I watched a great video conversation recently which a colleague of mine, Megumi Miki, did as part of her regular interviews for a series she developed during the COVID lockdown called Calm in Chaos. She has been interviewing different people
and having some insightful conversations on a weekly basis. I was a guest on it a few months ago and we discussed Conscious Ageing.
The most recent episode was an interview Megumi held with Annalise Jennings, a community and business strategist and Maryann Coconut an elder of the Thanikwithi Indigenous group of Queensland. The session was entitled, “Applying the Wisdom of
Indigenous Australians in challenging times of Transformation”. They discussed the transformation of the town where MaryAnn lives. It took a number of years with Annalise helping to drive community engagement. The town faced many of the challenges that
Indigenous people in Australia must deal with – poverty, unemployment, low education engagement rates, lack of access to health resources and crime. The community was able to unite and turn the situation around which brought about some significant shifts
to the town and its people. It was very uplifting to hear such a positive story and see the changes and shifts that came about from vision. During the interview, MaryAnn conveyed that challenges are a part of life, and although we may not like it there is
much that we can learn from it. The wisdom and elderhood she demonstrated was impressive. Here is the link to the interview. https://megumi.clickfunnels.com/reverse-squeeze-page1602847080563
The discussion helped me reflect on what the benefits of this difficult year are. I have definitely been forced to improve my technical skills and my ability to deliver interactive and engaging webinars in a different medium. I have had to shift so
many face to face client focussed activities online. It has also provided the opportunity to stop traveling, slow down and become more involved in my local community. There has been lots of learning and I would hope that as a result of that I have made
some positive progress in a few areas. What have been the silver linings for you?