I feel so privileged to live in this country – I just wanted to write this. I know the country is not perfect and yes I do believe that my privilege has been on the backs of the original inhabitants of this land. How do Aboriginal people, in any country, celebrate the day that marks the beginning of their culture being stolen? Perhaps it is the beginning of genocide. I remember when I learned the meaning of the word genocide. I think I was 16 years old and the ramifications of naming the horrifying unspeakable meaning of the word set me quivering.

So I made two Pavlovas today. Normally I do nothing to ‘celebrate’ the day and kind of mourn the day away with a sense of deep despair for history. We were invited to friends today, for a bbq, and asked to bring Pavlova.

We had a lovely time, sometimes in passionate argument. The best part of arguing has to be the passion, don’t you think? And … silence is collusion, so I reaffirm my intention to always speak out. May Australia always allow us to do this with ease …

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Harmonising …

January 17, 2010

As the next decade of calendar time begins I’ve been thinking about harmony. I like the sound of the word ‘harmony’. I even considered the word as a name for one of my babies. Harmony sings …

How do I engage with the complexities of my life harmoniously? I’ve come up with an answer  …  harmonising. Perhaps this verb is similar to organising but this is something more and slightly different. In my meaning the word relates to ‘flow’ psychology from the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  I have ideas on a way to create and design a harmonising product to at least assist me and perhaps others.

Life themes will be the key. Other themes for harmonising include: continuum thinking, creative thinking, metaphor, movement language, dreams and imagining. These are the few ideas resting in my mind now. Harmonising is about movement … peace making, balancing, flowing, co-existing, creating, acheiving and relaxing.

Harmonising is not about reaching goals but more about enjoying and living dreams … as in the journey is the destination.