• 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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    Life Matters

    All Cashed up this Christmas or Not

    The shops are crowded, the plastic cards are working overtime, it looks like everyone is cashed up this Christmas. But are they? Is everyone going further into debt, just like the Federal and State governments in Australia? Christmas is a great time to have a good time. But when the good time is over, and the credit card bill arrives so do the headaches. Unless you are a savvy shopper and do not go for the big expenditure items. Or are you like me and shop early? I spread my Christmas shopping over a few months and by the time December has arrived the credit card is cleared. No surprises…

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    Life Matters

    Christmas is a time for …

    Traditionally Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. All over the world people are making plans to be with the people they love, their family and friends. Once December arrives there is a shopping frenzy. That is why I like to shop for gifts early or online. The giving of gifts goes back thousands of years when gifts were bought to the baby Jesus to celebrate his birth. However, today people give gifts for the simple reason of showing someone else they care. I heard a funny story this week about 8-year-old children who were performing a nativity play. Roles were cast, including the three wise men who bought…

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    Life Matters

    Christmas with …

    Where will you be this Christmas? And who will you be with? Will your mind wander back to your childhood days of Christmas and other special occasions? If so, like me, will you draw on the happy memories? When I reflect on past Christmas and New Year holidays, I am grateful to my parents and extended family. They left me with so many happy memories. I am the first-born of seven children. My childhood memories take me back to 92 Barrack Road, Cannon Hill. It is a suburb of Brisbane and it was my paternal grandparents home. This is the house where my father grew up, the boys sleeping on…

  • Health Matters,  Life Matters

    Wellbeing and lifestyle

    Does wellbeing and lifestyle partner together for health and happiness? Can we have one without the other? I believe that what we put first can make a difference to how we feel about ourselves and those around us. Wellbeing Let us start with wellbeing. If you read my earlier article, I wrote about the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. But wellbeing is not just about diet. Our wellbeing has at least four parts. It is made up of physical, emotional, mental, and social factors. Work is another important factor. We give of our best at work when we trust those we work with, when there is good communication, and our ideas…

  • Health Matters,  Life Matters

    COVID CUDDLY

    I have seen a few COVID CUDDLY people. These people were not always COVID CUDDLY, but this year 2020, things changed. We have all been managing the Coronavirus, COVID-19 and some of us have joined the COVID CUDDLY army. Once I realised I had joined the COVID CUDDLY army I thought I have to do something about it. All my ‘good intentions’ of exercising at home, when it was not safe to go outdoors, disappeared – just like a puff of smoke! One of the best ways to lose the COVID CUDDLY kilos is to cut out carbohydrates. Things like bread, pasta and potatoes. I am a big fan of…

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    Life Matters

    A COVID calamity

    We all have our share of calamities in life. But right now, individuals, families and communities are sharing a major calamity. A COVID calamity. The effects of movement restrictions, lockdowns in Australia and across the world is having an impact. We have a worldwide problem to solve. How do we live with COVID? Living within a COVID normal environment leaves no one untouched. For those struggling with mental illness the pandemic has been an unwelcome factor in their lives. For those who were living a carefree life without mental illness, many are now suffering from anxiety and depression. Mostly caused by financial problems, unemployment, loss of housing and isolation. Unconsciously,…

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    Life Matters

    The heartbreaking reality of coronavirus, COVID-19

    The heartbreaking stories caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19 are immense. Every day I watch television and hear them. But are the media concentrating too much on people’s discontent. When the focus should be on how Australia is avoiding a major outbreak of the virus. Entry into Queensland denied As a older Australian I recognise that people are hurting. They are unable to attend a loved ones funeral. Unable to visit a loved one who is dying in hospital or in aged care. But this is the cost we all must pay to save lives. It might sound heartless but funerals are not for the dead, they are for the living.…