An end of year reflection Delta and Omicron. A new job. Importance of family and friends. Community. The blessing of another grandchild. Zoom. Social Media fatigue. And learning that I am cisgender (sorry, I’m slow). These are some thoughts that come to mind when I think about 2021. (There are plenty of others but these will do for now.) It was a year I was … Continue reading Dealing with the pain of forgiveness
Now we realise it really is on the other side of the planet “Previously, I think before Covid, I would have said only 30 percent. Now I think that that percentage is higher, because we realised how far we are from our family.” Esther Mirjam muses on the likelihood of returning to her homeland of Switzerland. Covid has changed so much. “Before we came here … Continue reading Living on the other side of the planet
So Sydney is in Covid lockdown again. The next 2 weeks, no substantial contact with anyone outside my home, except if I’m sick, need toilet paper from the shops or a barista-made (take-away) coffee. I decide that I need to go for a walk after online church, where one of the upsides is “seeing” a friend in the chatbox, whom Sue and I haven’t spoken … Continue reading Understanding lockdown anxiety
Doug’s story “I started running seriously about 20 years ago”, Doug explains. “Initially it was to spend time with my son Paul, who had developed a passion for running when he was 14.” Eventually Doug would be running long distances. Even though he had previously undergone a knee reconstruction, he became an endurance athlete, running in many long-distance events. “At the time of my peak … Continue reading The heart of a runner
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?
Travis turned 40 earlier this year. He believes he experienced a turning point around that time. “I had been having health problems caused by a number of changes in my life.” Travel He reflects on his life prior to that. He has done a lot of travel. United States, Canada, parts of Europe such as England and Italy, and most countries of South East Asia … Continue reading Turning 40
Getting ahead in her career was not a major priority for Emma this year. Yet the onset of Covid-19 has elevated her work in ways she could not predict. Her skillset and professional experience are more in-demand now than they have ever been. Change of focus Emma’s focus at the beginning of the year was on helping her employer expand into new markets through strategic … Continue reading An unexpected turn
“I lost my dream job. After years of building up to it, I thought I’d paid my dues.” Jasmine has worked in childcare for over ten years. Landing a job in a newly opened preschool represented so much for her. She learned of the job in 2019, before the preschool opened. At the time she was Director of a Long Day Care Centre in another … Continue reading Jasmine’s story