Strategic

Can I believe what I am seeing?

Yes, kangaroos do hop down the main street of many towns in Australia. At least this picture says so. But could it be fake? Do I need to see to believe? Are some goannas so docile to appreciate a peck on the cheek as they bask in the sun? Who…

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Perspective. I love the word and its contemplation.

Perhaps that’s the point. Perspective is about contemplation. In the era of rapid gratification achievement, in an effort to feel better when we are presently feeling worse, we lose perspective. We fail to contemplate as we prioritise short term goals. To satisfy a greedy and egocentric physical self, at the…

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When rock bottom is only a state of mind

When the rock bottom provides a platform to move forward. Just watch out for the crocodiles lurking! I remember reading about an American professional athlete who after many successful years playing in the highest league in his team sport and earning millions of dollars each year was bemoaning that his…

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Wellbeing does require effort and discipline …

My wonderful partner’s gorgeous art-work and embroidery. OK, I’m not a dinosaur but … I wrote yesterday that wellbeing is nurtured by many things that are free. The ‘bad’ news is that those ‘free’ things still require effort and personal discipline. Like exercise, getting to bed and arising earlier, choosing…

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Plant blindness and loss of habitat

Kangaroos adapt to changing climatic conditions. Can humans? I read an article a few months ago on the concept of plant blindness and how we humans tend to focus on loss of fauna, but less so on loss of flora. In Australia, there is concern about koalas becoming endangered, and…

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Wellbeing need not always cost you money

Sunset over the Coral Sea. All too often, especially in our capitalist communities, there is the assumption to be well one must spend money. Reminds me of the story my partner told me of a distant colleague commending her on her appearance and asked “what are you using?”. “Nothing” was…

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Drawing the line, between good and bad, fair and unfair …

The list goes on. What is reasonable human behaviour? What should be banned or decriminalised, for example, recreational drug use? How much stonewalling should we tolerate from our politicians? What about so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws; how do we reconcile the sometimes competing desires of the secular community with those of…

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Idyllic but keeping up appearances, for now

An iconic beach but requiring human intervention to ‘re-sand’ after mother nature’s intervention. If it were only so simple for our other icons, like the Great Barrier Reef. A reef now in serious deterioration, at the mercy of unfettered climate change and its destiny in the hands of the ’emperors’…

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When the best things in life are free

The joy, of just being with nature … Well the pedant may say nothing is free, everything involves a cost. Maybe, in terms of our usual life-styles or cultures. the control systems, capitalism, our relationships, and so on, perhaps that is true. It costs me to freely express myself in…

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