Realizing Your Potential

It has been an amazing weekend here in Australialand as we welcomed home our newest hero Jessica Watson yesterday. Jessica has proved that dreams can come true just so long as you are prepared to endure a bit of blood, sweat and tears on the way. Jessica’s dream to sail around the world before reaching her 17th birthday was realized yesterday while the nation sat  glued to our TV’s, radio’s or( for the lucky few) the Opera house steps to welcome her home.

Like many of others around the world my 9-year-old daughter has been obsessed with Jessica’s journey over the last 210 days and has come to regard Jessica as a symbol of  strength and determination.  As a parent I am so deeply grateful to the Watson family for giving Jessica the space and support needed to do this, especially when the world was ready to point the finger and question the wisdom of such a move. Further, I am grateful to Jessica for giving my young girls a positive role model to look up to in a time when intelligent, hard-working and humble role-models seem hard to come by.  Finally I am personally grateful to Jessica for being true to herself and in doing so showing us that the only way to eat an elephant is piece by piece.

So, while I sit here reflecting on the achievements of this brave woman I think about the direction of another.  Events like this tend to focus our minds onto our own opportunities, desires and achievements.  I am proud of what I have done so far but am also excited by the opportunities that have yet gone unrealized.  I believe that the first step to realizing our potential is to […]

Hope and Beauty this Good Friday

Yesterday was the last day of term and that means only one thing, PARTY TIME.  A couple of my good friends and their tribes converged at my place for coffee, nibbles and a chat and then something amazing and beautiful happened. 

Friend no 1 who I shall refer to as Mamma T (as she is not yet ready to be outed as a ‘artist’)  had created a painting for friend no 2 who I shall call the ice cream man  (don’t ask…)  so while coffee was brewing, fruit being cut and kids being seen to Mamma T hid the painting ready for the big reveal when things settled down.  It didn’t take long before the kids ran off to play hide and seek in the kitchen leaving us to our art appreciation session. 

Mamma T’s painting was brought out and placed on the chair next to the ice cream man to a chorus of oooohhhhs, aahhss and thanks as she explained her colour choices and how she developed the picture based on the ice cream mans brief: 

“I want something that shows the chaos and darkness of life mixed with a little hope” 

or something like that – that conversation  was some coffee breaks ago…. 

Anyway, that was fantastic  but when the sun started to move around and granddad brought out the mozzie lamps things got really interesting.  Have a look through the hope and beauty looking-glass at some art in motion. 


I think that Mamma T has an amazing talent and it looks like the sun gods think so too. What better way to celebrate Easter!

This Christmas, Give Hope

Confession: As far as Church goes I am a strictly Christmas, weddings, baptisms and funerals kind of girl, that’s just how it is. The reason for me going tonight was to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to pass on the traditions of my childhood to my children. 
“Hope = Life”
All so often at Christmas we become fixated on getting the right gift for everyone, buying every variety of cheese, wine and fruit known to man and frantically trying to fit in our hair cut, manicure and fake tan before the big man arrives. But is that enough?

Whatever your religious belief, your ‘life’ circumstances or your personal happiness score Christmas is a great time to put all that aside and think of others.  With another year neatly ticked off and (hopefully) a few days taken at a slower pace, there may finally be time for us to ask ourself  “What can I do to help someone?” 

As I said in the opening, I don’t go to Church regularly but tonight I was struck by the “take-home” message – Give Hope this Christmas.   I invite you to consider this over the coming days as we all have special gifts, talents and energies that when shared can enrich the lives of many. So, whether you choose to donate to charity, volunteer for a few hours, make something or just lend a  friend an ear or shoulder to lean on, enjoy the experience of giving hope, because to give hope is to give life.