Their values shape us
MANY OF US CANNOT BEGIN TO IMAGINE THE THEATRE OF WAR BUT TAKE MUCH FROM THEIR VALUES THAT ARE VERY MUCH PART OF OUR LIVES.
TOMORROW marks a very special date in the lives of Australians. One hundred years ago a bloody and horrible war came to an end. An armistice was signed ending WWI and while, sadly, we cannot say that the world has not experienced war again there is a true acknowledgment and understanding of what sacrifices have been made along the way. The Cairns Post has been marking the 100-year anniversary with special content culminating in the wrap of our weekend edition today. We have also been giving readers the chance to possess a very special series of 15 coins which celebrate the values of our Diggers. Many of us cannot begin to imagine the theatre of war but take much from their values that are very much part of our lives. United: Friendships, workplaces or countries cannot truly flourish without unity; each link knowing its purpose and contributing to the chain.
Confident: Without fanfare, arrogance or shallowness, confidence can achieve a new job, first date or a smashing cover drive for a first century.
Knowledgeable: Knowing the tomato sauce is in the fridge even though “someone” has had a man look.
Honest: Admitting to yourself that you’re not losing weight because one biscuit was really the whole packet.
Disciplined: Getting up early every day; exercising, cutting lunches, getting kids to school, going to work and then repeating that day for 30 years.
Patriotic: Cheering on your child’s soccer team every Saturday morning when you’d rather be getting your hair done. Devoted: Washing your husband’s favourite Cowboys shorts weekly even though they’re paint splattered and torn. Daring: Choosing a skinny cappuccino when you always have a skinny flat white.
Brave: Standing in front of a room full of professionals to tell your big idea.
Curious: Bucking the status quo and asking a question. Why — it’s one of the most powerful words in the English language. Enduring: Waking up every morning next to the same person who has snored every night of your lives together. Loyal: The friend or loved one always there for a cuppa when life has stuck a bayonet in your belly. Independent: A strong, vibrant fouryear-old who wants to tie their own shoelaces. “I can do it myself Mummy.” Decisive: Knowing when your life is at a crossroads and there is no more time for words. Just do it. Resourceful: Turning a gold paper plate, hairband, ice-cream cup and twine into a schoolkid’s Melbourne Cup millinery piece of art. How grateful we are to live our lives.