Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hope is a good thing...and no good thing ever dies...

Hope is a powerful word, it can mean many things for each of us as we each hope for something. The Oxford dictionary defines it as an expectation and desire, a person or thing that encourages hope and of something that is quite promising.

It is wishing and believing in something to happen or occur and is certainty someone one can have one can and may have faith in. Faith in the hope that things will get better or that the expected outcomes you are looking for will arise.

Whether or not these outcomes do occur or not, having hope inspires and motivates each of us to move on, particularly in times where despair, worry and heartache may set our surroundings. Hope helps sets our mind to want to achieve that special something, and no matter how unrealistic it may seem, in doing so, almost like setting a goal for yourself, it inspires you to continue on when you otherwise wouldn't if you didn't have hope.

While at times you may not reach or achieve a goal in all expected entriely. The process of hoping and moving towards that goal would triggered many reactions and thoughts that make the efforts worth it, much like the saying, about how 'it's about the journey, not the destination'. It's about the journey of hope, although the destination is great that will inevitably change you, and in doing so, will change the world forever as well. If not changing 'the' world, it will change 'your' world.

I would like to leave you with a quote which I hope will inspire you.
'Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies' – Shawshank Redemption

Friday, March 12, 2010

Jumping off the Young Endeavour

Here's the belated video of me jumping off the Young Endeavour!

This is at Normans Bay, Wilsons Promontory and we had been 6 days at sea before we finally had a chance to swim. This day happened to be my birthday as well, so enjoy watching my birthday swim! I'm jumping off the bowstrip of the ship btw :D

I hope you enjoy the video and thank you all for helping me to support the Caritas charity as part of this voyage.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Unlocking the talent within each of us

I believe that everyone has a hidden gift and talent which they share in at least one aspect of their lives - whether that is through the arts such as dancing and singing, technical or specialised fields such engineering and chemistry, or simply in their passion and approach in life. Each of us possesses that little something that they can each share and bring to the table, i.e. that little gift to share with the communities and societies that we each live in.

Sometimes, it requires that a little bit of nurturing and nudging to help us not only realise the gifts that we have but also to assist us in releasing it. As someone may be able to guide us by training or mentoring us, and that may be all that is need to help us unlock that hidden potential.

Regardless of however the potential in each of us is released. I believe that it is up to each of us to try putting it to some good use to realise our potential and this will certainty vary for everyone. As someone may want to share their musical talent with a large audience at a concert, while another may want to just share it with their friends and family. This decision as to what to do will always lie with the bearer of the gift, and with the appropriate guidance can lead you far.

So whether you are seeking or discovering your own gifts or gifts of those around you, think about how your gifts can serve yourself and those around you well.

Here’s a quote that I’ll leave you with that I believe sums this up nicely, and although it can feel a bit daunting, it can inspire you to look deep inside and to look for ways to achieve your true potential...

'Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.' - Henri-Frederic Amiel