Your life is an Occasion, Rise to it

Quote by Suzanne Weyn, isn’t this a great saying for a Sunday? and I have thought about this a lot in relation to most of my friends and family and related it to the occasions of our lives. I must say I am in awe of all of you, what you do and how you live your lives.

I don’t think it’s till you get older that you  begin to view your environment, surroundings and friends with a different eye, different from “annoying brothers & sisters, ‘needing a best friend (even if you are a twin and already have one) wanting a boyfriend, looking at getting work, finishing school, partying, studying and then a career. Much of ones early life is spent fairly self-absorbed, education is the main focus and those people who surround you during this time play the biggest part in shaping who you are, who you don’t wish to be like, who you admire and how you wish to become.

I grew up in the non social media era, no mobiles we had landlines and pay phones, no internet we made face to face arrangements, cameras were used and photographic film was the norm, you took it off and pictures were processed. Nothing really was ‘right now” it was more can I get that to you in a couple of weeks, how would we cope now?

Moving into the latter ages of 20’s and 30’s things change we look further than we thought we ever would, partners come and go, children are born and one looks to providing and caring for an extended arena. we then share more occasions and invite more people in and we start to look to how we can help others, school fetes, school fund-raisers and charity fund-raisers.

I say this as I can list ones, friends have supported, friends have organized (including myself) and friends have attended I know an amazing bunch of you out there and believe you all do Rise to the occasion of your life and others, I know those that have walked km’s, ran marathons, done sausage sizzles, high teas, created cookbooks, sold raffle tickets, donated to causes and volunteered.

Catherine house, Hutt Street Centre, Keith Hospital, Mater Children’s hospital, Women’s & Children’s hospitals, moon bears, Heart Kids, RFDS, Juvenile Diabetes, DiabetesCancer Council,  leukemia, Brain Cancer, more schools than I could list. You have helped organise and turned up to Charity quiz nights, silent auctions, Auction evenings, football club fundraisers, High Teas, you’ve sold raffle tickets, given salvation army, bought the Big Issue, given to Christmas appeals / trees, given goods or money to bushfires & flood appeals and no doubt there are ones I can’t even think of.

It takes one to come up with the idea, people to support it and the brave to do it. But we know as we get older life is precious, those that have, do, those that can, will and those that watch miss out. I’m always good for an occasion, I’m up for it, happy to help if I can and happy to attend if I can. I am lucky because I can see from my face book page so are the people in my life,

I know that when I have asked, people have answered and when I am asked, I most certainly do, in fact I now look for charity direct, schools and places where 100% of the money goes to the people who need it. For those with little money to donate my mother once told me, when I was a single mum, donating your time can be worth more than the money you could give as all it will cost you is your time. Doing this in my daughters school made me friends for life, gave me a sense of perspective and lots of laughter and pride. My Life is an occasion, I feel I do rise to it do you?




Christmas time

It’s that time of year in Australia, it’s summer, it’s dry and we are days off Christmas day. I confess I am a Christmas celebrator, I embrace the tree, I look forward to pulling it out after the annual pageant and daughters birthday. I get it out and put it up starting with the lights. This year though I must admit I have left it later than normal. It for some reason doesn’t feel like Christmas yet, I feel no excitement for the coming day.

I have put the lights on the tree that I have had for about 5 or more years and after one night they stopped working. I turn the lights off (fire prevention) once we go to bed a habit when having a real tree so it was with dismay living in the country, no where close to buy lights, I told my daughter. She then advised me of her recent purchase of lights from a store for AU$8.00 so knowing I was heading to a bigger township Naracoorte for my studies I knew they had a store of this kind there, determined I was to get lights for the tree.

Then whilst explaining my predicament to my study group I was asked “why don’t you just change the bulb? surely you have spares for it?” simple question yes? But I laughed and would love to know who would really spend a couple of hours sitting with Christmas tree lights with a spare bulb, pulling them out one by one and putting in a new bulb turning them on each time and seeing if that was the one out of 50 bulbs that had blown. No really, do you know anyone who would do it versus purchasing new ones for AU$8.00?

So with the lights sorted, I placed only 2/3rd of the decoration on the tree, I have a felt Father Christmas that was made in 1990 by my beautiful daughter, that I hang each year with pride. I went along to her school after purchasing all the materials, beads, glue etc cutting out all the shapes and got the kids to make these to take home for Christmas. I love it, it brings back fantastic memories. (see picture below)

Things I haven’t done yet (first time ever) I haven’t finished my Christmas shopping. I haven’t put up the rest of my Christmas lights, window decor and I have no presents to wrap to place under the tree. I don’t write or post cards I put the money towards a charity like the Salvo’s or buy food and put it in the collection cubicles for Hutt Street Centre to make up Christmas care packages for the disadvantaged. It saves other people feeling like they need to send me cards as I don’t return them or send them first.

I have downloaded some Christmas songs for my iPod, but with the new settings haven’t been able to work out how to transfer them across. Technology is failing me, never mind things will change it is only 16 days or 17 sleeps for those that have an advent calendar.