A FIRESIDE CHAT

Where are the days, where we used to catch up with people around a good ol' bonfire – rather than the flippant 100-character text messages we send to each other these days?

I love how Author, Philosopher and Spiritual Teacher, Mark Nepo puts it…

Before stories were recorded, what happened to the living was told and retold around fires, on cliffs, and in the shade of enormous trees.

As social beings, we fundamentally feel within us all, this need to connect, to live in companionship with others rather than in isolation.

I fell in love with how Hugh Mackay puts it, that “the state of the nation starts in your own street”. Here’s what Hugh Mackay shared…

“An international survey conducted by Ipsos showed that more than 70% of Australians believe the nation “needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful”; 68% believe “the economy is rigged to the advantage of the rich and powerful”; and 61% believe “traditional parties and politicians don’t care about people like me”.

That decline in respect for contemporary institutions of all kinds might well contribute to our level of anxiety, though I suspect the main response among people who lose faith in an institution is disgust rather than anxiety. They are more likely to switch off, or retreat into cynicism, rather than to worry about it.

I believe Mahatma Gandhi might have had something to say about all this. I suspect he would have wanted to remind us that if we lose our capacity for unconditional compassion, if we lose sight of our true nature as members of a society – and if we focus too much on our own wants, our own entitlements and our own gratifications, with little regard for the needs and well-being of others, there will be an inevitable threat to our mental health.”

Our vision at Brunslea Park is to build a truly responsible community centric development.  The key word here is – responsible. I think that we have a responsibility to shape a better world and this links into one of our values at Brunslea Park also, which is Audacity – audacity to have the courage to shape a better world.  

A shift has to happen, and that means we need to look outward to the needs and well-being of others. We believe that this can occur, once we have a sense of belonging. This underpins all that we do.

So, after sharing some of Mark Nepo’s writing in our team meeting and a day reflecting at the Wetlands looking at our next quarter – the decision was made. A fireside chat would be arranged – to reconnect with our community and share stories together.

Friday, 28th of July
6.30pm
Bring your family and friends, an Esky, a camp chair and a plate/snacks to share. 

We look forward to connecting with you then.

Planting Seeds with Sam blog post,
written by Samantha Brunskill

Willow Jayne