Hello world!

Dear Friends

A Photo of the Eurythmia owner, designer and writerThis is the way I want to address you at the start of my first blog post on the official launch day of this site, and how I want to address you on every subsequent one. Because I hope that we will all become friends and supporters to one another over time.

Eurythmia is certainly about me, but it’s also about you. It’s built for you, so that you can get (and give) information and encouragement that allow you to reclaim your equilibrium – your eurythmia – in these times when everything seems to be conspiring to take it away from you.

Certainly, the ideas and information and products that are on the Eurythmia website reflect me and my particular ideas, experiences and interests. But I hope that in time they will also be yours. So I would encourage you to post your reactions and your own ideas, what works for you and what doesn’t.

If you don’t like things I’ve said or featured, by all means say so, but then please also give suggestions that WORK for you. Everyone has different likes and dislikes and different ways of dealing with difficulties. What works for you may not work for me (and vice versa), but may work for someone else. I would like to create a smorgasbord of quality suggestions about how to improve life in the areas of concern encompassed in this website. My aim here is to build, not to take apart.

What are those areas of concern? Well, at the moment, they are the ones featured under the menu list “Achieving Eurythmia”.  But this list may grow over time, either because I’ve found something new to add to it, or because you have.

Perhaps the most important underlying message on this site is one of looking at ourselves and seeing where we can adopt a more positive and pro-active approach to life. We have to reclaim our own balance and eurythmia, because no-one else can do it for us.

If we can get our own house in order, perhaps the ‘neighbours’ will notice and be inspired to do the same. The positive effects may start to have an effect on the ‘neighbourhood’, and who knows where this can spread to. Obviously, I’m speaking metaphorically here, but you can take this metaphor literally as well.

Our attitude has an effect on others. If enough of us take action in our own little worlds, it has a cumulative effect. A quote (attributed to Mahatma Ghandi, but its exact content and provenance are disputed) sums it up: “We have to be the change we want to see in the world.”

And it starts with taking responsibility, guarding against negativity, and taking positive action.

A recent story in the media outlined the perception that suggested the ‘whingeing Poms’ no longer feature as the world class whingers Australians have traditionally painted them as. Instead, another nationality has topped the poll.

It’s us! (“Australians don’t know how lucky they are”)

What has happened to this nation of stoic Anzacs and Rats of Tobruk? Of hard-working but uncomplaining battlers and squatters and settlers doing it tough, but holding onto that sense of humour, mateship and egalitarianism, and refusal to take the world seriously? Of “She’ll be right, mate” and “No worries!”

Have you seen that famous cartoon from Stan Cross in 1933 of the two building workers hanging from a girder over a multi-story drop? (Go to The State Library of Victoria URL The worker below is hanging onto his friend’s pants – which are falling down – and saying, “For gorsake, stop laughing: this is serious!”

If that cartoon appeared for the first time in the media today, I’m sure some people would write in and complain about the blatant disregard of Workplace Health & Safety and want to have someone sacked over the irresponsible humourisation of a serious safety issue! Everything these days has to be so serious.

I suspect it has a lot to do with people aping our professional whingers – especially politicians and activists of all kinds, people with a cause or an axe to grind.

Don’t get me wrong – drawing attention to serious issues and righting real and serious wrongs does often require exceptional ‘in-your-face’ confrontation and persistent picking at the warm, comfortable threads of the status quo. But all too often these days the issues and the complainers can seem motivated by self-interest or just plain bias and nit-picking. And it is not only the Guardian article mentioned above that questions whether it serves the national interest – or could be seriously undermining it.

Negativity can be very catching, and we Australians seem to have learned it too well.

Of course, like most people I can’t take any moral high ground here. I’m just as guilty of developing a bit of a habit of having a good whinge as the next person. But recognising the tendency is the first step to breaking it.

If we are to change the world, we have to start with ourselves. We have to act, and not just moan and complain – or suffer in silence. But we also have to act positively.

Are you ready to throw a pebble or two into the water and see where the ripples end up?