"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. "
"One brave person has to stand up, to be exposed to the limelight, go through the trauma of a sex harassment or rape case. But the force of an actual individual case can be very strong indeed, a bargaining tool, a powerful influence for change."
"After the fire it was a silent forest for many months. The first time I walked through the forest and heard the first bird that lifted the soul absolutely. It is like there are two courses running parallel - as the community goes through its recovery; the forest is doing the same in the background. "
"The climacteric marks the end of apologising. The chrysalis of conditioning has once for all to break and the female woman finally to emerge."
"The older woman's love is not love of herself, nor of herself mirrored in a lover's eyes, nor is it corrupted by need. It is a feeling of tenderness so still and deep and warm that it gilds every grass blade and blesses every fly. It includes the ones who have a claim on it, and a great deal else besides. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."
"We have the choice whether we are beaten by change, or whether we use it as a positive force for new experience. We should neve underestimate our capacity to change society. "
"There have to be changes in life. If it were static there would be no growth, nothing. Even though we sometimes feel a bit glum at how the world changes around us we know that's how it's got to be, it can't stay the same. If you don't continue to change ? then you stop still, and if you stop still you're dead, or might as well be. "
"I now have a stronger sense of it being possible to make a start with individual people. Make a change in yourself, so some work on yourself, and it might make a difference in the world. "
"When cancer strikes it changes your life, but it doesn't change who you are. Your essence remains. The paradox is that although you are the same person you are indelibly and irrevocably changed."
"But change never happens with one insight or one decision or one event. I think good habits are the greatest tools for character building and bad habits are the greatest weapons for the dissipation of ourselves."
"But change never happens with one insight or one decision or one event. I think good habits are the greatest tool for character building and bad habits are the greatest weapon for the dissipation of ourselves."
"You need a civil society... Bushfires can achieve the change from society to community. Bushfires can. Floods can. Ghastly crimes and disasters can. Places can change, but it takes blood, sweat and tears. "
"The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow."
"I'm a catalyst for change... You can't be an outsider and be successful over 30 years without leaving a certain amount of scar tissue around the place."
"Beware of cynicism and negativity. They are warning signs that I used to be on top of this stuff, but now this stuff is getting on top of me. "
"Cancer doesn't just ravage our insides, it frequently does a bang-up job of maiming our exteriors. It takes breasts and limbs and flesh as payment for survival, then leaves us to quietly mourn our missing parts, while we try to reassure the world that we are not defective freaks."
"I think through life you change all the time. Sometimes you know you're changing, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you just find that something isn't there any longer that was there. It isn't sad. It's just right."
"Choose your destiny pathways with determination but equally be prepared to change course if you have chosen the wrong way to go."
"Some will retain the status quo and hope that the future remains static - change is challenging and hard work."
"There is a need to map and measure what factors will enable change to live beyond a short term fix and deliver value through sustainable change and share responsibility for achieving outcomes. We need to build the capacity of people in communities to manage their own affairs."