Category: Personal

Learning Gratitude

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I’m grateful to be reaching sixty, as I’ve said in earlier blogs, and the photo I post with each blog reflects some aspect of my gratitude. I’ve drawn inspiration from the photographer Hailey Bartholomew and her wonderful 365Grateful project which has influenced people all over the world and is now being made into a film.So is optimism born…

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Renewal

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Nature, indeed life in general, is never static. It moves in cycles – of darkness and light, death and renewal, grief and hope. Over this past month many people, here in Brisbane and elsewhere, have been flooded – by loss as well as love  – as described in my last post. Thoughts of renewal came to me as…

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Flooded

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It’s hard to know what story to tell; the late-night evacuation as access roads closed – the anxious wait for days before the flood peaked – returning  to the house to face the devastation –the overwhelming generosity of helpers – or the long road ahead to regain some sense of normality. This is not my story – it…

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Summer Daze

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Summer is associated with a sprawling somnolence here in sub-tropical Australia. The sweltering heat and sultry humidity slow the body and mind. The air is so moist that it has weight and resistance – it’s hard work to slice through it as you move about. Summer is also the time of our long annual holidays with festivities and…

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Travelling On

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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” The opening lines of ‘The Go-Between’ by LP Hartley, describes a man in his mid-sixties reminiscing whilst pouring through a box of mementos. As a child who lived her life in books, I’ve always loved the idea of travel – through time and space – going back in…

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Letting Go and Getting Lost

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I’ve been trying to relax when I have the opportunity lately. I work part time although I often seem to be involved in work activities most days and some nights. Partly that’s because I love what I do, and partly it’s because I’m a bit of a perfectionist and fuss over doing the best job I can. So…

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Wellbeing and Being Well

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So despite philosophising, planning for a change of pace and gratitude for what I already have in life, getting older does have its down side – the aging body. My body has just raised the ante recently in reminding me that it needs care by succumbing to a series of viruses, including one that caused inflammation, pain and…

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Grateful for the afternoon

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Thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still, we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life’s morning; for what was great in the morning will be little at evening,…

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