• Life Wise Hints

    Self-directed leadership

    When I started my professional life as a social worker back in the 1980s, I did not know much about self-directed leadership. Learning was through books or articles in libraries or bought in a book shop. Back then there were no computers, no emails and generally a lack of information. Any mail was filtered and controlled by the manager of my workgroup. She decided what information would be of interest to the rest of us. It was then placed on a clipboard and circulated from one person to the other. At the time team members were reliant on our manager and it shaped our behaviour in the workplace. Today, in…

  • Life Wise Hints

    WORLD GLAUCOMA WEEK

    This week is world glaucoma week (10-16 March). Did you know that glaucoma is the leading cause of avoidable blindness in the world? There are over 300,000 Australians living with undiagnosed glaucoma. It is a serious condition when undetected as it damages the optic nerve. The damage is irreversible. It is very easy to find out if you have glaucoma. All it takes is a visit to the optometrist. People with family history of glaucoma, and those from an African or Asian descent have a higher risk of developing glaucoma. Anyone with a history of glaucoma in the family and over 40 years should have their eyes checked every 2…

  • Life Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    VALUE

    When I think of the word value there are many ways, I can look at it. At our place when we have tradespeople in, we want them to do a good job, but we also want value for money. It was no more evident last week when we got a quote for a replacement shower screen. We got two quotes. The first one was $2,600 the second one was $750. Then there was the quote from a plumber with no brand names for our selected products! What would we get – an inferior product? I asked if the quote could be updated with product details. Three days later, no news!…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    WORDS

    If we did not have words to communicate what would our world look like? Would it look better or worse? Words are all over the place. We read them in books, newspapers, letters, emails, billboards and the list continues. Words  come out of our mouth, sometimes without thinking! We can use words to hurt or we can use words to heal. We are all shaped by words and this begins straight after birth. The words our parents and others say to us can encourage us or discourage us. We can feel loved or unloved. Words matter. As long as words are syncretised with our non-verbal actions. When our words and…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    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…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    As good as it gets

    Have you ever woken up one morning and thought is this “as good as it gets”? I am sure there are many of us as we navigate life and ageing. Not that I am that old – yet! But like all other baby boomers, I am getting older. I am reminded of the movie “As Good As It Gets”. The movie received multiple awards. Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear (the main actors) all received an Academy Award Oscar for their performance. All together the movie received at least 40 winner awards from 1997 – 1999 and that is not counting award nominations. The awards that actors receive are…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    Online habits – the subtle seduction

    Whether we like to admit it or not most of us have online habits. That is, what we do when we go online. How long we spend surfing the net. How long we spend on social media. If you have a business how long do you spend looking for marketing tips or inspiration? How long do we spend researching that new purchase? Yes, our online habits can control us if we are not aware of the seduction of the internet – the subtle seduction. Why do I say seduction? Because technology lure’s us into its web. Most of us can’t stay away from it. Yes, even older people, over 65-year old’s,…

  • Life Wise Hints,  Self-Care

    The Happiness Thermostat

    At what level is your happiness thermostat? At what level is my happiness thermostat? How do we maintain a happy equilibrium in our lives and is it necessary? I know that I feel better about myself and the world around me if I feel okay – I am happy. That is, I am not feeling down in the dumps, or at least not for too long! Emotions As we all know how we feel, our level of happiness, fluctuates. We can feel sad. Life circumstances can cause sadness and sadness is an emotion that will come and go in life. Sadness has benefits as it allows us to work through…

  • Life Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    Happiness and ageing

    Does happiness and ageing go together? Is everyone who is ageing – happy? Most developed countries have accepted the age of 65 years as getting older or “elderly”. If you, like me “just” over 65 years old you are a senior, an older person or elderly! Whatever your age, everyone is growing older at the same daily rate. It is just that the person who is 20 years younger than me will never catch up to me. I like it that way – giving all the younger people the challenge of catching up! Is someone 20 years younger than me, happier than me? What does make us happy as we…

  • Health Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    National Heart Foundation Tick

    When I spoke about the National Heart Foundation Tick recently with my sister Debbie, she told me it was no longer trustworthy. I was astonished to hear this and decided to investigate. The National Heart Foundation Tick has been a trusted symbol since 1989. It was the most recognised food labelling program for 26 years. That is, until December 2015 when the heart foundation retired the tick! I was wondering what I was doing in my retirement when the tick retired? Nobody told me! Then thinking back to late 2015 it was when we moved from Maleny to Toowoomba. I was very busy unpacking in our rental house while out and…