Meeting Minutes - Tim Tentcher: Picture Your Life - July 11th. 2019
President Julian Sale opened the meeting in the Trinity United Church sanctuary at 9:58 am with 47 members in attendance plus one guest, Terry Maurice. He also welcome today’s speaker, Tim Tentcher. Julian welcomed back after a lengthy illness Ed Herold.
President Sale informed us that in the interest of reaching out to other men, he has created some business cards for members to pass out to prospective new members. These business cards can direct people to our website. Julian also directed members to our website encouraging them to learn about our need to fill volunteer positions and what is involved in some of our committees needing more support.
Announcements Activities – Ken Marchant - The Activities Committee still needs some volunteers. - The night at the Race track on September 23rd has four spaces left if anyone else wishes to attend. - We need a count of how many would be interested in a tour of Nestles Bottling works. (About 8 people indicated interest). - Hamilton Family Theatre (Drayton Group) event scheduled for August 13th at 2:00 pm to see “12 Angry Men.” Sign up sheet is available. Cost is dependent on the number of people signed up but the top price is $39 a ticket. - The Committee is looking at future events such as Valentine’s Day and they are taking suggestions of places that we could attend for this event. - Members were asked who and how many would be interested in a hike. (about five to eight were). - The distillery tour is coming up on Tuesday, July 23rd at 2:00 pm at Spring Mill Distillery on Arthur Street at a cost of $5:00 paid at the door and $10 for a taste sample. Members and guests are welcome but you need to sign up.
Coffee – Andy Curtis - Next Thurs., July 18th, @ 10:00 am coffee will be at the Boathouse and the alternative meeting location is the Airpark Café.
Food Truck Fridays Food Truck Fridays takes place from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Trinity United Church parking lot each Friday for the next three weeks. There are different food trucks each week along with musical entertainment.
John Sneyd introduced today’s presenter, Tim Tentcher.
Topic:Picture Your Life Tim Tentcher created a practical manual that will enhance your life if you follow it. There are no new ideas here. Instead, he’s drawn from ancient wisdom passed down through the years combined with recent work in the field of positive psychology and cognitive therapy. He’s combined these ideas to create a practical approach that has helped his clients make changes to their lives. Picture Your Life will help readers create a healthy mind and find the beauty of the soul!
Bio: Meditation and contemplative prayer have been Tim’s spiritual foundation for over 35 years. His experiences as a hermit monk in northern Ontario shaped his early adult life, and later, he joined The Little Brothers of Jesus, a Catholic fraternity founded by Charles de Foucauld. After spending many years as a monk, he became a lay person and married Nancy, the love of his life. More than 25 years ago, he led one of the first cognitive therapy groups in his community. Since that time, he has spent 20 years working with a cutting-edge program that focused on helping people with severe mental health concerns to think clearly and find their dreams. He credits the effectiveness of this approach to his discovery of the field of positive psychology, founded by Martin Seligman. The practice of Positive Psychology offers a recipe for contentment that he teaches to his clients. But what he finds really exciting is that the synergy between positive psychology and traditional approaches creates results and benefits that far exceed either of these approaches alone.
Presentation: Tim Tentcher Tim began his presentation, Picture Your Life, by showing a slide with a picture of Albert Einstein who once stated: “I have no particular talent. I’m merely inquisitive.” Tim went on to say that we are always growing and if you don't grow you die. Life is about living on purpose. The other thing in life, which can be found in his book, Picture Your Life, is learned contentment.
How do we become content? You have to learn how to use the abilities that you have. We are all picturing our life. Get the brain learning that new thing. Finding ways to picture your life is important. Learn about things that work.
Tim went on to talk about positive psychology and things that work. He has been researching what makes people content since 1965. You need things with rigour. Things that science has proven that work. What makes us content is putting our values into action. Examples of values are: Wisdom and Knowledge: love of learning, Open mindedness, To love and be loved, Fairness, Humour, Thankfulness, Caution, Modesty, Leadership, Teamwork, Bravery, Honesty, Creativity. Psychology says that if you put your values into action, you will be content 70% of the time. If you do this it will connect to “FRAMES.” Frames is: Fun, Relationships, Appearance, Mess, Economics, and Sunshine.
There are stages in life and the one in which the age of the men’s club membership is at is: regeneration versus stagnation. If you don’t regenerate then you’ll stagnate. You have to get connect to something that is important to you. The last stage is integrity versus despair.
Tim Tentcher went on to tell us how to find peace and contentment. We have to realize and become what we think… what our thoughts are. Learning how to have peace and contentment is important. Life is a balancing act. We have to learn how to train our brain “to dance with the clouds.” We have to consider our “now.” Our now is great. We have to relate to people and be able to communicate with people. Live life with flavour, live life with spice, and find your passion.
John Sneyd thanked Tim Tentcher and gave him a token of the Club’s appreciation.
Next meeting: Thurs. July 25th, 2019 (in the sanctuary) with Bill Rowley – Electric Vehicles: the Time is Now.