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“No Arms, No Legs, No Worries” ~ Nick Vujicic
Love is amazing!
09/12/2013 - Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s why
Psychologists suggest that it is not external experiences that contribute to our stress, but rather our thoughts and feelings.
Here’s a list of ten cognitive distortions that may be weighing you down, and some helpful examples of “counter” statements you can use to get you in a far healthier state of mind:
1. All or Nothing Thinking: Seeing things in black and white; that if one thing goes wrong you think you are a total failure.
Counter Statement: “This is just one event that didn’t go the way I planned, but it doesn’t mean I’m not a successful person.”
2. Overgeneralization: When something bad happens, you overgeneralize and think that something bad is always happening to you, when in fact, it isn’t.
Counter Statement: “It seems the whole world is against me sometimes, but I know that’s really not true; many good things do come my way.”
3. Mental Filter: You only see the negative in a situation and ignore the positive.
Counter Statement: “My boss didn’t like my marketing plan, but she really loved my choice of graphic design.”
4. Disqualifying the Positive: Finding a reason to not accept positive feedback.
Counter Statement: “It made me feel good when my co-worker said I did a great job on my presentation. I know she meant it.”
5. Jumping to Conclusions: When you make a negative interpretation and conclusion even though there are no definite facts for it.
Counter Statement: “This traffic looks pretty bad, but I know I’ll make it home eventually.”
6. Catastrophizing: You exaggerate the importance of things and they become way beyond their reality.
Counter Statement: “My boss didn’t get back to me when he said he would, but I’m sure he’s just busy. I can check in with him again at another time.”
7. Emotional Reasoning: This is when you assume that your negative emotions reflect the way things really are.
Counter Statement: “I might feel a little undervalued, but when I take a step back I do see that my hard work is acknowledged.”
8. Should Statements: When you try to motivate yourself by having too many “should” and “shouldn’t” about how you should act, or how the world should be.
Counter Statement: “It’s healthy for me to accept some things the way they are.”
9. Labelling: Giving yourself or others a definitive label that cannot be an accurate description.
Counter Statement: “I know it’s not helpful to say that I’m weak or a failure. I’m a good person and I can grow, learn, and improve myself.”
10. Personalization: When you see yourself as personally responsible for an outside event; basically, you confuse influence with control.
Counter Statement: “The downturn has affected the economy in unforeseen ways, but I’m doing well at steering my business in the right direction.”
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December 9, 2013
”Hospital medicine is just a Band-Aid solution to all the problems we’re facing with the health of indigenous Australians. Hospital is just really the last resort for a lot of these problems and something that became bleedingly obvious to me is the fact that we need a more community-based approach to indigenous health problems.
”How do you start to worry about health when you do not have education opportunities and why would you bother about education opportunities when there are no employment opportunities? And why is employment important when no one you know has a job?”
Steinberg believes the solutions must ultimately come from within indigenous communities, but that models elsewhere in the world provide guidance, particularly on health.
Steinberg recently became the first Australian to win the Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in International Jewish Service, a coveted international study opportunity he is going to use to further his examination of community development throughout the world.
He is here in The Zone today to discuss how the gap between the health outcomes for indigenous Australians and the rest of the community might be narrowed.
He believes ”radical new systems” are required, and that the key to progress is collaboration between indigenes and medical professionals, with Aborigines owning the responsibility of championing change in their own communities.
The full transcript of our discussion and a short video by Steinberg are at theage.com.au/federal-politics/the zone. He will be online on Monday for an hour from midday to respond to questions.
He stresses that, as a white man from Melbourne, he does not have the solutions. But he does, as a specialist in community medicine, have some informed ideas.
What is clear is there is a profound problem, the starkest encapsulation of which is that the life expectancy of indigenous people is about two decades less than that of the rest of the population. Money has not improved the situation.
”For every dollar the Australian government spends on non-indigenous health, it spends $1.47 on indigenous health,” Steinberg says. ”There is no doubt there have been resources devoted to this problem, but why is there not progress?”
Steinberg talks of a ”meaningful space” where change comes from discussion between medical professionals and indigenous people.
Australia has been going backwards, while the gap between the life expectancy of indigenes in New Zealand, Canada and the US and that of the rest of those populations has fallen significantly.
Steinberg has worked in Ethiopia, Israel and Ghana. He is now in Manila as part of a team from the world’s biggest Jewish humanitarian organisation, the Joint Distribution Committee, helping in the aftermath of the recent devastating typhoon.
He says our failure to do better in one of the world’s richest nations surprises people elsewhere.
”When I was in Ethiopia the American doctor who had been based in Addis Ababa gave a presentation where he showed various developing world health problems afflicting Ethiopian children.
”He would put a slide up and ask the audience what the ailment was and each time he was shocked that I could recognise the condition. He couldn’t believe that Australia, a well-resourced, developed country could still have medical conditions you could find in Ethiopia and the developing world.”
Indigenous Australians suffer higher rates of almost all illnesses and disease. Rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the Northern Territory are the world’s highest. It is estimated that as many as three times the number of indigenous babies die in their first year as do non-indigenous infants.
About two in three indigenes die before the age of 65. Chronic illnesses, particularly cardiac disease, are the biggest killers. Deaths from diabetes are seven times more common for indigenes than for the rest of the population. Aboriginal people are twice as likely to die from a respiratory disease.
While in Darwin, Steinberg discovered that indigenous people languish in the hospital system. Upon arrival he was assigned an elderly woman who had been in hospital for three months and was not recovering.
”I said to my team, ‘You know what, let’s take this lady outside. These are people who spend most of their time in the outdoors, so let’s take her outside and just have a conversation with her’.
”And, really, what happened because of that single act was it opened up a whole dialogue about her, her community setting and the issues they were facing.”
He says that simple act created a ”meaningful space” that fostered trust and understanding. His patient recovered and Steinberg applied the idea to other patients. ”It really changed the way she interacted with the system and the problems. Imagine if we could do that on a national scale.”
He hopes his encouragement of other young doctors to go outside the hospital and listen to individual patients will engender ever-greater collaboration and understanding, and perhaps even lead to ideas about creating community clinics and ways to deliver medical treatment away from hospitals.
Steinberg is a first-generation Australian whose grandparents survived the Holocaust. As a doctor, he feels a sense of duty to the sick and unprotected.
But his desire to find solutions to the health woes of indigenous Australians is deepened by parallels he sees between their plight and the historical suffering of Jewish people.
”Your history needs to inform your values and therefore your actions and if you look at the Jewish narrative, from the Passover story in Egypt to the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, there is a strong message there about looking out for the other.”
He argues that by the time indigenous people, particularly those in remote Australia, get to hospital it is
all but too late. This is why he sees hope in community medicine, where the focus is on prevention rather than cure.
He believes empowering women has great potential, and draws on the experience of radical Indian social entrepreneur Bunker Roy, who has transformed communities through the world by training grandmothers to install solar power systems.
”When you change the life of a woman you change the life of her family and then her community. In Ethiopia, the [Joint Distribution Committee] really focuses on micro-finance, scholarship and vocational training of women in all different settings of the country.
”That target group can really start to change the dynamic and the fabric of a community. That extends to Ghana, where it is a huge focus of the development work. The lesson from the Israeli model is things like different notions of what communal living is.”
He sees it as ironic that so many of the diseases and illnesses suffered by indigenous Australians are caused or exacerbated by food and alcohol introduced by white people.
A simple community-based way to offset some of the dietary problems would be, he says, to help women establish kitchen gardens. Here again, he underscores the idea that such solutions can be suggested by outsiders like him, but must be owned by indigenous people.
Harking again to the Jewish parallel, he says the kibbutz model in Israel is helpful.
”The kibbutz is a part of a society where all your basic needs are really looked after by the community, but to be part of that community you have got to contribute in some way.
”And just imagine that if, instead of using all the Centrelink payments and land-rights payments to just give credit to people’s cards, we invested into the community in that way and really gave people a sense that if you do this for one person somebody else is going to do something for you and we can really look after each other in that way.”
After Manila, Steinberg is planning to use his fellowship to work in community medicine in the Russian city of St Petersburg. He is humble enough to know that, after decades of largely futile efforts by policy and medical experts there, he is unlikely to be able to solve the problems.
But he is determined enough to at least try to make some progress by surveying what is happening in similar situations around the world.
A new vision is obviously needed, and sometimes a fresh, young pair of eyes can bring focus and perspective to seemingly intractable problems.
The Honorable Shaoquett Moselmane has presented Gerry Georgatos with a certificate of appreciation for his longstanding humanitarian and philanthropic deeds with Wheelchairs for Kids.
Wheelchairs for Kids has assisted 26,000 children in 68 countries and still counting. You can find out more about Wheelchairs for Kids here: Wheelchairs For Kids
We here at Lateral Love want to take this opportunity to Congratulate Gerry and let him know how much we appreciate everything he stands for and believes in.
We love you Gerry, Jen and Connie!
Yours in unity through lateral love and spirit of care,
Uncle Brian, Nicola, Andrew and the Lateral Love Team!
WFKids IN THE MEDIA
Wheelchairs for Kids helping thousands
The WA charity has helped over 25,000 children get their mobility back
28 Nov 2013
By HELEN VELISSARIS
Mobility is everything, and for disabled children, they wouldn’t have any form of independence without their wheelchair.
The Western Australian charity Wheelchairs for Kids is designed to give the right of mobility back to children who need it most.
WikiLeaks party member and journalist Gerry Georgatos has been the volunteer foundation manager for years and has overseen the transportation of thousands of wheelchairs to over 68 countries in the world to disabled children suffering through war and poverty.
Starting in 1998, the charity has grown from manufacturing 35 wheelchairs a month (all handmade and built by volunteers) to over 350 a month.
Most recently, the charity has shipped wheelchairs to war-torn Syria and Libya and will be adding Egypt to the list in their next shipment.
Over 150 volunteers – mostly retired individuals – help make wheelchairs of all shapes and sizes for children around the world. The volunteers often go the extra mile by making personalised toys to go with each wheelchair.
For Mr Georgatos, seeing the immediate benefit for the child and the community is what keeps him volunteering.
“A wheelchair means mobility, it means improved access to personal wellbeing, education, it means relief for the family,” he tells Neos Kosmos.
“It means a quality of life.”
To date, the charity has made 25,986 wheelchairs and is hoping to boost that tally as demand keeps rising.
“The demand is huge, the amount of kids we help, we know there’s millions waiting,” Mr Georgatos says.
The WA charity runs out of a factory in the Perth suburb of Gnangara and is completely funded by donations. The annual running costs are $600,000, enough to buy materials and pay for shipping for over 5,000 wheelchairs a year.
Each wheelchair is built to withstand rough terrain and is built to last. Many of the areas they are sent to don’t have the ability to fix substandard wheelchairs with spare parts.
“There are no wheelchair assembly factories, there’s no way of provision and they depend on international aid to survive,” Mr Georgatos says.
Right now the charity is looking to increase its reach, adding more countries to their distribution list. The only way they can do that is by raising more funds.
To donate to the Wheelchairs for Kids Foundation:
ANZ BSB: 016 261 - ACC: 267 255 563
Any school, association, organisation or individual that would like to assist WFKids please contact the volunteer foundationmanager, Gerry Georgatos on 0430 657 309 or at email@example.com
Monty Panesar – Image, http://www.telegraph.co.uk
Picture this: The Australian Cricket Board Chairman’s XI is playing against the visiting English team. The match is being played in Alice Springs. A spinner who has played for England 48 times in test matches, 26 times in One Day Internationals, and taken 188 wickets in these matches comes in to bowl his left arm spinners. The spinner is a 31 year old born in Luton in England. The ground announcer is David Nixon, a hitherto unknown individual.
David Nixon announces the spinner in a fake mocking Indian accent. Why? The spinner is Monty Panesar. Panesar’s parents are of Sikh religious faith and of Indian ethnic origin. Ironically the announcer is also the person who is required to remind spectators of the International Cricket Council’s Racism code which says in part: “anyone making “racially abusive comments and actions” will result in ejection from the ground”. Nixon then justifies his actions on Twitter that he is a fan of Panesar. Cricket Australia, on the other hand, does not tolerate the nonsense and stands down the announcer.
Really? I love Monty P – cult hero. He should bat 3. My style didn’t fit theirs. That’s all. RT@sjrohweder: ABC’s David Nixon stood down
I commend the actions of Cricket Australia. The scenario that played out herein reminded of two other incidents that I dealt with in recent times. The first of these was one that involved Nic Naitanui from the West Coast Eagles. What transpired on that occasion was that Tim Clarke then at WA Today Sports Department, contacted me at the then peak ethnic advocacy agency in this area to say that he had discovered a video that had been uploaded online that portrayed the footballer as a spear waving tribesman. After making the requisite enquiries I tracked the producers of the video to Tasmania where a trio of young school teachers and football enthusiasts admitted to having put together the offending video. Concurrently I had contacted the hierarchy of the West Coast Eagles who indicated that they had had a conversation with the footballer and he was offended by the portrayal in the video. Accordingly I spoke to the people who had uploaded the video and interestingly their response was also along the lines of that advanced by Nixon above and that they “were huge fans of Naitanui”. To their credit, the boys in Tasmania did not attempt to justify putting the video up and pulled it off the websites as soon as they could. They then issued public apologies to Naitanui. However, newspapers all around the world ran the story close to or at the front page as an example of the racism that exists in this country. Details of some of the news coverage can be found here:
The second incident that occurred that I was involved in related to the WA Parliament. As I recall it Margaret Quirk and Peter Watson on the Labor side of state politics chose to mock Michael Sutherland about his South African accent. Details of that incident are here:
I wrote to the local newspaper pointing out that the mimicking of other’s accents was racist. A number of agencies involved in the area of assessments of racial vilification and discrimination have examined this issue. The University of British Columbia is one of those that has examined the issue and this is their analysis that I have used in the past. They define racial harassment in these terms:
I hasten to add that in the case of the state politicians my letter emphasised that I found it quite out of character for someone like Margaret Quirk to have done what is claimed herein. I had had the good fortune to work with her when she was the Minister for Multicultural Interests in the state government. At a later date she went to great lengths to indicate to me personally that she had been suitably chastened by my letter to the editor.
The latest incident that occurred over the weekend in Alice Springs is simply further proof that we have much to learn in so far as these issues are concerned. The mimicking of people’s accents and styles of speech is something that is unacceptable. It is far from funny and can be considered offensive by many. Somehow, I have never understood the justification that because the perpetrator is a “fan” of the victim the actions are somehow acceptable. As a fan I would consider it completely inappropriate to mock my idols. So why would it be acceptable for others to do so?
If there is a lesson that we can learn from the events of the weekend, it would simply be that we need to be mindful of our comments and actions when dealing with anyone. A second thought as to what the impact of our comments are going to be, would be a worthwhile thing.
Dennis Eggington – Image, http://www.caama.com.au
The Aboriginal Legal Services Western Australia (ALSWA) has endorsed a recent report by a parliamentary inquiry committee into police services and custodial situations. ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington however said that endorsement is one thing and implementation of the recommendations another matter. If the recommendations are not followed through then the report is more waste.
Earlier this year, ALSWA presented its own findings to the Community and Justice Standing committee. ALSWA’s legal services director, Peter Collins criticised not only the police, whom he accused of disproportionate arrest rates and maltreatment when it came to Aboriginal people, but also slammed Government legislation – mandatory legislation, move on orders, curfews, three strike behaviour policies – and described cultures of rampant racism.
“There is no doubt in my experience that Aboriginal people are policed far more harshly in this State,” said Mr Collins.
Mr Collins is correct – WA arrests, sentences and incarcerates Aboriginal people at the nation’s highest rates. Mr Collins criticised police for arresting Aboriginal people for something as benign as swearing.
“It is hard not to think that similar language used by a non-Aboriginal person would go through to the keeper,” said Mr Collins. He was disgusted by the Government’s push for a law that would punish repeat offenders by “naming and shaming them.” He said if this “insidious legislation” was passed it would be a racist disgrace.
Mr Collins described the Prohibition Behaviour Orders Act 2010 as “a form of ethnic cleansing” targeted at Aboriginal peoples. He said that orders of this nature were not behaviour management strategies but an obvious agenda to remove Aboriginal peoples from various precincts.
The In Safe Custody report made 22 recommendations from replacing ageing infrastructure (some of the watch houses should be condemned) to enforcing requirements for a minimum two police officers and 24/7 medical staff at watch houses, and that a number of cultural training programs should be implemented for police.
Mr Eggington said that the report merely validated many of the concerns that had been held for many years by the ALSWA.
“We endorse the findings and recommendations, along with those from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC).” He said that the RCIADIC findings, now 22 years old,
“need to be implemented once and for all.”
“There are such simple steps that can be taken, such as providing ALSWA with a properly funded phone service for Aboriginal people to contact for legal advice if they’ve been taken into custody.”
“It also makes good sense that the WA Police expand their cultural training for recruits and sworn police officers.”
Mr Eggington said that the Aboriginal Visitor’s Scheme needs to be supported with access to all Aboriginal people in all lock-ups. According to a former 20 year AVS officer, Joyce Capewell, the AVS has been neglected by police and prisons services and far too many towns and communities have no AVS.
Mr Eggington pushed that no time is wasted in implementing the report’s recommendation 17, that amendments are made to the Inspector of Custodial Services Act 2003 to enable the Inspector to assume oversight responsibility for all police lock-ups. Mr Eggington also supports that amendments should be made to the Criminal Investigations Act 2006 to ensure that detainees in lock-ups receive timely access to legal services, and in particular ensure there is immediate notification of, and access to, legal services by Aboriginal detainees. He said that evidence should be made inadmissible in court where a detainee’s right to legal access has been deliberately suspended.
One of the report’s recommendations urged for the State Government to supplement Federal Government funding to ALSWA given the unmet demand (of Aboriginal detainees).
Mr Eggington said State Premier Colin Barnett should expedite the implementation of the recommendations and that he should “resource the development of a national Indigenous interpreters framework through Western Australia.”
Mr Eggington said that if common sense prevails there is “the capacity to put to an end unnecessary injury or loss of life within police lock-ups.”
Congratulations Fred Dukes!
“Caring, Sharing, Nurturing, Love and Respect, these things need to take front and centre in all of our thought processes, actions, conversations and everything we do. Each and every person within our immediate circle needs to feel loved, valued and appreciated for the shift in consciousness to occur and create the ripple effect out into our societies. When we do this and our motivations are for nothing more that the betterment of human condition, the sky really is the limit.” ~ Nicola Butler 2013
“Aboriginal People are the skeleton in the cupboard of Australia’s national life …. outcasts in our own land.” ~ Sir Doug Nicholls, National Day of Mourning speech, 1938.
“All we want is to be able to think and do the same things as white people, while still retaining our identity as a people.” ~ Sir Doug Nicholls
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~ Mother Teresa