• Life Matters

    DEATH

    You may wonder why I am writing on the topic of death? It is a continuation of where I left off on my last subject of “Limitations”. The quote from Pope Paul V1 reminds us that we should think about death because it helps us live a full life, a life without limitations. As the quote said: Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. Death is not a conversation topic that…

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    LIMITATIONS

    I have been thinking about limitations and have asked the question – am I holding myself back? Do I put limitations on myself, what I can do, what I can achieve? As we get older and enter the retirement phase of life, it is time to re-evaluate our purpose and place in the world. By the world I mean, in relationships and community. If I see myself as “getting older” and no longer having as much value, I am limiting myself. This is the first limitation. Defining ourselves by age limits our potential. As we know a 60-year-old can look and behave older and a 70-year-old can look and behave…

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    SMART

    I am still finalising my goals for 2019 and to do this I am using the SMART model. Even though I am working on my “B” year – for example, one of my goals is “I will B healthy in 2019”. But what does that mean and how will I achieve the goal? This year I am not making any New Year’s resolutions. I am replacing these with goal setting. Not just any ordinary goal-setting but identifying specific and action-oriented goals. Goal setting is nothing new to businesses and organisations but not everyone sets personal goals. Some of us may have random ideas about what we want to achieve but…

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    DREAMING

    It is the start of another year and time for dreaming. It is good to day-dream and temporarily detach from what is happening around us, the mundane, the routine of life! Dreaming puts us in the shoes of a conductor as we go about orchestrating our life. But is it as simple as dreaming about it? Dreaming, including day-dreaming can be good for us. As long as we don’t spend too much time day-dreaming and then not do anything productive. Otherwise it becomes maladaptive dreaming – it does not do us any good. I have been dreaming about how I will live in 2019. My dreaming time is when I…

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    Labels

    Travelling somewhere? It is the time of the year when people all over the world are travelling and placing labels on their suitcases. What type of luggage labels do you have? Are they easily recognisable? Is it colourful? Does it say something about you? Product labels We would not recognise any products unless they were properly labeled. The product label not only tells us about it, but it is used to promote the product, to make us reach for it from the supermarket or shop shelve. Then there are the labels on clothing, it tells us all about the item and it will also have a tag attached giving you…

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    Expectations

    It is that time of the year when we are full of expectations. Do you have any expectations now that Christmas Day is just around the corner? Expectations of yourself or others? At this time of the year many of us all of a sudden have expectations! We expect certain things from family members and friends and they expect certain things from us. We expect that special gift, the one we have been waiting for all year! Therefore, it is good to take “time out” to give ourselves some thinking time, to work out what others expect of us and work out whether we can meet their expectations? However, it…

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    Transitions

    We are continually making transitions in our life. Some are minor transitions and others are major transitions. When I got up this morning, I made the transition from resting to wakefulness. A very minor transition. But a transition, nonetheless. Some of us make a transition in our life without a ripple and for others it is very challenging. Right now, many are thinking of the Christmas/New Year holidays and planning their transition into a more carefree lifestyle – away from work, at least for a few weeks! But then there are just as many continuing to work such as medical people, hospital workers, emergency services workers, and police. One of…

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    The Christmas Tree

    All over Toowoomba in shops and businesses I find I am looking at a Christmas tree. On Thursday 6th December 2018 there is the annual Christmas street parade beginning at the City Hall, Ruthven Street, around the corner into Margaret Street, arriving at the Grand Central (shopping centre) community space. Then there will be the official lighting of Toowoomba’s largest tree! Families will be out in their throngs, and maybe a few in thongs, enjoying the activities. I enjoy this time of the year, the decorations, the lights, the Christmas trees, the hustle and bustle and joy of Christmas shopping. Decorating the Christmas Tree can be a family event. However,…

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    The joy of champagne

    If you have never drank champagne, then you are missing out on the joy of champagne! I find whenever I turn up at a celebration, there is usually a bottle of champagne. It just keeps turning up at special events. Special events can include birthdays, christenings, a job promotion, births, weddings, seeing in the New Year, and even funerals. Racing car drivers celebrate a win with champagne. However, out of respect for the culture the Formula 1 winners in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain spray non-alcoholic rosewater. Not everyone drinks champagne however if your culture permits it then why not have a glass, at least once in a while! Then there…

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    Stormy weather

    Queensland summer’s are known for stormy weather. This year we did not need to wait until summer, the stormy weather began in Spring! I missed the Spring days as there were so few of them. Spring arrived and so did the hot stormy weather. Then we had a return to cold winter days. Yes, in the middle of Spring. Is all this to do with climate change or just a change in weather patterns? Just off the coast of Queensland we have the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The GBR is a 2,300km long ecosystem and was given world heritage status in 1981. Given the changes in the climate there are…