Monday, August 26, 2013

Question Time

As it's been a bit quiet in here of late I thought it might be as good a time as any to pose a question to anyone prepared to read this. There's no pressure to answer publicly. Rather, see this as a provocation to look inwardly and reflect. Even reflect on your reflections if that makes sense.

When things aren't going the way you expected, or you seem at a loss to find solutions to the problems that present themselves to you, how do you cope?

Do you seek advice from others? Those around you who you trust to help guide you? Do you seek answers yourself from both familiar and new sources? Do you suffer in silence by putting on a brave face, for to appear vulnerable may be admitting you are weak, frail or fallible?

Do you open up to the world, admitting that you are unable to cope and embrace any and all assistance that may come your way? To hell with what people may think!
The reason I ask this of you all is that things have not gone completely to plan for me of late. I do not share this out of any desire to gain pity or help. In fact I'm coping quite well, thanks in no small part to my amazingly supportive family.
Yet there is much more to my coping mechanism. I am very fortunate to have many people in my corner equipped with the wisdom and understanding to say and do what needs to be said and done without taking it too far. After all, I need to get through these struggles in my own way, not as someone else may cope.

Some people believe in Karma while others believe that you reap what you sow. Personally, I am a firm believer that things often (although not always) happen for a reason and you will get more positive results if you remain positive.

So I am coping by remaining positive that something good will come of this ill. How do you cope?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

An American, a Yorkshireman and an Aussie Walk into a Bar

There is no punch line, just an account of the day I sat down with two of the most inspirational individuals within the Early Years Education and Development sector.

Apart from the American ('Teacher' Tom Hobson) being one of the most genuine and down to earth people you are ever likely to meet and the Yorkshireman (Marc Armitage 'At Play') being one of the funniest guys you'll meet, both are leading examples of what men can accomplish when they work with young children.

We also had the good fortune to also sit down and chat with Alan Wagstaff from the Internationally renowned Green School in Bali and Wayne Armstrong from Early Years Care in Wollongong, as well as two fascinating blokes from Woodrising Community Preschool and Child Care Centre, Gavin and Zac.

While this was not the beginnings of a return to face to face meetings, it was great to hear all the ideas and experiences that everyone was prepared to share.

Having heard Tom and Marc present for the first time earlier that day it was humbling to discover how much us regular guys are just like them. In fact, despite popular belief they are actually regular guys too.

This will remain a highlight of my EC career and my life for a long time to come, if not for good.