I was lucky enough during last week to hear Geoff Kennet speak at a conference I was working on. Most people will know him as the former Victorian Premier and as a politician who in his own words "Upset quite a lot of people" while in office. You may not however know that he is also the chairman of Beyond Blue, the initiative set up to assist people battling depressive illnesses. I'd like to just briefly share a couple of the thoughts that really hit home from his speech.
Spare five minutes to listen. It may seem like a chore at the time, you're busy, involved in some task or just wanting some peace and quiet. It may also be the most important five minutes in THAT persons life. The simple act of listening may be all the reassurance that someone in the world cares, and to allay the feeling of loneliness or hopelessness. Five minutes well spent.
Be thankful for every day you wake up. No matter what else happens, if you wake up you have one more day to DO something. It could be mowing the lawn, it could be reading a book, it could be saving the world. That part is your choice. No day you spend on Earth is a wasted day.
So these are pretty simple statements. I figure if someone who has achieved as much as Geoff Kennet can find value in them, so can I. try them and let me know how you go.