Cheryl Brodie

Becoming a mother

Motherhood is a beautifully enriching time that realises a couple’s hopes and dreams. However, leading up to the child’s birth can be a time of fear and uncertainty, especially for first-time mums.  Mother Mary, for example, would have had many questions before baby Jesus was born. The circumstances around His birth were most unusual.  But …

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Your story matters

The magical power that’s fundamental to the telling of every person’s story is powerful and can help your family.

Overcoming trauma or just turning a negative into a positive can a create a collective sense of belonging and being needed.

So, embrace your stories! Your story may seem insignificant but not to your family. Digging out an old stump in the back garden, buying a new puppy or relating your insomnia are stories that should be told rather than kept to yourself.

When we share our everyday stories with family and friends, we humanise our experience, cementing the bonds with the people we love.

I recently heard a story of a beautiful wedding; the weather was perfect, and the bride and groom looked gorgeous. Unfortunately, a guest accidentally spat red wine over the bride’s white wedding gown at the end of the night. The bride was upset that her beautiful dress was ruined on the best day of her life. Perhaps she’d planned to hand the dress on to a future daughter.

Every person has a unique story, good and bad. Bring your story back to life!

Excellent day all

The language of compassion

The daily work grind for most of us will be taking a long and well-deserved break this coming weekend.

With four days off for Victorians and many others around Australia having 3 days off, including the public holiday to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s recent passing, take a minute to consider the word ‘compassion’.

Compassion is part of the human condition and is crucial. Some people have a lot of compassion for the less fortunate while others rarely display empathy towards others.

With finals in many sports happening during September, it is important to show compassion for the loser. In any final there is always a winner and a loser. The individual or team that loses will be hurting so some kind words can make a difference.

“They did their best and deserve to be congratulated” or “They may not have won the game, but they earned our respect for the way they played.”

Do you show compassion? If not, perhaps it is something we could all work on over the long weekend.