Over the last week or so, the events of our times have finally gotten the better of me. I think I have always been a person with reasonable emotional intelligence and awareness. However, I have grown up in a lifetime where showing your emotions is seen as a form of weakness. In my 40+ years of service in the Army, I have always been aware that as an officer and leader you must always show strength, be calm and decisive, your soldiers depend on you and you need to demonstrate hope and strength. Do not ever let your guard down. It is true that as a male this is still very much part of our psyche, you must not show your emotion or cry as some believe this shows vulnerability and is not setting a good example...
This past week has been a very interesting time with much of the media and world attention focussed on the US presidential election. I remember as a young boy in primary school learning all about the 50 states of America and their capital cities – I had to recite them from memory. Last week as I was watching the map of America on Fox News, with a sea of red and blue representing either Republican or Democrat states, it brought back memories of my childhood and questions about why was I learning this at school – American geography, really? Nonetheless, I was glued to the television watching the count and wondering what was going to happen. The US President is known as the leader of the free world and everyone across the globe is interested in this outcome. It will determine how the next four years will unfold. 2020 will be remembered in history as the year of the COVID-19 global pandemic but will also be known for the US presidential election. What I have witnessed is most disturbing as we see democracy challenged and people fundamentally divided. What we see is the divide of Team Trump and the Democrats, which has resulted in hate, violence, and a deep division in the psyche of the American people. We have also witnessed very poor leadership on the part of Team Trump. There is every right to bring matters to court regarding questions of the integrity of the voting process, but another to incite a narrative of fraud, a stolen election and being rigged. It is about every vote being counted.
Over the last two months I have begun a new online course in Resonate Leadership. The course title is “Inspiring leadership through emotional intelligence” by Richard Boyatzis. You might ask why I would do this course and how I even have time to study. They are great questions because this course presents some very interesting challenges. With over 25 years in senior school leadership and just over 40 years in senior leadership in the military, there is still so much to learn. In fact, I think I am a living example of life-long, life-wide, and life-deep learning. We never stop learning. As for time, well if you are going to ask anyone to do something extra, then ask a busy person. I guess I have come to accept that you can always find the time if you are passionate.
In November last year, our youngest daughter relocated to Melbourne to start a new job as a sous chef for a new business which opened in St Kilda. The high-end pastry business is well-known in Sydney for supplying the world-famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake and the St Kilda premises was part of their national expansion.
We are delighted to share the news that two Cardijn College students have been recognised with Student Citizenship Awards.
From time to time you need some inspiration to make the day a good day. I came across a quote from Pope Francis, he said: “Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is … Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of YOU.”
Our Open A footballers responded to a disappointing loss to Concordia in previous weeks with a thumping 100 point win over St John’s. The boys knew going into this match that only a win would secure a spot in next week’s Grand Final, but with the pressure was on, they responded accordingly.
This week a new TV show named “Plate of Origin” was aired. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I have a passion for cooking and if I were not a teacher, I would have become a chef. Plate of Origin sees teams of two contestants representing their country of origin compete against each other cooking a classic main dish and dessert. Last night, the Australian team cooked meat and three veg and a classic vanilla custard slice. Their competition, the Chinese team, cooked a duck with Biang Biang noodles and a black sesame mousse with tofu ice cream. If I were on the show representing either the Dutch or the Indonesian teams, what would my choices be to impress the judges?
Our Open A side travelled to Concordia College with only 18 fit players and unfortunately lost their first match of the season. Injury and illness took its toll on several players leading up to the match in what has been a very busy past 7 days of football for the Open football squad.