Do I need to see to believe? Who can you believe, in this era of Photoshop, CGI and clever actors? Ultimately, some might offer education, open-mindedness and the nurturing of critical thought and perspective taking, as the necessary protection strategies. Without these, we remain too susceptible to those who would choose to exploit, mislead or … Read more Can I believe what I am seeing?
Parents everywhere may be aware of or even discover how much their children are instinctively willing to trust them. First to be with them, and soon enough, to extend their boundaries of exploration so they can learn. Indeed, to maximise and optimise their learning by gently encouraging incremental risk-taking behaviour with the infant knowing and … Read more The gift of trust. Nurtured through love and self-sacrifice.
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 expense of learning wisdom. Rather, … Read more Perspective. I love the word and its contemplation.
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 career was now at ‘rock-bottom’ after he was recently delisted. “Cry me a river” some might say! This reminded me that often … Read more When rock bottom is only a state of mind
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 healthy food options, limiting alcohol consumption, not smoking, practising gratitude and pursuing education. Meanwhile, we are offered so much … Read more Wellbeing does require effort and discipline …
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 in some central eastern parts of coastal Australia, this is happening. Yet the … Read more Plant blindness and loss of habitat
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 my partner’s reply, just “eating healthy” foods, and the other … Read more Wellbeing need not always cost you money
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 faith? Further, when we move … Read more Drawing the line, between good and bad, fair and unfair …
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’ of the world. As Nero … Read more Idyllic but keeping up appearances, for now
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 this forum. It may cost me if I breathe in contaminated air. My … Read more When the best things in life are free