic director of London’s Globe Theatre.
During a performance of Twelfth Night, taking place in a long narrow dining hall at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor, Michigan on November 22nd , with the players performing between raised banks of seats containing the audience on each side, an elderly man, who looked like he had Parkinson’s disease appeared to become ill. Escorted by a companion he slowly made his way down the steps clinging unsteadily to the railing with one hand, and with the other to both his cane and his companion.

In the intimate space of this faux-theatre, as if he had eyes in the back of his head, Rylance raised his right hand and said “ladies and gentlemen, let’s just all pause here for a moment". He and his fellow actors froze as if in some Kabuki drama, the ill older man shuffled out of the hall in about 30 seconds, Rylance’s hand dropped, and the action resumed more smoothly than if you’d used the pause button on your DVD player.

If the performance of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies was outstanding, so was the aplomb with which Rylance acted at that moment. He displayed complete control over the audience in additon to his troupe.

Lesson #2. Teacher: A. McDonald, noted singer and actress.
At about 4.35 pm on January 30th, in front of an audience of 2,500 people at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, four-time Tony Award winner, A. McDonald had a “brain fart".

Perhaps 12 lines into a song, McDonald suddenly gestured to her pianist Ted Sperling, stopped singing, and said “sorry, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to restart this song; I’ve just had a brain fart". Everyone on stage and off laughed. After a momentary pause she started the song back at the beginning. The rest of her show went off without a hitch.

Her stage presence and singing, like all previous times I’ve seen her perform was wonderful. So was the ease with which she, a major star acknowledged the misstep, and went back to the starting line. It was an act of professionalism, self-assurance, humanness, and poise that was wonderful to witness.

Reflect on how well you roll with the punches. When are you most likely to act naturally and spontaneously with wit and verve? Those circumstances are valuable clues to your ideal work environment and companions.

No, I'm not being overcritical of myself. Yes, I do realize that I do many things which could be considered hobbies, and I am a warm and outgoing individual. However, I do not have any social settings in which to make new friends (we'll leave influencing people to the workplace, or maybe next year). Well, I started the salon last year but it really has yet to get kicking, so that's my first tactic in the get-a-life campaign.

The goal is to have something to do outside the house that I enjoy more than I enjoy what I do in the house... which will be tough because I really like hanging out at home. Plus, I have very little spending money - I'm on an $8 a day budget for fun-money. So getting a life is going to be a challenge within these parameters.

More to come. get in touch with me admin@justsue.ca