• Life Day By Day

    Birds of a feather flock together

    This week in Australia is National Bird Week, 18 -24 October 2021. Anyone can take part in the great Aussie Bird Count. If you missed it this week, then there is always next year. We have many visiting species of birds in our backyard. This is due to living steps away from a park – 31 hectares of bushland. It has plenty of space for bush walkers, runners, and mountain bikers. So much space that it never gets crowded. Wherever we go, in the great outdoors in Australia, we find the same species of birds flock together. Birds look like they have a carefree life. They float on the wind…

  • Life Day By Day,  Socio-Political

    For the common good

    I have met and know many people that make an effort to live their lives for the common good. That is, sharing the benefits of living in a civil society. But I also know of people who put self-interest before the common good. Self-interest is a subtle characteristic. It is not always recognised by those who put self-interest ahead of the common good. They have little insight or care about this trait in their character. So, there is none or little guilt associated with their way of life. COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Health Orders The stay-at-home health orders, due to COVID-19, are for everyone to follow. The orders are in place for…

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    Life Matters

    Celebrating life through connection

    How good am I at celebrating life? How good are you at celebrating life? Do we pause to reflect on the key moments of life and celebrate? There have been key moments in my life that I did not celebrate. Or at the least, celebrate in a way that was memorable. The best way we can make celebrations memorable is when we share them with others. Celebrating the happy times Most of us will celebrate a birthday. A birthday number with a zero is notable and worth celebrating. Another decade of life. What were the experiences, the highlights, the lowlights? There are so many milestones in life we can celebrate.…

  • Life Matters

    Finding your place

    Have you found your place? Can you remember when you were at a large group celebration, a wedding, or a corporate event. That is, before COVID-19. You are wandering around the tables looking for your name, your place. Have you ever been the one to swap the table name cards so that you could sit near someone else! You either recognised that this was not the best place for you or for the other person. It’s a small fact of life and not one that is likely to have much impact. But what about other situations when finding your place is not so easy. Belonging Most of us, all of…

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    Life Matters,  Self-Care

    Expectations and a happy life

    Is it good for us to live our lives with high expectations? Will it make us happy? Or will we be happier if we lower our expectations? But what if we keep our expectations high? If we do, there is a high likelihood we will experience disappointment. Not everyone, or every situation, can live up to our expectations all the time. More so if we set the bar too high. To have a happier life is it as simple as lowering our expectations? We humans are complex beings. We might be alike in many ways, yet in many ways we are different. Thus, we have different expectations of ourselves, others,…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Pandemic Puppies

    There has been more interest in puppies since the pandemic settled in and people are in lockdown. So, what better time to welcome a new puppy into your home. A fur baby to be the focus of your love and attention. Due to the pandemic puppies have been in big demand. So, the prices for a puppy have skyrocketed. That is good news for dog breeders. But not so good news for people who could enjoy a puppy but who cannot afford the high price tag. The small, big, and designer dog prices have gone from $800 to $5,000. If you are older, alone, and stuck at home due to…

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    Life Matters

    COVID-19: The pivot and pirouette

    I am looking forward to the time when I no longer have the inclination to write about COVID-19. But as it is foremost in my mind it is my topic once again. The buzz word about business is how they can pivot and keep afloat with little or no income. Or do they need to pirouette? Will they survive the economic and mental health impact of extended lockdowns? Some small businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector will not make it. Also, smaller retail outlets. It does not matter how much they pivot it will not help. Even a pirouette, a full turn around, it will not help. Business capital…

  • Life Matters

    The problem with Groupthink

    There are few of us who will not have been influenced by Groupthink, at one time or another. Do you believe you are a free thinker? Someone that always thinks for yourself? Do you critically evaluate differing views? Or is it time to think again? The Groupthink phenomena is present everywhere. Whether or not we get caught up in Groupthink depends on our ability to assess the evidence, not just the views of others. Another factor is whether or not we believe that dissent is an option. Also, is there coercion or propaganda enticing us to follow the group majority and conform?   COVID-19 and Groupthink Even though we are…

  • Life Matters

    Things to do before you die

    It might not be the best time to talk about things to do before you die in the middle of a pandemic, but this is my topic for today. It is sad to hear of so many COVID-19 deaths across the world. Older people, younger people, and children. The COVID-19 virus does not discriminate. The situation causes me to think about life and how we are living it. Every life is precious, every life is valuable. But sometimes we do not value our life until it is too late. I have noticed that a life can take on more value, more purpose, more celebration, when it ends. This happens when…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    What about the children?

    I was born and grew up in Australia. At an early age I understood what it was like to live in a peaceful country. I had a family who loved me. I was fed. I was warm. I got an education. I knew the freedom of riding my bike to school. I was safe to explore my neighbourhood and walk to a friend’s place to play. I never heard gun shots or feared for my life. I never had to scavenge for food. I had a family who looked out for me. But this is not the story of many children today across the world. So, the question I ask…