Every single day, in every single way, we’re getting better.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I must admit there are days, when the planets don’t align or the politicians are particularly pathetic, that I struggle to believe my own song. Sometimes it feels like it’s all uphill. But, as with everything else, hills can be gotten over.

Staying the course requires perspective and being able to recognise the silver lining - or at least admire the scary darkness of the cloud. When we’re toiling up those steep and slippery slopes, muscles aching and heart thumping, be mindful that when we reach the summit, rather than a lush mountain meadow, with butterflies, frolicking lambs and babbling brooks, we may well be confronted by a vista of more parched and rugged mountains stretching to the dauntingly distant horizon.

That’s when a sense of humour comes in handy.

Who remembers the ex prime minister who stated that “Life wasn’t meant to be easy” and some years later found himself outside his New York hotel with no pants and no reasonable explanation?

If we’re actively participating, the ups and downs of life catch us all eventually, but even the most shocking, scary or plain cringe worthy events can bring on gut busting hilarity after a sufficient length of time.

Or at least a wry smile.

The key is achieving distance. Perspective. To step back and admire the comedy of it all.

Life has a way of shrugging at even the greatest achievements, biggest disasters or most mundane non-events, but there’s always a laugh there if we look.

As my wife and Garfield (not the same person) would say, “Don’t take life too seriously, it’s temporary”
This week, let’s look for the laugh wherever we can.

And if it hurts too much to laugh, smile inside.

On a completely different note, take a moment to check out this music video of the band No Shame from Walgett Community School. It probably won’t make you laugh but it will definitely make you smile. Inside and out.

“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.