Amasssing .- 3 Mind Tricks to Make You More Productive

Amasssing .- 3 Mind Tricks to Make You More Productive

Benefit from clearing your head.

Do you find yourself having trouble focusing when you really need to get something done? Chances are, life has happened to you, making it hard to concentrate on the productivity at hand, and it might be hampering your work or personal life.

Here are three powerful tips that will help you capitalize on the benefits of having a clear head.

1. Write your thoughts on paper.

Sometimes you can’t express yourself the way you want to or should. Perhaps you are worried about hurting someone close to you or you’re afraid your words will create more trouble than they’re worth. The fact of the matter is, keeping emotions bottled up isn’t healthy for your mind or your body.

To remedy those occasions, go purchase a special notebook to be your outlet for expressing yourself, without causing hurt feelings. Whenever Abraham Lincoln wanted to really tell someone how he felt about them, he would write a nasty letter to that person and not send it. Therapeutically, it allows you to get everything out, all the while making you feel better and more productive.

Not really concerned about a certain person? That’s OK, too. The notebook is a catchall for your emotional distresses and anything you’re worried about. Keeping these thoughts together gives you an outlet, and when you release emotional distress from your mind, it allows you to make better decisions, think clearer and, therefore, be more productive.

2. Find your meditation practice.

While you might go for crossing your legs, closing your eyes and chanting om as to quiet your mind, there many other meditation practices you can try.

Meditation can be any place or practice you enjoy. My mother goes into the kitchen to cook. My father goes fishing. I run. It’s an exercise I can enjoy in solitude. It’s a place I can go to be alone and clear my head.

Whatever the scenario, make it yours. Find a place you can go to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday living. This daily practice of getting alone and thinking about the events ahead of you will give you peace of mind. And if you choose some sort of physical exercise, that is doubly good for you mentally and physically.

3. Find your distraction.

This may seem counterproductive, but neuroscientists at Brown University have concluded that the key to some productivity lies at the root of distraction. Your mind can only house one idea at a time, and when you are not being productive, then you are harboring other thoughts that keep you from your goals.

So in order to create a clear mind, you need a distraction. For example, at work, get some of your co-workers together and have a night out. Don’t talk about work at the lunch table, either; rather, find something everyone is interested in, like that basketball game last night. It allows your mind to recharge and reassemble for the rest of the day.

Distractions, while they are not the perfect solution for someone who is supposed to be focused, can be a great way to charge up the old brain cells to have them ready for round two.

If you’re having a little trouble being productive, these suggestions are powerful enough to restart everything.




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3 Thoughtful Ways You Can Benefit From Meditation

3 Thoughtful Ways You Can Benefit From Meditation


I’m a sucker for list articles. Especially ones providing tips for fostering personal growth. The more I’ve clicked on these stories, the more I’ve noticed a recurring suggestion: meditation.

I’ve been intrigued by meditation for a while now. I’ve even tried it out a couple of times, always without direction, and I never found success.

In my experiments, I’d sit for a few minutes, attempting to think about one thing explicitly, or nothing at all. The goal varied on the technique I was trying, often something I’d read online or my mom had seen on Oprah’s channel.

And inevitably, I’d go insane. I couldn’t get it right. When my timer went off, I was more tangled than when I started.

The problem was clearly me, not meditation, which is why I decided to sign up for a class. I figured the structure and guidance would give me a chance to get out of my own way. I was right.

For more than a year now, I have been meditating daily. The results have been so positive that I’ve come to view meditation like any foundational health block, such as quality sleep or a nutritious diet. It impacts everything. It makes it a little easier to be me.

Although it helped to find a technique that fit, the difference has come from my commitment to show up consistently and remain open to whatever happens.

Because once you do that, the benefits are boundless. Here are three.

1. Meditation has helped me be myself.

I admit it: I have road rage. Which is uncharacteristic, because when I’m anywhere else, (I like to believe) I’m easy going. It’s not the kind of rage where I confront fellow commuters, but it’s arguably as hazardous.

Every day I navigate two rush hours, and every day I’m faced with offenses that drive me to exasperation: people not letting me merge, people driving below the speed limit, people cutting in at the lip of a freeway exit so they don’t have to wait in line (as if the rest of us want to either).

I sit there seething, banging my steering wheel, as the tension inside simmers. My only recourse is pulling along the offending vehicle to give its driver the turn-and-look treatment (which is never as satisfying as it should be).

But since I’ve started meditating, I’m not pushed beyond my boiling point as easily or as often. Don’t get me wrong—the aforementioned misdeeds are just as unacceptable; I’m just not as affected.

As handy as this composure has been on my commutes, it has also permeated other areas of my life. I still feel impatience, anxiety and fear; they’ve just been dulled to a more manageable level.

It’s as if the daily meditations have doubled as dress rehearsals, allowing me to practice being calm and even-keeled, reminding me that the extra four seconds I have to wait for that guy to go when the light turns green aren’t worth being a jerk about.

For the first time in a long time, I’m more capable of behaving like the person my parents raised me to be.

2. Meditation has given me new perspective.

In the Seinfeld episode “The Pick,” George doesn’t know how to handle a particular situation, so he asks Kramer for advice.

“What does the Little Man inside you say?” Kramer says. “The Little Man knows all.”

“My Little Man’s an idiot,” George replies.

Like Costanza, I struggle with my Little Man—that inner narrator who critiques everything I do, say and think. At different times, he’s instilled fear, shattered confidence and sabotaged attempts I’ve made to move forward.

So naturally, my meditation was ripe for invasion.

When I first started practicing, the Little Man would grade each effort, not just after I was done, but as I was doing it. Going full backseat-meditator on me, he’d judge how well I was connecting with my mantra or impatiently whine, How much longer?

Finally, the teaching kicked in. My class taught me that there’s no such thing as a good or bad meditation session, because each one gives you what you need: Sometimes that’s the chance to learn or process stresses; other times it’s the chance to relax or gain critical insights.

And really, the same can be said of any experience I have. Too often, I’ve gotten hung up on what I could’ve or should’ve done differently, or how I was victimized by an unfortunate fate.

Now, no matter what comes my way, I’m much quicker to accept it. I recognize that whatever happens, for better or worse, is what was supposed to happen. And it’s up to me to acknowledge it, learn from it and trust that it provides the building blocks I need to progress.

With an outlook like that, the Little Man has no retort.

3. Meditation has made me tougher.

My family and King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls aside, my two passions are writing and golf.

As a writer, I often like having written something more than I liked actually writing it. The destination can be more enjoyable than the journey.

Staring at my computer, the screen is as blank as my brain feels. I either have no words and no direction, or a million words I can take in a million directions. The net result is the same.

There’s also that blinking cursor, like a tapping finger, taunting me with its I’m waiting! impatience. It doesn’t matter how many times I fight through this inertia; there’s at least a part of me convinced that this time I’ll be exposed as a fraud.

In golf, every shot you face can be as intimidating as that blank screen. On the first tee, your round is unwritten, and though there are outside forces like wind and water, the story that unfolds is ultimately up to you.

The ball is just sitting there, waiting for you to tell it where to go. And when you give it bad directions, there’s nobody to blame but yourself. Do that enough during a round, and it’s not long before you’re overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy.

Fortunately, meditation has made writing and golf more manageable, even more enjoyable.

I once heard someone describe meditation as a shower for your brain. That’s a good characterization. My daily practice helps cleanse the filth—fear, anxiety and self-doubt—that derails me. This keeps me calmer while also making me tougher and more resilient.

When I can’t think of what to write or when I’ve banana’d my Titleist into somebody’s swimming pool, instead of my mind turning in on itself, I now have the energy and clarity to absorb the hit, put the past in the past and get back into the present.

The results prove it. Since I began meditating, I have lowered my golf handicap by salvaging numerous disaster-destined rounds, and I have been more productive as a writer.

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Amasssing .- Optimists see opportunities in challenges

Amasssing .- Optimists see opportunities in challenges

Two hikers were camped out overnight in the mountains.  A thunderous voice roused them from their sleep.  The voice said, “This will be the saddest day or the happiest day of your lives,” then instructed them to pack up their belongings, make their way to the river, gather stones in their backpacks that they couldn’t look at until morning, and continue on their journey never to return to the river or the mountain again.

The hikers did as they were instructed and stumbled through the darkness to the river.  They stuffed their packs with cold, wet stones and carefully trekked down the rocky trails that would lead them away from the mountain.

Shortly after sunrise they reached a valley and decided to set up camp to rest for a while.  But first, they pulled out their packs to examine the stones they’d collected from the river.  To their surprise, what they’d thought were river rocks were actually diamonds and rare gems.  Both hikers sat in silence, overwhelmed by the bounty before them. 

The first hiker said, “Now I know why this is the saddest day of our lives.  We should’ve gathered more stones.”

“You must be kidding!” the second hiker said.  “This is the happiest day of my life.  Look at the wealth we attained by simply taking advantage of an opportunity that was offered to us.”

Therein lies the perfect example of what Winston Churchill meant when he said:  “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Positive thinking alone may not ensure success, but it’s an important start.  If you don’t believe in yourself, you’ll have a hard time persevering against the obstacles and setbacks you’re likely to encounter.

How you look at life can drastically affect how much you enjoy your life.  Optimists expect the best out of life.  Good news:  It’s an attitude that can be learned. 

Optimism is based on these tenets:
  • Bad things happen in life, but they are temporary.
  • Bad things in life are limited in scope.
  • People have control over their environments.
Pessimism is based on these tenets:
  • Good things in life are temporary.
  • Good things in life are limited in scope.
  • People have no control over their environments.

According to conventional wisdom, optimists and pessimists are both right about the same number of times, but optimists get to enjoy their lives more.  Optimists help create some of the good they come to expect, so they are probably right more than not.  And they don’t waste time worrying about what they’re not right about.

If you want to maintain the right attitude in the face of adversity, start by telling yourself you can change.  Think of how you’ve changed throughout your life emotionally.  You’re probably a different person today than you were five years ago, so don’t assume you can’t evolve further.

Use positive language.  Replace words and phrases like “impossible” and “I can’t” with words that emphasize strength and success:  “challenging” and “I must.”

Create the right environment.  Listen to music that uplifts you.  Watch inspirational movies and shows.  Read motivational books.  Don’t spend too much time on downbeat material.  Mix it up, with a leaning toward the positive.

Appreciate your life.  Take some time to enjoy what you’ve already achieved with your life.  Think about what you did to get where you are, and use that as a reminder of your capabilities.

Let go of mistakes.  You’re bound to fail at some things.  Learn what you can and move on instead of beating yourself up over and over.

In the autumn of 1994, animated film studio Pixar was in trouble.  According to “Likeonomics” by Rohit Bhargava, Pixar was deep in the red, due in part because its upcoming movie “Toy Story” was way over budget.  Microsoft had expressed interest in buying the company to gain access to some of its 3D graphic design software.  The deal fell through, and Pixar’s prospects were shaky in advance of the movies release.

That didn’t deter the team, though.  As they were putting the finishing touches on “Toy Story,” the filmmakers met for lunch to discuss possible new projects.

The three ideas they came up with?  “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters Inc.,” and “WALL-E,” all of which became blockbuster hits.  Despite their financial uncertainty, the “creative types” retained their optimism about the future.

Do you suppose they ordered their food “sunny-side up”?

Mackay’s Moral:  It’s just as easy to look for the good things in life as the bad.




Amasssing .- 7 Ways to Better Networking

Amasssing .- 7 Ways to Better Networking

Be the kind of person you want to add to your own business and social circles.

1.- Be a good listener. 

At the top of the list is being a good listener. Our success in networking depends on how well we can listen and learn. The faster you and your networking partner learn what you need to know about each other, the faster you’ll establish a valuable relationship.

A good networker has two ears and one mouth — and should use them proportionately. When you’re engaged in conversation, listen to the other person’s needs and concerns so you can find opportunities to help him or her. In many ways, networking is about connecting the dots. Listening will enable you to help people make the connections they seek.

2.- Develop a positive attitude.

Your attitude, or how you take things in general, is the first thing people see from you. A consistently negative attitude makes people dislike you and drives away referrals. By contrast, a positive attitude makes people want to cooperate and associate with you. This is why positive business professionals are like magnets. Others want to be around them and will send their friends and family to them, too.

3.- Collaborate to serve others.

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Helping people puts that care into action so others can see it at work. One survey respondent said “people want to network with individuals who have a collaborative attitude.” You can help others in a variety of ways, from e-mailing a relevant article to putting them in touch with someone who has the knowledge or access to assist them with a specific challenge.

Several respondents commented they didn’t want to network with people who are “in it for themselves.” A willingness to collaborate is essential to building trust and establishing strong relationships.

4.- Be sincere and authentic.

You can offer the help, the thanks and the listening ear, but if you aren’t sincerely interested in another person, she or he will know it! People who’ve developed successful networking skills convey sincerity at every turn. One respondent said “it’s all about the authenticity” that someone shows you. We’ve all seen people who are seemingly good at networking but lack sincerity. Faking it isn’t sustainable.

5.- Follow up.

If you offer opportunities to someone who consistently fails to follow up, you’ll soon stop wasting your time with this person. It doesn’t matter if your call to action is a simple piece of information, a special contact or a qualified business referral. One respondent said that when it comes to networking, “the fortune lies in the follow up” and many people just “don’t follow up anymore.”

6.- Prove your trustworthiness.

One respondent said it best: “It doesn’t matter how successful the person is, if I don’t trust them, I don’t work with them.” When you give a personal reference, you’re putting your reputation on the line. You must be able to trust your referral partner and be trusted in return. Neither you nor anyone else will refer a contact to someone who can’t be trusted to handle it well.

7.- Be approachable.

One respondent said people “will forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Effective networking starts with approachability — and while this characteristic appears last on the list, everything flows from this manner of thought and action.

Each of the characteristics in this article ties into the notion of “farming,” not “hunting.” It’s about building mutually beneficial business relationships.

Know what you are good at and work to enhance those skills. Know what you’re not good at and surround yourself with people who can help you improve those skills.

Working to better your skills and learning how to use them effectively is what really counts.




Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI


Amasssing .- 8 Ways to Create Momentum in Your Life

Amasssing .- 8 Ways to Create Momentum in Your Life

1. Set powerful goals.

The most important benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving your goal; it’s what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your goal that’s the real benefit.

Goal setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life. Goals are great because they cause us to stretch and grow in ways that we never have before. In order to reach our goals, we must become better.

2. Get (and stay) motivated.

Make a decision to go all the way to the top. Up to now, you’ve thought about it. Up to now, it’s passed your mind. But now make up your mind to go all the way to the top, and your life will take off. It’s the most extraordinary thing.

Your life is like a shadow going up the dark side of a hill—until the moment you decide that I’m going to be the best at what I do. And suddenly you rise into the sunshine, and your life is forever after different—wonderful.

Get serious. Don’t fool around anymore.

3. Get inspired.

We all know inspiration when we feel it. Vladimir Nabokov described it as first, “a prefatory glow,” followed by a “feeling of tickly well-being.” After a few days, a lightning bolt hits you.

The idea grips you and furious napkin writing ensues. You forget to eat. You build a prototype. This kernel starts a nuclear chain reaction that fuels a lifelong undertaking.

OK, OK, it’s not always that profound. Sometimes inspiration takes you only as far as, I think I’ll have another coffee.


Like its cousin, motivation, inspiration seldom bowls you over. In its more common form, it’s a gentle hand on your shoulder, but it always moves you forward.

4. Learn good habits.

If we don’t learn good habits, life becomes more difficult. We have a choice: Get hard on ourselves so life becomes easier, or get easy on ourselves resulting in life getting harder.

Successful people choose good habits over a stagnant life. At first it might not seem like you are accomplishing much, but don’t be fooled. “Small hinges open big doors.”

Not all good habits are created equal. Some are more powerful than others. See the ones that will strengthen your confidence, help you get what you want and result in a satisfying journey.

5. Commit to improving yourself.

You’re never too busy for 10 minutes, which is all it takes to improve yourself just a little each day. You can de-stress using meditation, yoga or reading. Track your unhealthy spending habits. Learn a new language. The possibilities are endless. Stop prioritizing the busy parts of your life and make time for the important things, such as the constant development of your mental, physical and emotional well-being.

We compiled a list of 43 easy ways you can improve yourself in 10 minutes or less. Ready, set, go!

6. Summon the strength.

Have you ever held back from making a change or taking a chance, afraid of what might happen if you did? Have you ever stayed silent when there was something you really wanted to say, scared of ruffling feathers or being rejected? Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I just had the guts?

If you have, you’re not alone.

As human beings, we’re wired for caution. We steer away from situations that expose us to the possibility of failing, losing face or feeling foolish. Our desire for safety and certainty pulls hard against our desire for growth and adventure.

If only I had the courage, we often say to ourselves, as though courage is something only a lucky few are endowed with. But that’s not true. Within you lies all of the courage you will ever need—to make that change or take that chance—in your work, relationships and life.

You just haven’t learned how to access it. Yet.

7. Act brave.

If you’re afraid, count down, 5- 4- 3- 2- 1, then act brave. At the heart of everyday courage is a choice. Five seconds at a time you make a decision to do, say or pursue what’s truly important to you. That’s why there’s such a tight bond between courage and confidence. Every time you face doubt and 5- 4- 3- 2- 1 right past it, you prove to yourself that you are capable. Every time that you beat fear and 5- 4- 3- 2- 1 to do it anyway, you display inner strength. Every time you 5- 4- 3- 2- 1 and smash your excuses, you honor the greatness inside of you that wants to be heard.

8. Start over if you need to.

A full-fledged restart is scary. But it’s those full-stop second chances in life end up being monumental breakthroughs in people’s lives.

When that fear strikes you, don’t expect it to go away. Dramatic restarts will always cause doubt, worry, uncertainty and fear. Anticipate that reality, and then honor the struggle. Expect there to be hardship, and decide that you will meet it as an opportunity to grow and show the world what you’ve got. Honor those big steps outside of your comfort zone because they will make you better.




May 9, 2017
Amasssing .- 94-year-old entrepreneur shares her best advice for young people

Amasssing .- 94-year-old entrepreneur shares her best advice for young people

When Maddalena Satragni married Stefano Riboli in 1946, she became involved in the Riboli family winemaking business. A decade later, the husband-wife duo assumed ownership of the San Antonio Winery, which is now LA’s longest-running winery.

Much of the company’s success can be credited to Satragni’s passion and vision — so much so that The Riboli family launched the Maddalena wine brand in her honor, and today, she remains the matriarch of the century-old family business.

Maddalena Satragni, founder of Maddalena Wines

Maddalena Satragni, founder of Maddalena Wines Courtesy of Maddalena Wines


The secret to lasting success, says the 94-year-old entrepreneur, is to not get complacent: “Keep on driving yourself to always do more. Don’t be afraid. Always keep expanding and have new ideas.”

Even if people call your ideas crazy, “just go ahead and do what you want to do,” she tells CNBC. “I would always tell [Stefano], ‘Let’s do it.’ I wasn’t thinking of what would happen. I never thought of bad things. I would just think good things would happen.”

It’s a similar mindset to that of Nike co-founder Phil Knight. “The world is made up of crazy ideas. History is one long processional of crazy ideas,” he writes in his memoir, “Shoe Dog.”

“Let everyone else call your idea crazy … just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where ‘there’ is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.”


I first became aware of the Three Young Men from Charters Towers, whilst doing research 
(2002-2015) on Samuel William HARRY whose life was detailed in 2015. You may read Samuel’s story here. Hugh Quinn the second (who had Quinns Post named after him) had his story told here…these two men were mates in Charters Towers, Queensland. They had many common interests too. But, there was also a third young man, whose name was John Francis Walsh.

One of the main reasons for doing John’s story last, was that I truly believed that it would be difficult to tell his story. But, I was so, so wrong.

John Francis Walsh amazing leadership


John Francis Walsh was the third son of John Walsh and Ellen Buckley born 1 February 1890 in Charters Towers. He had three brothers, Edward Peter, Robert Joseph, William John and an elder sister Mary Catherine Walsh. John was educated at the Boys’ Central State School, Charters Towers and went on to the Townsville Grammar School, Townsville. 

Boys Central State School Charters Towers Qld amazing leadership

Boys’ Central State School, Charters Towers

He became a Forwarding & Customs Agent (A person that organises shipments for individuals or corportations to get goods from the customer to a market or final point of distribution, used widely in the area of shipping consignments). As such he travelled between Cairns and Townsville in this position. He had a great life and was involved in the St. Monica’s Amateur Dramatic Society along with his fiance Angela Theresa Hogan (known as Tess Hogan) they had become engaged on Saturday the 13th December 1913.  

Engagement Sat 13 Dec 1913 amazing leadership

Engagement Notice “Town & Country” Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) 13 December 1913: 6. Web. 25 Apr 2017


Tess was a music teacher, who worked for one of the local schools. She was also a fine singer, appearing in musical productions for many years.

Tessie Hogan - musical announcement 1913 amazing leadership

MUSICAL ANNOUNCEMENT. (1913, January 21).
Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), p. 4.
Retrieved April 25, 2017


Edmonton Concert. (1919, July 24).
Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), p. 4.
Retrieved April 25, 2017

Tess was a well loved part of the Walsh family in Charter’s Towers as evidenced in the social news of the time:

The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld. : 1874 – 1954), 5 December, p. 7. ,
viewed 25 Apr 2017


John’s first commission was dated 22nd February 1909, as 2nd. Lieutenant, and as Lieutenant on, the 8th May, 1911. He became Captain on 22nd. April 1912, at the creditably early age of twenty-two, he embarked for duty on the 8th August 1914 in Cairns, traveling to Thursday Island (War Station) Garrison Duty. He enlisted for duty ‘outside Australia’ on the 14th August 1914 in the Kennedy Regiment, and when the regiment was mobilised and sent to Thursday Island, he accompanied them aboard the Kanowna on the 16th August 1914, to take part in the capture of German New Guinea. He did not take part in this ‘capture’ due to a mutiny of the crew occuring, (but that’s another story).

The unit was disbanded on the 18th September 1914, when volunteers were called for service in the Pacific, he was amongst the first of them, as had been Hugh Quinn and Samuel William Harry, and on the return of  the Kanowna to Townsville, he, also with the others of North Queensland’s best, offered their services abroad and they were eagerly accepted. 

From the Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), Thursday 6 May 1915, page 4


Killed in Action.

A painful sensation was caused in Cairns on Wednesday when it was known that the late Area Ofiicer of this district had been killed in action at the Dardanelles. The keenest regret was everywhere expressed, and many tributes to the deceased officers worth were heard on all sides. Speaking on the subject, Lieutenant N. P. Draper said, “Walsh was undoubtedly the smartest’ officer in the Kennedy Regiment. He was always enthusiastic, and a power of strength to any of the officers who had the pleasure of serving with him. On the late expedition to New Guinea he proved his theoretical knowledge in actual practice. His ever cheerful nature and constant anxiety. for the comfort of his men gained him the respect of all ranks.”

John Francis Walsh was just over twenty-five years of age, having been born on the 1st. February, 1890. His first commission was dated 22nd February 1909, as 2nd. Lieutenant, and as Lieutenant on, the 8th May, 1911. He became Captain on 22nd. April 1912, at the creditably early age of twenty-two. He sailed for Egypt among, the Second Contingent, with the rank of Lieutenant, under which he is referred to in the official cas-ualty list. His inclustion in this Fifth Division at the Dardenalles proves that that Division is not exclusively composed of First Contingent men.
In private life the late Captain Walsh enjoyed the esteem of all who knew. him. He won his way by merit, not by bluster. In addition to his military duties he was an active participant in the social amenities of. Cairns, and his Work in connection with St. Monica’s Amateur Dramatic Society will long be remembered. He was a member of a well-known Charters Towers family, and was engaged to a highly-respected Cairns young lady. To all the bereaved, relatives the most earnest sympathy is extended.

This, so far as is known, is the first Cairns casualty in actual warfare. We must face the fact that it will not be.the last.

A Requiem Mass will be held at St.. Monica’s on Saturday morning.

An excellent likeness of the late Captaln Walsh will be published in next week’s “Northern Herald.”

Studio portrait of Captain John Francis Walsh

Studio portrait of Captain John Francis Walsh

15th Battalion from Charters Towers, Queensland. Recruited in May 1907 into the 2nd Infantry, he was promoted to Sergeant in June 1908 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in February 1909. Later promotions saw him a Lieutenant on 8 May 1911 and a Captain on 22 April 1912. He embarked for Garrison Duty on Thursday Island on 8 August 1914, was transferred to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) as a Captain on 14 August 1914 and embarked for New Guinea two days later. He joined the AIF as a 24 year old on 28 September 1914 and embarked for overseas with A Company, 15th Battalion from Melbourne on 22 December 1914 aboard HMAT Ceramic. After being promoted to Major on 1 February 1915, he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 28 April 1915 and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey with others who have no known grave.

Source: (Accessed 25 April 2017)

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The effects of Major John Francis were despatched via the Kanowna on the 20th October 2015.  The very ship that had transported him to Gallipoli was now taking his belongings back to Australia.  The contents are listed here:

As if losing her son wasn’t bad enough…the army then requested this information, even after Ellen Walsh was named ‘next of kin’ on all his paperwork.  Ellen than had to contest the bureaucracy of the army…

They wanted to give the medals to his deceased father…John Walsh. They wanted a ‘nearer blood relations’.  The sadest part of this story is that by the time the medals were ‘awarded’ Ellen Walsh had died.


Major John Francis

A Company, 15th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force

Born 1st February,1890 at Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia

[Birth certificate: 90/006950 Qld]

Educated: Boys’ Central State School, Charters Towers; Townsville Grammar School, Townsvile, Queensland

Single; Forwarding agent and [Military] Area Officer, of Cairns and Townsville, Queensland

Next of Kin listed as: Father; John Walsh. Mother; Ellen Walsh (nee Buckley), of Corner of Jane & Stubley Streets, Charters Towers Qld.

Photos of Major Walsh are known to exist in the following locations: 

Townsville Grammar School Magazine Mar 1916 p179. Group photo Chataway facing p18 & facing p27. Brisbane Daily Mail 6 May 1915 p4. Sydney Mail 19 May 1915 p8

Source: (Accessed 25 April 2017)


Fiona Telleson, CONTRIBUTOR


How much time do you spend playing?

How much time do you spend playing?

Really playing, not just going through the motions.  Not in a passive mode, such as watching television or going to the movies, but active, participatory play.  Probably not as much as you should.

Do you feel guilty when you do manage to find some time for play?  Unless you are rather unusual I suspect you do have some guilt feelings, even if they are hidden below the surface.  There are so many things you know you should be doing, so why are you wasting time playing instead of getting them done?  Is that a familiar question?  Even if you don’t ask that question of yourself, probably someone close to you does – your partner, a parent, etc.
Most children play a lot, of course.  Why do they play?  You could answer “because they enjoy playing”, which is true.  But why do they enjoy playing?  Because evolution has set them up to enjoy it.  Play has an important purpose.  It is a key element in their learning curve.  Learning:
  • not only about things in the outside world, not only about relationships and ways to nurture them, both of which are very important, but also about their own capabilities and how to stretch and grow those capabilities.  
  • how to improve their problem-solving abilities.
  • to expand their imagination and creativity.
Think about this for a moment.  Why should you decide there is nothing more for you to learn?  Why decide that you are so perfect at creating and nurturing relationships that you don’t need to learn how to do so even more powerfully and effectively?  Can you really say that you have fully explored all your own latent skills and abilities and have developed them to the point where there is nothing you can do to improve them?  Are you as creative and imaginative as you could ever be?  Unless you can really say all this, you still have the need to play!
Even if you ignore all those practical benefits of play, it has other important functions too – one of which is to give us laughter and happiness.  Do you laugh as much as you could and should?  Are you as happy as you could be?  Assuming you laugh a lot and are happy most of the time, is there a good reason you should not laugh even more and be even happier?  I cannot think of one good reason not to laugh and be happy, but know of plenty of reasons to laugh more and be happier.  One reason is that being happy and laughing is a state I enjoy far more than any alternative state.  If I have a choice between an enjoyable state and on that is less enjoyable, why would I choose the less enjoyable one?  Another reason is that people who laugh and are happy have far less stress in their lives.  As a result, they typically live longer.  A double benefit – you can have a longer life, less stress, and be happier in all that additional time the happiness and laughter has bought you.
Now that (if I have done my job properly) you recognize the value of play, you can use this to squash that little voice inside that tries to tell you that you are wasting time, being silly, reverting to childhood, or anything else it can say to make you feel guilty and stop playing or stop enjoying the play.
Decide now that you are going to spend more time playing.  Where will you find the time to do this?  Take a look at all the things you do each day that are not essential but also are not play.  I am sure you will find plenty.  Simply use some of that time to play instead, and start creating a more fulfilled, happier life more filled with laughter and enjoyment.
Graham Dragon, CONTRIBUTOR
5 Ways to Create and Maintain an Abundance Mindset

5 Ways to Create and Maintain an Abundance Mindset


5 Ways to Create and Maintain an Abundance Mindset

Entrepreneurship requires a lot of resources, and it isn’t always about the money. Some feel strapped for time, while others feel they don’t have the connections necessary to start a business. But in a time of constant need, a positive mindset can put you at ease. Put these five methods to the test, and see if you can build – and maintain – an abundance mindset. You’ll feel like you have all the world’s resources at your fingertips.

1. Focus on what you do have.

“Count your blessings, not your problems.” –Unknown

This one’s all about switching up your train of thought. Instead of focusing on what you lack, focus on what you do have. You’ll feel more abundant, and you’ll appreciate the good – and even the bad — just a little bit more.

Sure, you may not be able to afford a membership at that hip new co-working space, but at least you’re lucky enough to have a home office. Maybe your days aren’t as long as you’d like, but you do have time to play with your kids, and cook a healthy dinner. By paying extra attention to the things you have and love, you’ll train your brain to jump to available resources – instead of unattainable ones — when a new idea comes to mind.

2. Give yourself a confidence boost.

“We gain a sense of self-efficacy when we see ourselves mastering skills and achieving goals . . . . This is the confidence that, if we learn and work hard in a particular area, we’ll succeed; and it’s this type of confidence that leads people to accept difficult challenges, and persist in the face of setbacks.” –MindTools

You may look around and think the people next to you are more abundant than most. Odds are, that’s not the case. They just have the confidence to tackle tricky tasks.

Those with increased self-esteem are more willing to seek solutions to common problems because they’re confident it they’ll turn out a positive result.

By finding ways to boost your own confidence, you’ll begin to do the same. Start celebrating the small wins at work and at home. Revamp your LinkedIn profile. It’ll require you to take a look at your qualifications and skills. Begin speaking up at meetings so others can hear your thoughts and ideas. The best complement to an abundance mindset is newfound confidence.

3. Think positive.

“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.” –Harvey Mackay

Positive people are capable of finding the good in every situation. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the bad, but by identifying silver linings when they appear, you’ll gradually cultivate a positive and abundant mindset. Imagine what you could accomplish with that kind of attitude.

Those with abundant mindsets also spread positivity for others. Instead of carrying a win-or-lose attitude into every situation, they create win-win scenarios that benefit everyone involved. They don’t compete – they collaborate. This makes it that much easier to maintain a positive mentality and help others build their own feelings of abundance.

4. Get organized.

“Organization isn’t about perfection. It’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” –Christina Scalise

Maybe you do have the resources you need, but you just can’t find them. A little organization may help you uncover extra assets that are hiding just under the surface.

Worried that you don’t have enough money to start an online business or hire a part-time assistant? Re-budget your normal income and expenses to see if any extra cash is slipping through the cracks.

Feeling like your days are a little too short? Pull out a planner or calendar, write out your responsibilities, and find gaps in which to do the things you enjoy.

Thinking you lack the connections to make something happen? Scroll through your contacts list, and think about the people they may know. Who knows – you may stumble upon something you weren’t even looking for.

5. Surround yourself with similar people.

“Invest your most valuable possession—your time—around the right people.” –Andrew Horton

When all else fails, surround yourself with people, who already carry abundance mindsets. Their positivity, can-do attitudes, creativity and organizational skills will rub off on you, making that feeling of abundance almost contagious. Spending time with other abundant minds will also help you maintain the right attitude when times get tough.

You don’t have to have all the resources under the sun to feel abundant. Instead, building and maintaining the right mindset will help you achieve what was previously impossible.

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Coming Home Ending the search. Living a deeper life

Coming Home Ending the search. Living a deeper life

Coming Home
Ending the search. Living a deeper life.

Sandra Bravo

If you’re reading this, you already know something: life is hard.

It’s full of beauty and wonderful things – but it’s also full of heartbreak.

Life feeds us but it can also break us.

So, how do we deal with it?

In truth, I don’t completely know. But I can share what I’ve discovered in the hopes it will be useful.

It’s not an answer but a paradox I want to invite you to sit with me as you read this (we’ll come back to it later): You have to do this by yourself but you don’t do it alone.

If you’re reading this, then my guess is that you have been broken down a little or a lot by life (maybe slowly over years or maybe all at once) to a point where you know you need to dig deeper. But there’s a good chance you feel lost as to how to go about that.

And I’d like to talk about a different path to spiritual growth you may not have tried (or even considered). And to invite you to come to a retreat that’s coming up soon.

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A lot of women I speak with secretly wish they could let go of the pressures of living in the rat race and come home to a deeper peace… the kind that many of the great spiritual teachers of the ages have spoken of. They want to feel more alive, happy, inspired and fully engaged with others. They would feel a sense of harmony with life and be a lot freer to totally be themselves.

But right now, they walk, talk, sit, drive, work, buy, eat, sleep and dream in an endless daily cycle.

At the end of the week, they may stare into the TV wondering “is there more than this perpetual treadmill?” and ask “What am I obviously missing here?” There’s restlessness like something is shifting or fragmenting. They don’t know what it is or what needs to change or even if it’s a good thing. Something deep inside is calling their true self to come out and play but they feel trapped in the way they are socially supposed to be.

Some of them tell me that they’ve come to the conclusion that they don’t know the one that’s been living their life. They just have no idea. Sometimes the emptiness is downright painful. Most of them hide it well (some very well and you’d never guess) but it’s deep…slowly eating their soul.

They’ve tried the latest self-help books and videos about affirmations, positive thinking and “the secrets” but they didn’t do the trick. They actually made them more confused. The hype hurts. Some have explored the “isms” and different philosophies, crystals, chakras, gone to healers, etc. Some have tried a religious path for awhile. For most, it’s helped them become calmer and more relaxed… but the big promised “aha” just hasn’t happened (they’ve been told it takes a long time).

And, for many of them, the whole guru/student thing gives them a rash so they’ve tried being an independent non-follower for awhile. But they’ve gotten lost and the truth is that the solitary approach feels incredibly lonely.

It’s not just that they’re alone. It’s that it feels lonely. It’s vital to remember that we’re talking to human beings. Their problems are not mechanical. They are deeply felt.
I’m guessing that, in some way, you can relate to this.

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And if you can, this is what I want to say to you: What you really need to do is give up.

That’s right…give up trying to find the answers on the outside. These are just ideas, thoughts and concepts. They are in the head. They are like a menu. They are not the food. You need to take a 180 degree turn away from books and find a proven technique that will help you experience the truth for yourself. And let go of the idea that awakening takes a lifetime. That might just be another belief to become trapped in.

I know what it’s like…

Coming Home to the Amasssing Ladies Retreat in Gold Coast 

What is Coming Home?

Coming Home is a simple but beautiful process that weaves together community and inner contemplation to bring you back to an experience of wholeness, completeness, peace and lightness. It’s like coming home after you have been lost for many years… only you come home to yourself.


But here’s my best take at explaining it: This phenomenon of ‘coming home’ in the west has been called, by Abraham Maslow, “Unitive consciousness” or “Self-transcendence”. In eastern traditions it is labelled as awakening, enlightenment, illumination, self-realization, cosmic consciousness or satori. Just as technology has advanced in modern times, so too have spiritual and transformation techniques. When safe communication structure is added to the eastern method of contemplation, the results are remarkable. That moment of ‘coming home’ usually occurs to 30-90% of participants. Many of them are caught off guard and amazed at no longer having to spend months, years or even a lifetime to have that moment of ‘awakening’.

Is this just another “You’ll be happy for the rest of your life” thing?

To be realistic, awakening does not mean that you will no longer have any problems or you will be in a state of bliss or happiness for the rest of your life. What it does mean is that you will be living the rest of your life more from the inner strength of your real self and less from the insecurity of a social personality. You will be more able face and transform the obstacles of your life into valuable growth experiences and achieve the kind of success in life defined by who you really are, not others.

For me it’s this: Coming home to my true self (the real experience of it in my body not the theory of it) is the most precious gift I have ever given to myself. And because we all want to relate to others who are real, you are the best gift you can give to the world. 

After our Amasssing Ladies Retreat participants commonly report feeling:

  • More authentic
  • Peace, contentment and lightness permeating their body
  • Totally embodied as if they have finally come home to themselves
  • Loving-kindness towards themselves and others
  • Greater self-acceptance
  • Psychologically whole
  • More inner strength and inner resolve
  • Freer to express themselves around others
  • Improved intuitive ability
  • Enhanced and balanced energy levels

Since joining Amasssing 12 months ago, I’ve retired from engineering, started my own copywriting and marketing strategy business, moved to Melbourne to run our manufacturing business, written my first solo-authored book and gained the confidence to speak on stage to over 120 business owners. – Irene Scott – Melbourne    

Why can’t I just do this on my own?

This question can be answered with another question. If you were able to do this alone how come you are still searching?

And we’re back to the paradox: You have to do this by yourself but you don’t do it alone.

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There is a great power in coming together as a group. The energy of the group is more than the sum of everyone’s individual energy. That energy propels you to make much greater progress than doing this on your own within the ongoing distractions in life.

Who the retreat is for?

  • You are looking back on your life and wondering what it is all about?
  • You are feeling empty and you are asking “who am I really?”
  • There’s a sense of meaningless about life.
  • You’ve been on a spiritual path for a long time and never had the big“AHA”
  • You are a seeker and not interested in following a religion or taking on more beliefs
  • You are able to take 4 days away from your job and family
  • You resonate with what you’ve read here so far and feel open to exploring the process for yourself.
  • You resonate with the idea that, deep down, we know (or are) the truth. We just often need support in finding it.

Are there any pre-requisites to take the retreat?

If you have not done any of our retreats before I ask that you attend this orientation call with me. Together we will explore where you are at in your life and what you want from the retreat to find out if we are a good fit.

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I’ll explain the schedule, the guidelines and the self-inquiry technique used. I’ll go over any concerns you have about diet, accommodation and health challenges you may have and then you can decide if the retreat is a fit for you. There are no subtle sales techniques. I only want Women on the Amasssing Retreat who are right for it. It makes for a better retreat for everyone.

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Remember to be amasssing,

Sandra Bravo

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