Active After School Communitiies

Did some training over the weekend for OSHC (Out of School Hours Care- yep, one of the 5 jobs).  Quite enjoyed it; I think mostly because I could immediately see how I could implement it in OSHC and other organisations I work in.  It was also fun mucking around and playing games with my co-workers.

The Active After School Program is a Federal program for schools and OSHCs based on the playing for life philosophy.  The idea is to get inactive children active by having fun playing sport.  Coaches come to the school/OsHC to run games based on a particular sport for 8 weeks- we are having martial arts and tai chi this term.  What I really like is the ‘capacity building’ aspect of it all.  The children are asked for input- their ideas, what they liked/disliked, even the option to design games- giving them confidence and leadership skills.  And then there are oportunities to link with sporting clubs in the community.

As someone who has played (and continues to play) sport, I know what I have gained from being involved in sport.  Should I be more active?  Yes!  Do I let my crazy life get in the way?  Yes!  But at least I’ve got the skills to be able to do something about it.  I can see this program giving children skills to be ‘active’ for life.



I know it’s easy to get very philosophical about death and dying after being to a funeral, but the recent death of a family friend has caused some discussion between my brother, sister and me.  I even found myself talking about it at fellowship the other night.

After talking at work today about a totally unrelated subject, Dave pointed me to a talk by Steve Jobs (inventor and designer of Apple Mac) to a graduating class at Stamford University.  I thought some of what Steve talked about was interesting, adding to all my thoughts about it all.  Steve says:

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything Ð all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.

If you’d like to read it in context, go here.
Interesting link- Christian Funeral/ Wake Music List here.

Another week goes by…

A lot’s happened since my last post.  I’ve had a busy week- but what’s new?  That’s the way my life usually goes.  Most of the time I enjoy the variety and fast pace, but every now and then my body crashes.  The end of last week was one of those ‘crash’ times, and even today I still feel like I’m trying to catch up with the world.

I went to another funeral last Wednesday (two funerals and a wedding in a week).  But this one was different.  Such a contrast to the first funeral.  The middle section of Scotch College chapel was absolutely full.  And it was a celebration- a celebration of a life well lived and a beautiful but quirky sense of humour.  But this funeral was more personal to me, even more than I expected.

Di was a friend of  my mum.  They nursed together at Memorial Hospital and formed a strong friendship that survived marriage, family and 3 continents.  We used to do things together with her family and had some great times together.

I’ve been thinking about why her passing has affected me more than I thought it would.  I’ve been talking (via blogs) to my brother and sister about this too.  And I’ve come to the conclusion that it has something to do with the fact that she was mum’s age, and that I had wanted to get to know her on an adult level.  I admired Di greatly and her friendship with mum.

It has taken me so long to ‘grow up’ and feel like I can interact with mum and dad’s friends as an adult. 

I don’t know.  It’s still a little bit too fresh and new. 

Discrimination and openness

Been reading an interesting post on Blob regarding a lawsuit against Craigslist.  Apparently there is a discrimination law suit pending against Craigslist because of some of the housing advertisements placed on it that specify type of housemate being sought.

Anyway, what got me thinking, and some of it is still whirring around in my brain, is David’s comments (on Blob) regarding discrimination. 

Face it, no matter how much they protest they don’t, people discriminate. While I’m no aficionado on equal opportunity – far from it, I’m just your normal guy with a disability – here in Australia it seems the question is whether the discrimination is ‘fair’ in the circumstance (whatever that really means – ‘fair’ discrimination).

When I want to be honest with myself, I have to admit that I know I discriminate and judge other people.  Most of it happens in my head and any actions by me that do discriminate are unintentional.

But I also know, as I had to look for a housemate about 12 months ago, that I wanted a Christian female- and that is extremely important as to how the house operates and how we as housemates interact.

David continues:

Rather than a negative, I see what’s happening on Craigslist as a positive indicator of society. It is an indication of acceptance of and an expressed desire for people to be included by other people. It’s saying to the people being offered tenancy ‘you’re wanted‘ in society

My concern comes from when there is no one who wants to accept you- there is no subgroup that would like to share a house with you, or whatever the particular issue may be.  That’s where discrimination kicks in- but right know I don’t know how to reconcile it all.

I don’t know… still trying to connect the dots…

Surprise wedding

Went to my cousin’s wedding on Saturday up (or down? I’m geographically challenged) at Morgan (South Australia).  Was an unusual event as the wedding was planned without the bride’s knowledge- otherwise known as a surprise.

Different?  Yes.  But that’s my cousin for you too- not bad different, just that he doesn’t like to do things mainstream.  I was really worried that my cousin’s fiance might feel pressured into marrying him, but it’s just as well that he knows her better than I do!  It was a lovely occasion.

Would I want to have it happen to me?  No, but Saturday wasn’t about me, it was about them.  My prayer is that Mark and Kim would know God’s blessing and awesome power in their lives.