adventure freedom fridays podcast episode 82 featuring sarah grattan headonic calendaring leadership journey personal growth theodore roosevelt Mar 18, 2024

Hedonic calen - daring

Last year, about this time of year, I walked the Overland Track in Tasmania with some mates.

It was a wonderful, meaningful, fulfilling experience and I wrote 3 blogs about the insights that revealed themselves to me throughout the trip (WW#112; WW#113; and WW#114).

In the spirit of hedonic calen-daring - having something in your diary on an annual basis that you look forward to and creates the potential for lifetime memories - I’m doing something else this year.

I was inspired by the well-known quote about being ‘in the arena’:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt - Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

This is my own version of ‘being in the arena’.

I’m doing something I’ve never done before that’s a little edgy, a little dangerous and I’ve decided it requires a change of appearance 😊

I’ll keep the activity under wraps until I return.

I can guarantee it will provide many insights and stories.

For more on Hedonic Calendaring have a read of The Flow Genome Project.

Freedom Fridays Podcast Episode 82 featuring Sarah Grattan

In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8th, Pete talks to Sarah Grattan (CEO Lifeline Northern Beaches). Sarah has had and continues to have, an extensive leadership career.

Sarah reveals her backstory to getting involved in community leadership and where her ‘bloody-mindedness’ developed and how it’s helped her in previous and current roles.

Revealingly, as CEO of Lifeline Northern Beaches she shares the growth she has experienced in learning how to fully listen. A powerful skill that transcends every role she plays personally and professionally. Tune in to hear how Sarah has build her leadership impact through different challenges.

Lifeline Northern Beaches:

Lifeline Northern Beaches is a local charity that is part of the national Lifeline network. We opened in 1968 and have provided suicide prevention and crisis support services for more than 55 years.

Our local services are in addition to the 13 11 14 telephone line that Lifeline is most well-known for. Our team of telephone crisis supporters in Balgowlah answer more than 55,000 calls each year out of the approximate one million calls that Lifeline receives.

We provide the following low-cost and free face-to-face services to support the wellbeing of our community:

• Low-cost face-to-face Counselling

• Support Groups

• Free Financial Counselling

• Aged Care Volunteer Visitors

• Community and Workplace Training

Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in demand for the face-to-face services, with counselling sessions doubling and the financial counselling service seeing continual case-load growth. With increased demands come increased costs, and Lifeline Northern Beaches relies on the generous support from members of the community.

You can help Lifeline Northern Beaches provide local services and increase our capacity by helping us to raise funds. This can be done by either donating directly to Lifeline Northern Beaches or giving contributions that could be auctioned off or raffled in a fundraiser.

It costs Lifeline $39 to answer a call to 13 11 14 and Lifeline Northern Beaches $98 to provide a one-hour face-to-face session. Your contribution helps us support more people in need.

Thank you for supporting Lifeline Northern Beaches - CLICK HERE TO DONATE


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