Time for Less Hype and More Safety?

Yep this is like a standard drive to work in Queensland! Is it any wonder that young guys plough into trees in their new cars. Exciting ads but I didn’t see one speed limit sign. Can we continue to separate reality from virtuality? Does this material have an influence? Driving a car should be enjoyable but a full concentration task and thinking that Joe Normal can do anything more than stay on the straight, narrow and between the lines is both foolish and unrealistic. Maybe its time for us to cut back on buying cars that can do the impossible and focus on doing the possible as well as we can.

Still is a nice bit of graphical fantasy!

 

Humans are truly astounding!! Till they crash!

This video made me feel quite unsettled. What is it about our species that enjoys such incredible personal challenges! Does this mean we will survive and evolve into stellar travellers or simply that we don’t know when to stop! Adrenaline is clearly as important as testosterone.
Enjoy and make sure you watch till 2.28 – yep you will be unsettled!

I vividly recall falling off my bike and jumping off low rocks into the surf as a kid but young people clearly don’t have a nervous system any more! Is that evolution or adaptation ?

Gump said it all “Stupid is as stupid does”!

Enjoy!

Dajuroka’s Theme Song

Tumble outta bed
And shuffle to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of fine intentions
Yawnin’ and scratchin’ and desperate to open my eyes

Jump on the network
And Google starts Tumblin’
Out on the net
The blogs start comin’
With nerds like me on the web from 9 to 9

Blogin’ 9 to 9
Is no way to make a livin’
Never gettin’ any
It’s all typin’
An’ uploadin’
We just throw out content
And never give out credit
It’s enough to drive you
cross eyed if you let it.

9 to 9, for downloads and spam comments
You would think that we
could get some better graphics
Tried to get some memes
But YouTube won’t ever let me
I swear sometimes the web is out to get me.

Blogin’ 9 to 9
Is no way to make a livin’ ….

(Feel free to sing loudly to tune of “Working 9 to 5” by Dolly Parton – my apologies)

Volunteers – The Keepers of Reality?

One Christmas I spoke fondly to a group of hospital volunteers. They really do bring you back to reality when you get too big for your britches.

We meet once again. Many familiar faces, some new ones to whom I give a very warm welcome, and sadly some dear friends now absent whom we remember fondly yet sadly today.

Thinking about today two quotes came to mind and apply to you all –
Those who can, do, Those who can do more, volunteer.
and
Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they are priceless.

Our business is always changing, the organisation we work within is always changing, our budgets, rules, and requirements are always changing but what is not changing is the ongoing need for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a sandwich when you have been beside a sick relative all night.

I know we rely on our Volunteers to raise much needed donations for valuable equipment and for all that we say a sincere and grateful thank you but what we need, above all that, is the presence of kind and caring people to make what can otherwise be a hectic or sad and miserable visit for patients and family a little more tolerable.

You all do that in your own ways. You come with all your own sorrows and daily challenges yet you still turn up here at ungodly hours and say ‘How can I help you?’

There are no words of thanks that can really capture the value of what you bring to our service from your volunteering but on behalf of all the clinical and non-clinical staff – thank you.

ln finishing I am reminded of some words Oscar Wilde penned – “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

All of us who call ourselves managers and leaders have such great intentions but often your small unpaid daily efforts deliver more hope and satisfaction to those in need than we can despite our many hours of planning.

Please keep it up and have a very Merry Christmas with your families and friends and I look forward to your good company, friendly banter and smiles in the New Year – thank you!

Bullying

This seemed to a big topic in 2010 and remains so among my kids and others coming on behind – I posted a number of comments on Facebook and they still ring true today I feel.

God I hate bullies! There ought to be a hit squad that just descends on them like the bungie zombies and picks them up and throws them into a bowl of blue ink then puts them back in the school ground or workplace totally naked.

Others had also commented around the web at that time:

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” ~ Harvey S. Firestone

Bullying consists of the least competent most aggressive employee projecting their incompetence on to the least aggressive most competent employee and winning.”

Only the best are bullied.

Remember, I’m the kind of kid who used to get stuffed into a locker by school bullies. I’ve never felt like I’m a big star at any level of my life.” Winona Ryder

Children Can Only Grow! (Into the Woods)

In May 19 2012 my children inspired me to drop this quote into Facebook. It comes from the musical my son starred in at his high school Into the Woods a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

No matter what you say,
Children won’t listen.
No matter what you know,
Children refuse to learn.
Guide them along the way,
Still, they won’t listen.
Children can only grow
From something you love,
To something you lose!

(from Into The Woods)