“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say”.
Andrew Laird's blog
I, like thousands of others around Australia, have been hooked over the past month by the Bowraville podcast series. If you’re yet to discover it, think of it as the Australian version of the 2014 global podcast phenomenon Serial.
We’ve got exciting plans for 2016. Here’s a little taste of what’s in store – put the dates in your diary today!
Lyceum Summer School (January 18-22)
Religion in schools, freedom of speech, and responding to suffering – just a taste of the topics we’ll be covering at our second annual lunchtime Lyceum Summer School. Come to one, or come to all. Plus this year we’re planning special evening trips to the Big Bash cricket and the Australian Open – a great chance to relax and spend time together.
Audrey Lee grew up in a home which “cherished Confucian ideals”. Ideals such as humility and saying sorry. Ideals that she believes didn’t set her up well for the modern workplace.
Last year Lee wrote a hugely popular article titled, ‘How to suppress the apology reflex’. In it she argued that confidence is an essential quality in the modern workplace, and that, “Confidence, at least in the American workplace, means never having to say you’re sorry”. She grew up being taught to say sorry, so to survive in the workplace she needed to learn how to “suppress the apology reflex”.
“Hi there, my name is Andrew. What do you do for work?”
I was working in a radio newsroom in Sydney in 2005 when news first broke; a group of Australians (who would soon become known as the “Bali Nine”) had been arrested in Indonesia, accused of planning to smuggle drugs into Australia. I remember the response of my editor as we read the initial news wire together: “This is going to be a significant news story”. How little did we realise then that 10 years later we as a nation would still be talking about, this time, the execution of two of those nine.
“You don’t love the hours. You don’t love the early mornings. You don’t love the competition. But the one thing that gets you out of bed every day is the one thing that got you started in the first place…you love your work”
Still Life is the story of John May, a local council worker who has the job of trying to contact the next of kin of those who die alone. For 22 years he has undertaken his work with meticulous care and kindness. Such is his belief in the dignity of human life, even in death, that he goes above and beyond to ensure that each person is given a thoughtful and meaningful farewell, even if he is oftentimes the only mourner at their funeral.