“No Shame”

Wednesday, November 06, 2013
This week instead of the usual Energiser, I’d like to bring you up to date on a project I’m involved with at Walgett.

You may have seen some of the recent bad press about the town. It’s an easy target for a biased press during a slow news week. I reckon it’s the name - a bit like Dubbo in this way - sort of easy to pick on. Like Bogan and Dapto.

But I’m proud to be from Dubbo. It’s a great place to live. And I’m proud to work in Walgett.  

This week the Walgett Community School is involved in the production of a music video based around a song competition the High school band - well named  “No Shame”  - won. The kids, assisted by all staff and led by music teacher Vanessa Schep, wrote and performed the song for the Enviro Song competition. It’s only a “little” song competition run by Red Hill Environmental School and promoted by teacher Mark Heaney.

But it has had some success :

Last year I was lucky enough to get the job of producing the video clip for  the school that won the Primary school section of the same competition - Brewarrina Central School. As  a result one of the singers in this clip is being featured in a documentary - recently shot by ABC and now in editing - about a choir that was formed from some of the talent identified by the  competition. The group, and the documentary, which will air early in the New Year is called The Outback Choir. Please have a look at the video that set the spark.

Who knows the positive impact it will have on the kids at  Walgett. At the very least we’ll have some fun making the clip and learn a few things on the way.

A spark can start a whole bushfire, but it can also create a steady warming glow.


Every Single Day

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Every Single DayHere at iKiFit we’ve been working at making our Learn Online Energisers quick, fun and effective. Each week, you’ll get an idea and an activity. Featuring regularly is the song Every Single Day which you can buy at iTunes. This weeks’ active Energiser is me doing as version of the song.

Today's blog is inspired by my good friend Patrick Moore's book "Touch the Sky".  If you want to know more about Patrick check out his website One Billion Punches

There's an old saying; "If you want something done properly, do it yourself" There's no doubt that in some cases this is true. However, someone else said; "I have so much to do, that I'm going to bed" Sometimes, life can be so overwhelming we just want to stop.

Doing things yourself is a great strategy, but getting some help can be smart. If you can't get everything done it may simply mean you've got too much to do, or that you are trying to do things you don't have the skills or aptitude for.

It can even be poor management to try to do everything ourselves. Sometimes it's more efficient to focus on the things we do well and get help with the stuff we dislike, or aren't so good at. Smart companies get extra staff when there's too much work to do or when they need specialist services. So should we.

There are times it can be a good idea to get someone else do a task for us because it is empowering for them. Remember the old adage, "Give as person a fish and they eat for a day, teach them to fish and they eat for life".

There are other times people really want to help, for any number of reasons.  If they offer, let them do it. If they don't offer, ask them. Or hire someone. An occasional baby-sitter, cleaner,  gardener or ironing helper can be a gift from heaven.

Don't forget to get your free download Every Single Day

Go on, delegate something today. You’ll both be glad you did.

How Can We Start a More Open Conversation About Depression?

Friday, May 04, 2012

I attended an excellent presentation on depression given by Lisa Champion at the Filex Fitness Convention recently. The focus was on how helpful exercise can be in the management/healing process. A theme also touched on was the benefit many sufferers report from hearing other people talk about their experiences in dealing with the condition. There is no doubt that this can help them feel less alone and to see that there actually is hope.

However, we all know that depression is still commonly a taboo topic that many people are reluctant to admit to, or discuss, particularly in public.

Even though 20% of the population are afflicted at some time in their lives and that it is spread among all levels of society, the term “mental illness” is shameful.

While there is no doubt progress is being made – (those over 65 barely can talk about it at all) I would like to suggest we can learn something for the example of gays “coming out.”  Although there is still debate over elements of gay rights there is no debate that the example of prominent and respected people ‘coming out of the closet’ has helped alleviate the fear, isolation and shame experienced by many gay people.

Is it time we invented a tag, a euphemism, for “coming out” about having personally experienced depression? We know that many suffering in isolation will benefit and I think the person “walking the dog’ will benefit as well.

Maybe that term can work? Walking the black dog in public can have many benefits. Both sufferer and dog get some healthy exercise, the dog is exposed as being not as mean and ugly as thought and others will be encouraged to walk their dog as well, with better health all around.