Gradually … gradually ... gradually … SUDDENLY!

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. 
“Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually, then suddenly.”

 
Fourteen words from Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises”, reveal a lot about us as humans when it comes to success or failure.

When our world collapses, shock typically follows. However, given 20/20 hindsight, when we look back carefully what were the signposts that we ignored along the way?

The Brisbane Adventist College (BAC) pens the following:
Once we analyse what led us to this point, we can usually see where we went wrong. The conflicting intentions, the minor procrastination, the blind eyes we turn… Like the cracks and rust on the bridge, they don’t matter the one thousand times we safely cross until one day they do.
It's common to the human experience that we’re rarely motivated to act unless a crisis is upon us. We see this over and over in life experiences: studies, businesses, relationships. It’s not until something large and irreversible happens—when we risk losing all—that we feel compelled to act. But often it’s too late.
The media talks about the suddenlies. We notice the suddenlies. We comment on the suddenlies. Yet it’s the graduallies that should really take our attention.
 
Those WAPPA members (like the faculty at BAC) who have participated in the two-day Fierce Conversations workshop know well this phrase, its derivation, its meaning and its implications for living life.

WAPPA Fierce Conversations graduates know
my two follow up questions.
Q1: How close to “suddenly” are you? (Answer: We don’t actually know!)
Q2: So, why wait?

A couple of think pieces for you to mull over and discuss.
Gradually, then Suddenly: Hemingway’s Warning About Habits – Independently Happy
Gradually then Suddenly – Linked In
 
Mindful Education Workshop
This full-day course is a fun and interactive way to learn about the role of mindfulness and meditation in education. Perfectly suited for teachers completely new to mindfulness or experienced practitioners.

It is a great way to learn what mindfulness is and learn the many ways in which it can help in the classroom. You’ll explore the science behind mindfulness and meditation, such as the important links between mindfulness and child / adolescent brain development, learn different mindfulness techniques, partake in various mindfulness and meditation activities, and are given simple tools for bringing mindfulness into daily routines.

30 March, 9am - 3.30pm
Cottesloe Surf Club
Click here to register!
25% Discount for WAPPA Members                  
WAPPA’s Wellbeing Mantra for Members
WAPPA would love to see this mantra being used regularly by members in their schools. Perhaps before a staff meeting, the mantra could be read and a brief mindful moment (just a minute or two) taken to put the rigours of the day aside and bring focus to the intention of the meeting.
 

Feel free to use the mantra as is, or adapt to suit your school’s needs.
 

The WAPPA Board has decided that a focus for our Association for 2021 will be on the WAPPA Values and indeed the behaviours we regularly exhibit that should uphold each value.

WAPPA aims to see each member belong to a Collegial Group. The professional benefits of meeting in a confidential and safe space, with a group of like-minded and trusted colleagues, are numerous.

If your group is seeking content for your meetings, please remember we are happy to assist with suggestions and contacts. WAPPA also offers regular updates from Ian Anderson, President; professional learning workshops and discussion, with Tara Smith, Manager Professional Learning; and I can offer wellbeing focussed sessions and the Values workshops described above.

I have a number of members seeking to join a collegial group. If your group is looking to increase member numbers, now is the time to let me know.

Contact Carolyn Hanham () or me to find out more.
Those members who are interested in joining the 70 WAPPA members who have already joined WAPPA7s 2021, please click here, to do so.

If you are interested in joining but are unsure whether WAPPA7s is for you, please feel free to ring me for a chat.

The first WAPPA7s 2021 event for this year will be held on Wednesday 31 March from 1pm to 5:30pm. We are offering the unit Leadership Development Program unit, “Leading Change” for those interested in participating. An invitation will be sent shortly to those WAPPA members who have registered to join WAPPA7s 2021.
Fourteen of our WAPPA Alumni recently came together to hear from past-President Colin Pettit, who is currently Commissioner for Children and Young People. Colin spoke of his journey as Commissioner as well as his hopes for the future of children in our State.

All WAPPA members are invited to join Valerie Hannon and Colin Pettit, WA Commissioner for Children & Young People, in an inspiring program to learn more about what is required to create schools better fit for the future.
 
Join them for this FREE insightful and practical session, both face to face and online!
Date: Thursday, 18 March 2021
Face to face registration
Online registration
 

The next Alumni event will be a tour of the refurbished Perth Library with lunch in Northbridge. If you know a retired WAPPA who may be interested in joining the Alumni, please let me know.
Our Aspirant members will once again be invited to attend meetings and workshops, held typically during term holidays. Our first event for 2021 will be held during the coming school holidays, on 15 April. Invitations to attend will be sent shortly to our Aspirant members.
Shared from the Living the 7 Habits app:

These principles (fairness, integrity and honesty, human dignity, service, quality or excellence, potential, growth, patience, nurturance, and encouragement) surface time and time again, and the degree to which people in a society recognize and live in harmony with them moves them toward either survival and stability or disintegration and destruction.

Habit 6: Synergize

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