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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.

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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…


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Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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