This week in retrospect – the beautiful and the ugly

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Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver. And our world could stand to be a little kinder and braver. Brene Brown.

Social media showcases the extremes in people’s behaviour and values and the extremes can be both very beautiful and inspiring  and very ugly and depressing.

Senator Penny Wong modelled beautiful and inspiring  this week when she said this about the rescue mission in Thailand

“Isn’t it just wonderful news, and what a wonderful relief for parents, particularly for family and friends,” Senator Wong said.

“But can I say this? In a world where we see a lot of bad news, a lot of tragedy, isn’t it wonderful to see the power of co-operation and the lengths people will go to, the courage people will show, to help a fellow human being, and I think it is a cause for inspiration and optimism.” Source The Australian

She retweeted this beautiful tribute to Former Thai navy seal Saman Guana who died at Tham Luang cave.

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and then there is this. What can I say beyond this that its  #NASTY #ABHORRENT #UNNECESSARY #POORTASTE

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and then I read about Steve Parish .  Wildlife photographer Steve Parish went from mansion to shed, but has found a new focus. His photos have always wowed me. Now his new ethos inspires me. Steve says it’s important to work on yourself to become a great photographer.

“You need to do more work on yourself than on your creative skills — you really need to know who you are and where you want to go with your photography,” he said.

“If you want to bring some sort of refocus to humanity, then you are already successful, but if you go along the path of ‘look at me’, you will just be one of 1.6 billion people uploading to social media everyday … and best of luck to you. We all really need to be in charge of our own joy.”

I am keen to be in charge of my own joy and encouraging a culture of people being kind to each other.


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Behave as if this is the day you will be remembered


This is a sassy piece of advice from the Dr isn’t it? Ultimately it all comes down to what you want to be remembered for.

We have no shortage of ‘Sass’ in our Young Farming Champions team who came together last weekend for the 2014 Young Champions’ Master Class. One of the sessions I really enjoyed sitting in on was “How to make your talk TEDworthy”

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Gaye Steel and Greg Mills deliver the How to Make Your Talk TEDworthy session  

It got me thinking about my favourite TED talk and there are plenty of great ones out there. But the one stands out for me is Dr Brené Brown The Power of Vulnerability. I am not the only one it resonates with. This talk has been viewed over 16 million times on TED and 2.5 million times on YouTube. Now there is goal Young Farming Champions!!

Dr Brown is sassy and has some great advice for all those people out there like me who have this fanatical desire to turn “life is messy, love it’ into “life’s messy, clean it up, organize it and put it into a bento box.”

and my favourite Dr Brene Brown quote???


Now I am off to work on ‘life’s messy, love it, celebrate it”