How much would you pay to save someone you love? Preparing a talk about what some ancient proverbs have to say about wealth, I reacquainted myself with Jean Paul Getty. A few years ago I read his biography, All the Money in the World (not to be confused with the film of the same title). His life is fascinating reading and I thought a great … Continue reading Understanding wealth
I realise that so much of my life is spent trying to avoid pain. In a sheer guess, I suspect avoiding pain is just the other side of the coin to “pursuing pleasure” and all of us are motivated by either one side or the other throughout our lives. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying this is necessarily a bad thing. There are all sorts … Continue reading Understanding pain
It’s been about three and a half years since I visited Cambodia. At the time I was working for an NGO and the purpose of the trip was to gather stories and footage of the work our partners were doing in local communities. I think I travelled the extremity of the country in about ten days. I loved it. The people were so friendly. There … Continue reading I never managed to visit the killing fields
An Easter Reflection I recently read an article on the ABC news site, titled A power has risen in Australian politics – and it’s not coming quietly. The author, Annabel Crabb, considers the shifting landscape in Australian politics that is undermining the traditional patriarchal power base. She states, “in this instance, there is opportunity for women to seek justice, to speak out, to demand restitution … Continue reading The life of power
A few days ago my grandson, Felix Gabriel Xiaoyu was born. Celebrating Life It is wonderful being a granddad all over again. The delight of welcoming someone into your family is special. Holding him for the first time is even more special. Here is life in all its potential. In this little bundle that only weighs about 2.8 kilos (a little over 6 pounds) I … Continue reading New Life
When we are ready to make a new beginning, we will shortly find an opportunity William Bridges, Transitions I am not sure what to think about this quote from Bridges. It is true that a great opportunity has come my way in terms of a new job. But as I look back over the past few months, the time has transpired far quicker than I … Continue reading The next stop
A New Year’s Eve Reflection Looking back on the past year, I am very grateful for a lot of things. One of them is this cup. I love it. Every time I have an opportunity to make myself a drink, whether a coffee, a tea or a herbal drink, this is the cup! I love it for a couple of reasons. First, Sue, my wife … Continue reading What do you want to bury from 2020?
A Christmas Reflection There is nothing more wonderful than watching a child play. Their freedom and lack of inhibition. Their ability to simply get lost in their own world. Their simple love of play. I remember how much I looked forward to Christmas as a boy. How much anticipation there was watching the presents amass under the Christmas tree. The sheer joy of unwrapping the … Continue reading Becoming a child again
A Christmas reflection This is Maxie. We took him on as a rescue dog seven years ago. When I first met him, I thought he was very sweet, sitting in his kennel, forlorn, with big begging eyes. For anyone who has a dog, you know exactly what I mean. Confession But I have a confession. I’m not really a dog person. The suggestion would bring … Continue reading Oh Maxie, why stress about Christmas?