Petrol price ex­tremes, wa­ter dan­gers

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NOR­MALLY I don’t ad­mit I get things wrong, ex­cept to my long-suf­fer­ing wife, but I guess no-one’s per­fect.

In last week’s col­umn I men­tioned Tradies In Sight and I got ev­ery­thing cor­rect ex­cept the date of their catch-up at South Dubbo Vet­er­ans and Com­mu­nity Shed.

These two great or­gan­i­sa­tions are part­ner­ing up and col­lab­o­rat­ing for bet­ter health out­comes for men, es­pe­cially in the men­tal health space.

Any­way, if you’re a tradie or a bloke who wants to get in­volved, the first brekky at the South Shed wasn’t last week­end as I stated in the last edi­tion but rather this Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, start­ing from 7am.

It’s a great ini­tia­tive so get along and sup­port what all these good lo­cal blokes are try­ing to achieve for our com­mu­nity. PLEASE take a mo­ment to con­sider this ques­tion... Are we safer now than at any other time in his­tory? Or not?

Stud­ies show that more than 70 per cent of peo­ple will answer “No” to this ques­tion. Which is un­der­stand­able given the trou­ble, strife and dis­as­ter pre­sented ev­ery day in the me­dia.

Yet for most of us, most of the NED JOHN­SON (above) is pretty stoked about an early visit from Santa Claus, the one-year-old lo­cal Blues’ fan see­ing a Santa made from a cou­ple of round hay bales by his dad Myles.

A few months ago that hay would’ve been far too valu­able to put any­where near the road­side. Hope­fully this rain will con­tinue and there’ll be plenty of fod­der around over the sum­mer and well into next year.

time, it’s ab­so­lutely true. As a species, we have never en­joyed bet­ter health, higher stan­dards of liv­ing or more di­verse op­por­tu­nity. One simple statis­tic – longer life spans – proves the point.

So why do we feel so wor­ried? Re­mem­ber we are de­signed to focus on the neg­a­tive. When we evolved in the jun­gles and on the sa­van­nahs, it was im­por­tant that we took se­ri­ous no­tice of the grass that moved a lit­tle dif­fer­ently, or the leaves that rus­tled when oth­ers didn’t. It may have been a tiger, python or neigh­bour plan­ning to have us for lunch. Or it may have been po­ten­tial lunch for us. Ei­ther way it was im­por­tant we took no­tice. A mat­ter of sur­vival.

To il­lus­trate, there is this I did a yarn a few weeks back about Ty Hawkins and his on­go­ing Movem­ber cru­sade. I’m happy to re­veal he hit his per­sonal fundrais­ing tar­get – and well beyond in re­al­ity since he in­spired a host of other Dubbo Ju­nior Rugby cricket coaches to join him this year.

Well done mate, spread­ing that aware­ness and in­spir­ing oth­ers to do the same is in essence even more im­por­tant than rais­ing the cash it­self.

quote from Mar­garet Attwood’s best seller Blind As­sas­sin – “Good judge­ment comes from ex­pe­ri­ence. Ex­pe­ri­ence comes from bad judge­ment.”

To achieve any­thing, we have to ‘have a go’ – and hav­ing a go in­volves fail­ure. Achiev­ing on­go­ing suc­cess in­volves learn­ing the skill of “fail­ing for­ward”. That means learn­ing from our mis­takes and mov­ing on – ap­ply­ing the lessons learned and not mak­ing those same mis­takes again.

So here is the sum­mary. We are built to focus on the neg­a­tive. That’s a sur­vival trait. To achieve we have to strive and when we strive we will some­times fail. This can add up to de­feat if we don’t cul­ti­vate the habit of re­mem­ber­ing that ‘fail­ure’ is one of the most im­por­tant HERE’S the state gov­ern­ment’s PR spin doc­tor­ing head­line: “Re­turn and Earn: a bil­lion reasons to cel­e­brate.”

That’s such a long way from the real story, but read on, be­cause this is the sort of guff that con­sumes most reportage these days.

NSW En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Gabrielle Up­ton said Re­turn and Earn has been an out­stand­ing suc­cess and changed the way peo­ple dis­pose of empty drink con­tain­ers.

“Be­fore Re­turn and Earn, many drink bot­tles and cans be­came lit­ter and only a third were be­ing re­cy­cled through yel­low lid­ded bins.

“Now the trend is re­versed: far more are re­cy­cled than are lit­tered and the state is a cleaner place,” Ms Up­ton said.

This is one of the most poorly de­signed schemes I’ve ever heard of.

Tax­pay­ers and con­sumers have to pay ex­tra and then do a whole lot of work just to re­gain that ex­tra cap­i­tal out­lay, and they have to do all this work for free. They have to store the re­cy­clable bot­tles and cans, buy bags or have con­tain­ers to put them in, find time to put them in their ve­hi­cle and then, in their own un­paid time, drive their own ve­hi­cle and us­ing their own fuel down to the un­re­li­able Re­turn and Earn ma­chines

in­gre­di­ents of a ‘suc­cess­ful’ life. The key skill is to find the good in the mis­takes – the sil­ver lin­ing in the cloud and con­sciously fo­cus­ing on it. The sil­ver lin­ing – rather than the cloud.

Amer­i­can neu­ro­bi­ol­o­gist Dr Rick Han­son, au­thor of Hard­wiring Hap­pi­ness, says “tak­ing in the good” each day trains the brain to turn tran­sient pos­i­tive mo­ments into some­thing more long-last­ing, and grad­u­ally sen­si­tises the brain to pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences. He of­fers this for­mula:


H– Have a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and no­tice it, whether it is a phys­i­cal plea­sure, feel­ing or sense of de­ter­mi­na­tion.

E– En­rich it. Con­sciously stay with the pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for 5 to 10 sec­onds and let it fill and waste a lot of time there, even if they’re work­ing or not full, just to get their own cash back. IF the mar­ket econ­omy works so well, how is it that un­leaded petrol was sell­ing at less than $1.20 a litre in Melbourne when in Dubbo

your mind.

A – Ab­sorb it. Let the ex­pe­ri­ence sink in so it soothes you. Nour­ish it. Savour it. En­joy it. Cel­e­brate the sat­is­fac­tion.

L – Link pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive ma­te­rial. Be aware of a neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence while feel­ing the pos­i­tive one. If a dark thought hi­jacks your at­ten­tion, focus on the pos­i­tive and try to let go of the neg­a­tive. Or laugh at it.

Or, in the words of Monty Python, “When you’re chew­ing on life’s gris­tle, don’t grum­ble, give a whis­tle, and this’ll help things turn out for the best.”

z In this se­ries of ar­ti­cles, Dub­bobased ik­i­fit founder Kim Macrae writes about ideas and ac­tiv­i­ties that can help brighten our own lives and the lives of those around us.

The Un­leaded E10 price at this Melbourne servo dur­ing the week was at 118.5 cents per litre.

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