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    Life Day By Day

    Finding lost things

    Yesterday I wrote and published an article titled ‘Purpose as we age.’ But somehow it disappeared into cyberspace and I cannot find it. It is like so many other things in life that disappear – your favourite pen, glasses, books, wallet, tablet, keys, mobile, even friends. Finding lost things is not always easy. When I was 16 and working, one of the first things I treated myself to was a marquise pendant watch. Then one day it just disappeared. Years later I realised it disappeared with a light-fingered person that was in our home. However, I still have my marquise watch that my parents gave me for my thirteenth birthday.…

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    Life Matters

    Seed purpose

    I am reflecting on our purpose in life as we grow older. That is, what is our purpose as we age? Do we have a a purpose? Are you someone who is struggling to find a purpose? Some of you who read my articles are around my age. Many of you have retired or are near retirement from paid work. There is a life stage when we are paid for our work and a time afterwards when we are not paid. But we still work. Some of us spend more time working after leaving the workforce (paid work). Many older people at this stage of their lives volunteer their time.…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    Cage dwellers

    I have just finished reading Glennon Doyle’s latest book Untamed. Ms Doyle likes to use metaphors in her writing. Her first example is about a cheetah that was born in a zoo. The cheetah did not know what it was like to live in the wild. The cheetah was a cage dweller and trained to perform at the zoo, for entertainment. But was the cheetah happy living in its cage? Ms Doyle goes on to use the metaphor to describe herself. At one time, she was also a cage dweller. She was caged by social conditioning and cultural expectations. The book has many powerful moments of truth about human behaviour.…

  • Health Matters,  Out and About

    Time for a beach holiday

    There is no time like Autumn or Winter weather for a beach holiday in Queensland. There are other places across Australia where you can enjoy a great beach holiday. Yet, Queensland has some of the most spectacular beaches found in the world. Do you ever long for the wide open spaces of a beach holiday? Walking or sitting on the beach and looking at the expansive ocean while contemplating life. While I love living in the country I always look forward to a beach holiday. There are many reasons for planning a beach holiday. We get an opportunity to explore a new area or reacquaint ourselves with an old stomping…

  • Life Matters

    Today is Good Friday

    Yes, today is Good Friday but what does that mean? Does it mean we have to be good? The state of goodness is about being kind, generous, honest, and helpful. Being ‘good’ is living with integrity and probity. Another way to say this is, ‘doing the right thing, the right way.’ But Good Friday is much more than being good. Good Friday gives me an opportunity to reflect on my life and the world around me. But for many, Good Friday is only a holiday. A time away from work to rest and relax. Time to spend with family and friends. Time to celebrate life. But celebrating life in our…

  • Health Matters

    Wellbeing: food and nutrition

    We all need a nutritional diet whatever our age. We are what we eat and therefore it is important to eat for health. Food is essential to life as without food we perish. Yet, it is not enough to eat any food. We need food that will give our bodies the nutrition it needs for good health. Eating nutritional food will then give us the energy we need to live a good life. Without proper nutrition in our food our bodies will not be able supply our energy needs or repair our body. If I want my body to operate well then I have to be mindful of what I…

  • Life Matters

    Ageism

    Most people do not know what ageism means. It was something that evaded me until last year when I looked further into the issue. So what is ageism? It is stereotyping or discriminating on the basis of a person’s age. Therefore, all individuals whatever age can be the target of ageism. However, older people are more subject to ageism, those 50+. The World Health Organisation (WHO) released their First Global Report on Ageism. WHO conducted a survey of over 83,000 people from 57 countries which covered all six WHO regions of the world. The result was that one in every two people held moderately or highly ageist attitudes. On a…

  • Socio-Political

    Patriarchy and ‘the awakening’

    Patriarchy is a set of belief systems, ideologies, and experiences that together create a worldview. They are tightly held in what I call the normative paradigm of patriarchy. It is a fixed worldview that cannot readily be changed. Those whose minds are regulated by the normative paradigm of patriarchy are responsible for the toxic relationships seen worldwide. That is, in the workplace, home, and community. The paradigm fans the flames for the exploitation of women. The normative paradigm of patriarchy The normative paradigm of patriarchy dates back to a patriarchal belief system in the first century, based on patria potestas.  In this social system power is held by the pater-familias.…

  • Socio-Political

    Toxic workplaces and the awakening

    There is a lot of toxicity in the world. It is in our bodies, in the environment, the oceans, our lives. Wherever we live, we find it. We have become so used to living with toxicity we no longer see it. It has wafted into our lives in its varying forms and there it stays. Why have we let this happen? Because we do not recognise it. We do not slow down enough. We are too busy doing ‘things’ and making ‘things’ happen. When this happens we lose our centre. It is lost in a world of toxicity. Our world of toxicity is no more present than in the workplace.…

  • Socio-Political

    Toxic workplaces

    The topic of toxic workplaces is in the news. It came about due to Brittany Higgins letting her voice speak. Letting her ‘voice speak’ may sound like an oxymoron and yes it is. We all have a voice, women have a voice, but there are many occasions when women do not speak. Why are women stuck in this time warp of ‘not speaking?’ Who is silencing their voices? It is because there is still a belief that women have a place and therefore she must be put in her place? Perhaps women do not speak up because of retaliation from someone more powerful. The imbalance of power is no more…