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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…

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    Service, surveys and feedback

    Service may come first but after service there are surveys and feedback. It seems that everyone these days after providing a service is asking me to complete a survey or give feedback. What happens to all this feedback collected mostly via short surveys and some not so short? The rationale for feedback is to improve customer service. But are we all suffering from feedback fatigue? I do like to give compliments and positive feedback where it is deserved but this endless invitation to complete surveys and give feedback is very bothersome. It usual takes longer than indicated for these endless requests for feedback. Does it improve the service? When I receive an…

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    Embrace me

    I have not been blogging as regularly as usual. The reason is that I have been attending to my mother’s care needs – she is 92 years old. While demanding it has been a privilege to care for her at this time of her life. However, I am not the only one who is caring for my mother I have three sister and a brother, we are sharing the care. But as the paperwork Queen (a title given to me by my sister) my time has been very occupied! A few weeks ago, my mother phoned me on a Sunday asking me to keep in touch with her throughout the…

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    The door of opportunity

    Is the door or opportunity something we find, or does it sometimes pass us by before we notice? I have pondered this at times and hope as time moves on that I do not miss the door of opportunity. The door of opportunity can come into our lives in many forms. In a job or business, a partner, choosing friends, choosing a home or holiday, where we live, what sports, hobbies, or craft we will invest our time in. What door do we step into and if we find ourselves in an unacceptable situation do we have the courage to step outside the door? Sometimes in our lives we must…