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Hey guys. Sorry for the recent leave of absence. There are moments where you need some time to reflect upon life and its trivialities. But hey, we’re back and we certainly miss writing to you. It’s amazing how a year has come and almost gone, with Christmas only twenty four sleeps away. Before you know it, we’ll be writing a review on the year that passed and our blessings and wishes for the year to come. So… have you been a good boy or girl this year? I’m sure when we look at everything we have accomplished this year there would be moments where we are super proud of ourselves and moments where we know that we could have given it a little more effort. Either way, as long as we keep trying then that is more than anyone could ever ask for.
Have you been wondering what we have been doing in the meantime? We’ve been trying to make Stinky and his stories a little more fun. How? Well I guess we’ll have you leave you guys hanging for a little bit while we fine tune what we have to offer. Also, there are rumours that Stinky may or may not have had a recent makeover – I’m filled with suspense just thinking about it. We might leave it there for now. Thank you for your patience. You’ll be hearing from us very soon. Pinky swear!
Today I caught up with an old friend of mine. We used to be colleagues when I first entered the workforce and ever since then, we have remained great friends. It has been a while since we last met and after hearing of all the things that had taken place was, to an extent, awe-inspiring. He spoke about his third child (that now makes three girls) and how busy he has been taking care of them. He also spoke about his investments and how well they are doing. He spoke about early retirement and his great career. He also spoke about how he is undertaking another undergrad degree at university. So at this point my jaw almost hit the floor. Yes, I was composed… just. And yes, I was truly happy for the guy. And as I was looking across a table almost small enough to pass for a stool, I saw a guy who was only a couple of years older who has, in a sense, accomplished so much more than me. At no point was I ever jealous and to be honest, I was really proud to see that he had done so well. I was always taught to celebrate the success of others as your own.
So after this meet, I walked away a little dazed and felt the need to do some soul searching. So what does one do when in need of some time to reflect? Well, I went to buy some batteries… as you do. And as I was scouring the shelves for some 3V 2016 batteries, an article I recently read crossed my mind. It is about an employee (Kejia Zhao) at Facebook who wrote a blog on success and whether he was succeeding ‘fast enough’. So here is a guy in his late 20’s, working for one of the biggest tech companies asking himself whether he was succeeding at a rate that was acceptable. In my books he is doing very well but if you have a read of his blog, you begin to say to yourself that maybe, just maybe, you’re doing alright yourself. He speaks about his grandfather who only tasted real success when he was 58 years of age. This fact alone is somewhat reassuring to pretty much every Joe Blow you meet on the street. I guess the part (to quote) that really stood out were the closing paragraphs in the blog.
‘Don’t be in so much of a rush. Be easier on yourself. Comparing yourself to what others are doing is a waste of time’
That really sticks out to me and gives me some much needed hope. If you have the time, why not read the full blog. It really is a good read. You can find it here:http://kzhu.net/does-life-end-
So what is the point of this post? I guess what I really wanted to convey was that everyone can be spectacularly normal. You don’t have to look at others who are achieving massive success and think that you are some sort of misfit, black sheep or failure in life. Smile and give yourself a much needed pat on the back because without you that bin wouldn’t be emptied, or that photocopier will always be out of paper, or that loan would never be approved, or… or… the list goes on and on. Smile and be thankful that you are who you are. To be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Stay safe and keep on smiling!
So you may have heard by now the Kevin Bacon and his friend Bradley have been found all the way in country Victoria! Yes that is right. More than a month after his pignapping, they have turned up at an animal sanctuary almost 500km away. Well, when we say turn up, we don’t actually mean they went on a road trip down south on their own. It was more like they were dropped off anonymously. The owner of the animal shelter then contacted the staff at The Grounds and the pair were positively identified as the missing two. It’s always a good feeling to find what you are looking for – especially a lost loved one. What spectacular news.
There’s also some people who think this is all some kind of publicity stunt – a marketing ploy of some sort. I say just let it go. It pays not to always look on the negative side of things. And if you’re like me and have ever been to The Grounds on a weekend, the 2 hour waits just to grab a seat sort of indicates that their business is doing well without the need of extra gimmicks.
Spare a thought for the ones that lost more than they deserved. Everyone will experience loss within their lives but when it hits, it always seems unexpected. It has been a week since the bushfires were at its climax. It roared through towns as though buildings were made from paper. It burnt hectares upon hectares of bushland leaving only a path of blackened ruin behind. Families were forced to evacuate their homes whilst some chose to stay and fight – such is the fighting spirit of the people. We witnessed heroic efforts from the volunteers who worked unending shifts to simply battle, all the while hoping that there was some end in sight. We watched, we prayed, we contribute.
But in the midst of chaos stems hope. No one ever walks away from disaster without gaining something. Anger would be amongst the last things anyone would feel. We saw people come together to help communities facing the worst. We saw people donate food, money, clothing and even cars to the ones that needed it the most. We saw people hold out their hand and help a stranger off the ground as though they were friends since childhood. We witnessed people at their very best – digging deep to inspire those that had almost lost all. And although all that remains is a land cleared bare, we see examples of what it could be like to love everyone around us.
They are facts not because someone said so, but because once upon a time one great mind decided that this was the right way to treat loved ones. Eventually this lore blossomed to what we call the unwritten ground rules within a family. But when you look into it deeper, why do we refer to them as the unwritten rules? It is unwritten because many of these actions, compromises and agreements come from a place deep within (hopefully somewhere in the region where the heart and soul and conscience lie). But it seems that over time the unwritten rules started to lose its effect upon us because the exposure to desires and greed and selfishness blurred the lines between what was always meant to be right and what we thought was right.
And so the story continues until one day another great mind decided to rewrite these sacred unwritten ground rules onto parchment, and share it with the people who had long forgotten that they ever existed. One thing you need to understand is that these rules evolved over time. People realised that the rules should be dynamic enough to adapt to cater for different environments. They named them weird things but when you perform a deep dive to find its essence, you start to realise that most people are endorsing the same things that aim to remind us of how great we once were and how great we can be.
We came across a display that had the words ‘Family Rules’ printed on the top of it. And although the word ‘rule’ implies something that is stern and strict, the words that were listed below them were not. So it led us to believe that having rules (written or not) was a good thing so long as you tried your best to comply with them. Some of the lines that really caught our attention were:
Do your Best
Say I Love You
Laugh out Loud
We sat there for some time thinking whether these were actually things that people needed to be reminded of? I mean most of these things, if not all, should be the types of things we already do on a daily basis. But too often do we see people being too busy with other commitments that they fail to stop and realise the basic courtesies that should be extended to anyone and everyone. All we want to say is don’t rely on a sign to remind you of how great you are. Don’t wait till your opportunities run dry. Don’t wait till someone taps you on your shoulder and tells you that you have broken these rules. Take a step, do what is right, and do it with a big silly smile. Take care.
Looking for Kevin Bacon!
Hey guys. So we have some bad news for you today. It has come to our attention that one of our friends is in trouble! A resident pig named Kevin Bacon at The Grounds of Alexandria has been pig-napped from their premise. This is a serious matter and we would like to get the word out there so that those evil souls who think this is some kind of silly prank fess up! Their beloved Bradley, a pet lamb, was also taken!
Sometimes pets aren’t just pets because eventually become like family. Although they may look a little different, that does not discount the affection shared between the carer and the recipient. The staff from The Grounds summed it up best when they said:
“We at The Grounds take family very seriously, and unfortunately last night two of our family members were taken from us. Kevin and Bradley are loved by all of The Grounds team and we find it unbelievable that people would take him from us”.
Please have a read of the news article here:
And follow The Grounds on their Facebook for more updates on the whereabouts of Kevin Bacon:
Photo credit: from The Grounds of Alexandria Facebook page (as mentioned above)
Cursed you winter winds for my skin has turned into something resembling dried apricots… just a little pinker though. Each season has its charm but some tend to stay around longer than others. So at this point where you start to question whether intellect has any role to play in this statement, we’d just like to reassure you that we know the length of each season is equal to that of the previous. Cryptic enough? I hope so. Elle oh elle! So on comes the winter jacket and scarf, all rugged up and ready to battle the sharp and slicing ice-cold breeze. The door opens. Blindness. Blinded. Blind. Sunshine rains down on you like you were a puddle of dough sitting in a muffin tin. Guess what? Spring is here in full force and the people living in the land down under are nothing but grateful. We hope you all enjoy the clear blue skies and the nice warm weather. So what are you doing this October long weekend? Watching the NRL? Spend time watching warships sail by in the Naval Fleet review? See some awesome fireworks? Singing and dancing along to One Direction… or was it Rihanna? Whatever it is, we hope you stay safe and enjoy yourselves!
Cute pigs. Cute pigs? CUTE PIGS? Say what? Ok enough dramatisation. You all already know how much we adore our pigs. Calling them cute does not solely mean that they look adorable enough to pinch and cuddle. Sure they roll around in the mud… sure they may at times eat too much… sure… they… might… smell. But have you ever wondered what other traits these creatures possess that make them all the more interesting? Well, let us enlighten you with some facts.
1. Some people like to keep pigs as pets. Who wouldn’t? Goo-chi-goo-chi-goo-chi-goo! That’s what you say to baby pigs to keep them from boredom.
2. Pigs are intelligent animals. Have you ever met someone and thought to yourself ‘Wow, they are really dumb!”. Chances are a random pig would be a little smarter than this particular individual. Yes, we’re talking to you _______. For the purposes of anonymity, we shall not name you .
3. Despite our sense of adventure, no pig has ever stepped foot (or trotter) on Antarctica. But for some reason Google doesn’t seem to know whether a pig has ever been to the Arctic. Having said this, I’m not sure whether pigs would like the company of polar bears very much. Somehow I think they won’t share much in terms of conversation.
4. Pigs have a tremendous sense of smell. Most possibly because of some super-duper snout. But have you ever heard that you can never tell whether you yourself smell. Well I guess this also applied to pigs.
5. If Chinese Zodiacs are your thing then those that are born in the year of the Pig are models of sincerity, purity, tolerance and honour. Face value, most people would think you are fake. Once they get to know you, they know that you would never let them down.
Despite the few fun facts listed above, most of you will form your own opinions whether to love or hate them. A while back we posted some content from Animals Australia whereby they ran a campaign called Make it Possible. This was to stop factory farming where animals such as pigs were treated like waste and were made to live in conditions most people could not even fathom. Why not Google it and have a read. In the meantime, I’m going to go and think of flying pigs till I fall asleep. Good night world!