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  1. To Serve Others

    Mark Cushway | 03 October 2017

    When you realise how well we live in Australia, you understand the needs of others for very basic things is far greater than our own need for a second cup of coffee. Australia has the wealth to ensure no child or adult has a vision problem. We live in one of... Read More

  2. Online v. Offline

    Mark Cushway | 29 August 2017

    I don't like going to the shops, so buying the latest Vans online seemed a no brainer. I scoured the web for a reputable site, scanned it for the style I liked, clicked pay and done. Easy. Three days later my order arrived. I was rapt… until I tried... Read More

  3. The Way of Serenity

    Mark Cushway | 28 July 2017

    There are things that hassle us everywhere we look but if we allow ourselves to get agitated by every little thing, the only one that suffers ends up being ourselves, not the guy driving 50km per hour in a 60 speed zone or the two slow trucks taking up both... Read More

  4. A Handful of Friends

    Mark Cushway | 26 June 2017

    Facebook tells me I have lots of friends but my closest either don't use social media or rarely post. We crave affection and receive affirmation from ‘likes’. We want tangible evidence that people like us… that everyone is our BFF. And the... Read More

  5. A Life of Purpose

    Mark Cushway | 29 May 2017

    In my 20s I had a lot of ideas and spent most of that decade chasing them. I bounced from job to job, payday to payday but had no purpose or direction. I tried several careers; worked as a nurse, a counsellor at a youth hostel and AIDS hostel, as a writer, a... Read More

  6. The Power of the Pause

    Mark Cushway | 28 April 2017

    Silence is difficult but it is powerful in speech. It hit me when I was at a meeting the other day. The person I was meeting with spoke quickly and with very few breaks. I was jotting down notes furiously, trying to take everything in. Every point he made... Read More

  7. Stop Making Money

    Mark Cushway | 26 March 2017

    How much money do we really need? What figure is enough? I remember thinking about Elvis living in Gracelands, his enormous rambling fortress of a home on 1,630.6 m2 of land with many bedrooms, and beds. I pondered at the time ‘but can't he only sleep... Read More

  8. Get on with it!

    Mark Cushway | 28 February 2017

    There are times in our life when we hit a crossroad and get a wake-up call. It can be in the form of financial stress, serious health issues, family upheaval or our job. Everything was going fine then the wheels fell off. If we’re honest, there would... Read More

  9. Inspired: Do What You Do

    Mark Cushway | 30 January 2017

    I’ve been thinking lately about inspiring people. I see them everywhere and realise they are found in places you least expect. I was gravely ill late last year. Grace, generosity in a time of grief, and the skills of a highly-trained medical team have... Read More

  10. We Have One Life

    Mark Cushway | 25 November 2016

    When you’re told you’ve lived well past your ‘used-by’ date and at the most, all going well, with new medications and a transplant, you’ll have a 50 per cent chance of living five years or a 20 per cent chance of living 10, life... Read More

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