Don’t die with the music inside you!

Wayne Bennett the legendary Rugby League coach used the title of this blog for the title of his 2002 book. I suspect Wayne used the Dr Wayne Dyer quote for his inspiration; “Don’t die with your music still in you. Don’t die with your purpose unfulfilled. Don’t die feeling as if your life has beenContinue reading “Don’t die with the music inside you!”

Emmanuel

Emmanuel means ‘God with us!’ Sometimes at the end of the day I will go for a gentle walk around the suburb before retiring for the night. At present many homes are ablaze with Christmas lights. It fascinates me that most of those homes have lighting displays that feature a Santa, mistletoe, reindeer, sleighs, snowmenContinue reading “Emmanuel”

The journey that matters

Many things confuse me. I have never worked out why young people, especially young men, who are extraordinarily fit use drugs. I have known some extraordinarily talented young people who are elite rowers, football players, swimmers and more who are fit beyond compare. When I bench-press my 15 kg I am in awe of theirContinue reading “The journey that matters”

Back pack

I am a teacher. What a privileged title; teacher! My calling is to walk with young people, to help them find their key to their dreams for OUR world. I come alive when I see the sparkle in a young person’s eyes, when I sense their passion to make a difference, when the fragile flameContinue reading “Back pack”

Bucket List

I have to admit that the term bucket list hardly rated a mention in my life until recently. Sure I had seen the 2007 movie, ‘The Bucket List’ and enjoyed it. And I had in the back of my mind a list of things I would love to do one day. Good old ‘one day’!Continue reading “Bucket List”

The baggage we carry

I often wonder just how free I am? One of the things in my life, and I suspect in most people’s lives, is the baggage we carry. What weighs us down? What are the prejudices, the antagonism, the hurts and anger, the bitter memories that hold us back from being our best and freest self?Continue reading “The baggage we carry”

One

Recently we had the anniversary of the famous Martin Luther King, “I have a dream!” speech. Regardless of your politics or world view it would be difficult not to agree that it was a powerful speech. One man – a journey of courage and commitment to make the world a better place, a more justContinue reading “One”

Why?

I can remember as a young teacher visiting the family of a boy I taught. The lad had a young brother who was about 4 years of age. Little Matthew kept on saying his ‘new word’ – the new word was ‘Why?’ Why did daddy have to go to work? Why was the policeman wearingContinue reading “Why?”

Beauty

Look for beauty with an open heart and you will find it; the mocking of beauty comes from the hardened heart. Have you a favourite movie? A favourite scene from a movie? Many years ago one of my favourite movies was Elephant Man. On April 11th 1890 Joseph Merrick was found dead in his hospitalContinue reading “Beauty”

Joy

There is an extraordinary Jesuit priest. His name is Teilhard de Chardin. Teilhard once said, “Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God!” I don’t know much. Each day I think I know even less. Perhaps it is growing old but life seems more simple. I know the questions never cease, justContinue reading “Joy”