• Life Matters

    Injustice

    Martin Luther King Jr said ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Injustice comes to most of us in many varying forms as part of our life journey. But we have to rise above it. We must never give up. We are all born with the ability to rise above adversity. Nothing more to say today, I said it all in my book of 90,000 words published last year.

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Never give up

    There are many mottos we can live by and ‘never give up’ is an important one. Many Australians are going through tough times at the moment. States across Australia are facing unparalleled fire emergencies. Up to 100,000 people have been asked to leave their homes in Victoria. Yesterday around 1,000 people were evacuated to two naval vessels (MV Sycamore and HMAS Choules) from the beach at Mallacoota in Victoria. In Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia fires are posing a risk to life. This is an unprecedented situation, never seen before in the history of Australia. New fires are forming at a disturbing rate. This follows scorching temperatures, extended…

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    2020 Vision in 2020

    We are about to step into a New Year but will we have 2020 vision in 2020? At the very least we all have an opportunity to make 2020 the best year possible for ourselves and others. We can visualise the life we want but our experiences might be different. For many Australians there will be struggles in 2020. For those who have sufferered and are still suffering from the devastating bushfires there will be many dark days ahead. It will be difficult for many to bounce back to where life was before the bushfires. There has been so much loss: of life; of homes; of businesses and livelihoods. There…

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    Thoughts and prayers

    When you hear the expression thoughts and prayers do you see this as an attempt to give comfort? When people are experiencing tragic circumstances what should we say? The words seem harmless enough and well-intended but has the statement become too glib? Do the words give comfort and is it the right thing to say? The Urban Dictionary says that thoughts and prayers are ‘an expression of indifference to tragedy intending to seem empathetic.’ It is true that well-intended words do not always give the comfort intended. It was very evident when a woman, whose home was burnt to the ground, lashed out on camera after the Prime Minister of…

  • Life Matters

    A culture of respect

    This past week the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, called for a culture of respect for older Australians. This was in the context of the Prime Minister addressing the damning disclosures of abuse and neglect revealed in the Royal Commission Aged Care Interim Report. The Prime Minister announced that the federal government would provide $537m to increase aged home care packages, reduce the use of chemical restraint and get young people out of residential aged care. It is a start, but as Ian Henschke from National Seniors said it fell short financially of what is needed to support older Australians. While the support is welcome by some, for me…

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    Under the pump

    This week I heard someone say they were ‘under the pump.’ Usually it means that a person is experiencing pressure. On this occasion the person was referring to being under the pump at work. It was a very demanding and busy day. The term under the pump can also mean restraining a person under a pump and let the water pump all over them. In the construction industry ‘under the pump’ refers to a concrete pour. Once the concrete is delivered it must be pumped. Then the workers must work quickly before it sets. For me this week ‘under the pump’ took on a new meaning. The fire at Pechey,…

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    Choices and Aged Care

    What type of choices do older Australians have when it comes to aged care? If you are like me you like choices. Every day we are continually faced with choices. Choices about what to buy at the supermarket; choices regarding medical care; choices for holidays, choices in cars; in homes; choices about gender selection when having a baby and choices not to have one; and choices when diagnosed with gender dysphoria. If you live in Victoria, Australia, you have a choice when to end your life. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 gives people, who have a terminal illness and less than six months to live, the choice to end…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters

    Be Strong

    Be strong! Can we be strong and not cry or not worry? Is a strong person always confident? Is a strong person someone who faces difficult times, takes a deep breath, picks themself up and keeps going? Such questions can cause a conundrum! Can we be strong and show weakness – place our vulnerabilities on show? When I was practicing social work, it included using a Strength Based Approach. I would identify the strengths a person or family had and concentrate on these to build resilience in what was a difficult situation. For example, identifying experiences, aspirations, interests and talents? That can be difficult to achieve alone when life is…

  • Life Matters,  Socio-Political

    The Circle of Life

    My interest in the topic ‘The Circle of Life’ came about this past week as I was thinking about how we live our lives. We live in the world we create, in our own circle. Our circle includes family, work, learning, health, social, spiritual and community. This is our circle of life. Do we stay in our own circle of life or do we venture out into anothers circle? Do we invite others in and keep others out? It is our choice. We are the masters of our circle of life, what we create and how we live. Eventhough we create our own circle of life we are all connected.…