I have a confession to make - I'm addicted to The Voice. I have loved watching the All Stars who have come back after not turning a chair in the Live Auditions in the past or being eliminated during the show. It shows such resilience and strength of character to get back up after a rejection. When they got a 'no" they didn't give up, they worked harder and came back again. All of them had improved from their first appearance on the show. So, just remember - no doesn't mean not ever, just not today!
I have a confession to make - for most of my life I was completely unaware of white privilege because I was born into it. I grew up with people from various different cultural backgrounds and only ever saw them as equals, but that doesn't mean that their experience of growing up in Australia was equal to mine. I took it for granted that flesh coloured bandaids matched my skin tone, that the people in the television shows I watched looked like me and that most of the books I read were about people just like me. I wish someone had explained this to me when I was younger.
The following information is from an article called 10 Things You Should Know About White Privilege (https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/10/13/10-things-you-should-know-about-white-privilege).
White privilege means that you are born into the racial 'norm.'
A privilege where you can;
This animation shows two methods to deal with negative thinking - a life skill everyone needs!!!
I’m on holiday in Queensland at the moment and it’s been pretty wet since we arrived. That can be a bit of a downer if you’re a tourist, but if you’re a farmer the rain is great. Practically everything you eat and drink relies on the rain. You also don’t get rainforests without rain.
So rain can be a good thing - it depends on your point of view or attitude.
Life can be a bit like that - if we change our point of view and see challenges as opportunities for growth, we will be less upset by them. We will also learn valuable life lessons like patience, resilience and persistence. It's hard to learn these lessons in the sunshine - we need to go through a few challenges.
We are quick to blame someone else or try to make excuses for our mistakes. It shows great maturity to own up to them and say sorry. You may get into trouble and it's hard - but it's the right thing to do.
Alcohol and drugs can have serious side effects such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, and death from overdose. They can also make you look ugly:
This is a good principal for all areas of life, whether you're tackling homework, chores or your to do list. If you put off the hard things you will most likely run out of motivation and possibly time. If you do the hard things first, you will be more likely to have the motivation to keep going through the easier tasks too. Plus you will have the satisfaction of crossing them off your list, rather than the nagging dread that they still need to be done.
We had lunch with friends recently and were laughing so much we cried. I realised afterwards that the things we were laughing at were times in our lives when things had gone wrong. At the time, all those incidents were painful, embarrassing and definitely not funny. Next time something goes wrong or you embarrass yourself remember you will probably laugh about it one day.