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A gentle message on life, leadership and one wonderful woman

Yesterday as I was driving across town from one appointment to another, busy as a bee, the Inner Circle came across the airwaves of my car radio. For a few short minutes I was transfixed by the quietly spoken message of Rev. Graham Long, Pastor and CEO of The Wayside Chapel in Sydney’s Kings Cross. There’s something special about Graham’s weekly message that always stirs my soul: this is a man who leads from the heart. To use the words of my friend and resilience expert Noelene Dawes, Graham “goes gently” in sharing his message and I think that’s why I so enjoy listening to his message.

This week Graham spoke of Wayside’s wonderful patron Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales and her tireless community work, including her support of Wayside Chapel. Her Excellency described Wayside as a jewel in Sydney’s crown because, as she explained, “a city should be judged on how it treats its poorest citizens and for that reason Wayside is a precious possession of the city”. Never a truer word was spoken and this is quintessentially Her Exellency our Governor, a woman who grew up in country Australia and became one of Australia’s most regarded medical clinicians in the field of psychiatry, before going on to hold many community leadership roles.  She will formally retire from the position of Governor of NSW at the end of this month, and she will surely be missed.

New Life

Yesterday Graham’s message also touched on the power of hope, and of never giving up. Wayside Chapel provides unconditional love, care and support for people on and around the streets of Kings Cross and Graham is often accused of throwing good resources after bad, at people who seem to be beyond help. His simple message that “for every person we can keep alive, there is always hope” is one I think we should all draw inspiration from, next time we’re tempted to throw in the towel.

If you have a quiet moment at your desk, or on the bus today, you might like to listen to the podcast and take a moment to reflect on your own attitudes, emotions and expectations of life.

It’s just a thought…

  • Amber Field

    Hope is a huge game changer. Many people find it too easy to give in to it now, & lose faith in whatever the outcome is that they are seeking.
    x

    • jendalitz

      Your comment speaks to me Amber, wherever there is hope……

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"The only moment we ever really have is this one - celebrate it. Happiness isn't in the future or the past but in the awareness of the present." - Anna McPhee

Anna's words are how she lived her life. She has been an amazing inspiration, a wonderful support, a gracious mentor to me throughout my career. So many of us counted her as a girlfriend to look up to, and her legacy will live on in the many women she has inspired to live their very best life.

I will miss her.

Sending condolences to Reggie, Anna's beautiful mum Trish and adoring sisters, and all of her extended family.

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