• Life Wise Hints

    Want to be a writer?

    I am leaving ‘wellbeing’ behind for the moment and writing on the topic of writing. My question to you is ‘do you want to be a writer?’ If the first thought that came in to your head was ‘no’ I have news for you. You are a writer. We are all writers, some just do it more often than others. Of those who write more often, many will write full-time, and make a career out of it. Some people even get paid for writing, that is the ‘good ones.’ But how do we get good at writing? The short answer is ‘keep writing’ but yes, it is more complicated. However,…

  • Health Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    Wellbeing and micro-moments of connection

    It is good for our wellbeing if we are connected to others. This can be family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and social acquaintances. We are social beings, therefore we have a desire to be accepted, to belong, to be connected. Connectedness is important as it boosts our wellbeing. Connectedness starts once we are born Connectedness begins with others when we are infants. The Romanian experience tells us how damaging it is when children have little interactions or connectedness with others. When the communist government fell in 1989, after the Ceausescu era, the West discovered the state of children living in orphanages. The communist government had ruled that children were better…

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    The best way to start your day

    Where I live in Queensland the days are getting longer and warmer. I will have more time in my day if I get up earlier. I have always liked getting up early. It is such a beautiful time of the day. There is silence, apart from the birds singing. The air is crisp, and the sunrise is an ever-changing landscape of colour and splendour. But is getting up early the best way to start your day? Or is getting up at the time you decide, the best way to start your day?   The five second rule Firstly, we have to get out of bed. This is where the 5…

  • Health Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    Music matters

    How does music feature in your life? Do you have a particular music genre that you like? Whatever type of music you like, now is the time to play or listen to music. We are living in unusual times dealing with a pandemic, bought about by the Coronavirus, COVID-19. We continue to hear reports through radio, television, social media, government websites, or businesses about how they are managing or how we should manage the spread of the virus. It is central in our lives and it is causing anxiety and fear for many. At times like this, we must turn down the volume on the Coronavirus news and turn up…

  • Life Wise Hints,  Self-Care

    Aussie rock star Kirk Pengilly

    Have you heard of Kirk Pengilly, the Aussie rock star who performed with the music group INXS (In Excess)? The group was co-founded by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence. Pengilly has a long history as a musician, dating back to 1971 when he was lead singer of a high school band called Guinness. The band evolved into INXS with Michael Hutchence as the lead singer, selling more than 30 million records. However, my focus today is not on INXS but on Kirk Pengilly. He is a talented musician, playing guitar and saxophone. He was also a principal song writer for INXS and a backing vocalist. In 1987 Pengilly when travelling…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Wise Hints

    Greetings are important

    Every time I phoned my mother she would greet me and any other callers (via her landline) with ‘Hello, Good Evening.’ If it was another time of day the appropriate greeting would be heard – ‘Hello, Good Morning’ or ‘Hello, Good Afternoon.’ It was her signature greeting. How do you greet others when you answer your phone? What is your signature greeting? Greetings are very different when we are on our mobile phones. Usually, we know who is calling and therefore our response might be ‘Hello, Bill.’ If my mobile rings and it is an unknown caller I might say a vague ‘Hello’ and nothing more until I find out…

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    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…