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Home. Sweet, sweet home.

If I ever want a dose of perspective, I go to my friend Sam. Here’s what she wrote in 2011 in an article on homelessness for an inner-city Melbourne newspaper: ‘Being homeless is draining, dreary, tedious and boring. It is also terrifying, isolating, depressing, dangerous and soul-destroying.’ Sam knows the topic well: from the ages [...]

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HEARTS AND BONES

There are a many moments in my life when I’ve felt overwhelmingly grateful for experiences, things, events, people… The list is long.  Of these many moments, there are a special handful that almost take my breath away, and one of these times was just yesterday.  Let me explain: Almost 40 years ago, when my older [...]

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Thanks a lot!

As Fiona is away in the US at the moment completing her course in  Positive Psychology,  I have been given the task of selecting a favorite post of Fiona’s…not so easy! I always look forward to reading Fiona’s posts every week and am continually amazed at her ability to produce such honest, open and often humorous [...]

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Being Grateful for Gratitude

It was a business coach called Nicole McAuliffe that first introduced to me the idea of gratitude being an intentional, daily and ritualised act. I’m not sure why she suggested it, but perhaps I was in the middle of an emotional crisis or depressive slump. (Again.)  Whatever the circumstances, I’m so very, very grateful for [...]

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Cool running

As I ran this morning, Mumford and Sons asked ‘Where are you now?’. I did too.  Then Xavier Rudd answered with ‘Home’. I smiled. This is a good sign. Each morning before I leave for my morning run-walk, I do the same yoga routine I’ve been doing for years, give or take a few poses. [...]

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‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE GRATEFUL

There has been much research on the therapeutic value of writing ‘gratitude letters’ and over the past few years I’ve put this to the test. It’s an incredible experience – for the giver and the receiver. And given that out of the 24 Character Strengths, gratitude is one of the most beneficial due to its [...]

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TAKING NOTICE

Last week I was inundated with gifts from the grades five and six kids from Arthur’s Creek Primary school. I’d spent a few months last term getting to know them all as their resident ‘Strengths Teacher’, and had been invited back for a thank you lunch. As I entered the classroom they all leapt out [...]

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The Strength of Teaching

‘Teaching is a privilege’, I heard someone say on ABC radio just now. I concurred with a nod of my head and a ‘sure is!’ out loud.  It got me thinking how much I miss teaching, after hanging up my teacher’s hat a few years back. I’d taught editing and writing at a TAFE college [...]

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Thanks a lot!

It’s easy to espouse the virtues of saving money when you’re not destitute. The same could be said of gratitude: that’s it’s easy to be grateful when things are going right in your life. But what about when they aren’t? Expressing gratitude is a ritual that I start the day with. Sometimes the list is [...]

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Appreciating Beauty and Excellence

When I am moved by nature, art, the innocent gaze of a child, or a wonderful book, I am buoyant for a moment in time or – in the case of a good book – for much, much longer. …As was with a magnificent book I recently read: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, by Matthew [...]

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