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Here is the microbat that caused all my angst and time-wasting yesterday. He’s no more than about 5cm long and has the cutest, grumpy old man, face. We didn’t dare touch him or keep him though.

He was too scared to move when we took him outside, so we put him in a box for a while to see what would happen. Sure enough, a few hours later he was scratching around, so we took him out again and off he flew.

Thanks to the simple line illustration on the Bat Care Brisbane site, I immediately knew what we were dealing with. (He was behind the cover of a frosted light and all we could see were four or five tiny dots where we assumed his claws were.)

A happy ending.


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getting things done

Weeks are hectic. Life is full.

How do we just get things done?

One step at a time. That’s how. Don’t sit there agonising over not being able to get through everything in your day – just keep working at it. If you get only one thing done (hell, half a thing somedays) then it’s one less thing you have to do.

eg. Today – write blog. Tick – one less thing to do.


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Right now, I’m feeling totally strung out and overwhelmed. Deadlines whooshing past, contracts falling over, sick kids, renovations in progress (including moving office), bills making ugly piles around me.

I’m so crazy, I even sprayed Rescue Remedy on my cheeks instead of my tongue, because I was in too much of a hurry to aim straight. It’s okay though. I have really relaxed cheeks now.

So I decided to take five – but here I am, still multi-tasking (I should pay more attention to Dean Jackson’s 50-minute focus finder!). Why can’t I ever just stop multi-tasking? Why can’t I learn to sit? Hmmm, let me try that…

Uh oh. Just glanced at the sun sliding out of sight – which makes me think about washing on the line. Which reminds me I’ve got another load to hang out.  Perhaps I should have a windowless office?

I leap to my feet, then pause. Plant my butt back down. I’m taking five, remember? So far, I’ve made it to 1 minute 45 seconds – and I’ve already planned my next 15 moves.

Wait. My daughter races in, terrified by the huge lump in her throat. I investigate, only to discover it’s her voice box. Emergency Response Vehicle temporarily parked.

A reminder pops up. Meeting in town to get to. When did I decide I didn’t have enough to do and should agree to join the Board of my professional association.

I’m over the rushing and the madness, so I’m going to sort my life out. Again.

Either that or buy shares in herbal calming potions.

I’ll keep you posted.

cheers and beers


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There’s a picture of your life… and you’re somewhere in it. Um… aren’t you?

When did your life become all about everyone else? When did you start forgetting about what you need, what you like, how you want to spend your time? When did you slip out of the frame?

It sounds selfish and slightly narcissistic to even consider making it ‘all about me’. After all, our earliest lessons were about sharing and giving – giving in, giving out, giving up.

Then there’s school, where you spend all your time blending in – even when you go goth or punk you’re flat out blending in with a group. And if you’ve got talent or brains or personality, you’d better learn to keep a lid on it, or you’ll hear about it from your peers.

We learn those lessons well and we carry them into adulthood. No wonder we don’t feel quite right inside, we feel slightly off centre, we’re careful not to ‘rock the boat’. We’re afraid that if we let the real person come out, everything would change.

We’d no longer be able to ‘settle’ and we’re pretty fearful about how the people we care about would react to that – and to us. They might be nice to our face, but secretly wish our heads would explode. They might want us out of their lives.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.’

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love (1992)

Isn’t it time to take back your life? And we’re talking about doing it in a healthy way. We’re talking about the one life that is yours – no hereafter, no second chances, no dress rehearsals. This is it. So what are you waiting for?

It’s time to put yourself back in the picture…


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