Dogs and Cats – Kids and Parents

This little analogy came down the internet and seems to have some relevance to me at this point in my journey. Maybe it is not correct but it is uplifting.

I just realised that while children are dogs – loyal and affectionate – teenagers are cats. It’s so
easy to be a dog owner. You feed it, train it, boss it around. It puts its head on your knee and gazes
at you as if you were a Rembrandt painting. It bounds indoors with enthusiasm when you call it.

Then around age 13, your adoring little puppy turns into a big old cat. When you tell it to come
inside, it looks amazed, as if wondering who died and made you emperor. Instead of dogging your
doorsteps, it disappears. You won’t see it again until it gets hungry – then it pauses on its sprint
through the kitchen long enough to turn its nose up at whatever you’re serving. When you reach
out to ruffle its head, in that old affectionate gesture, it twists away from you, then gives you a blank
stare, as if trying to remember where it has seen you before.

You, not realising that the dog is now a cat, think something must be desperately wrong with it. It
seems so antisocial, so distant, sort of depressed. It won’t go on family outings.
Since you’re the one who raised it, taught it to fetch and stay and sit on command, you assume
that you did something wrong. Flooded with guilt and fear, you redouble your efforts to make your
pet behave.

Only now you’re dealing with a cat, so everything that worked before now produces the opposite
of the desired result. Call it, and it runs away. Tell it to sit, and it jumps on the counter. The more you go toward it, wringing your hands, the more it moves away.

Instead of continuing to act like a dog owner, you can learn to behave like a cat owner. Put a
dish of food near the door, and let it come to you. But remember that a cat needs your help and your
affection too. Sit still, and it will come, seeking that warm, comforting lap it has not entirely forgotten.

Be there to open the door for it.

One day your grown-up child will walk into the kitchen, give you a big kiss and say “You’ve been
on your feet all day. Let me get those dishes for you.”

Author Unknown, Source Unknown (Afterhours Inspirational Stories)


eHealth Review Australia 2013

Worked through a range of submissions that have allegedly been sent to the 2013 eHealth review. I was heartened by the level of thoughtful commentary.

Australia is definitely on the right track. The submissions indicate a healthy debate and detail a working infrastructure, a challenged yet interested community, many and varied yet clear wishes and needs with a plea for a carefully constructed road map to arise for following into the future. Big demands on a three man review but the successes in November 2013 in some jurisdictions make any suggestions that we go backwards rather than forwards a sad outcome.

We have truly achieved a lot and while no one will deny that with the benefit of hindsight we might have done bits better and cheaper but ….

… pick up a stone, throw it forward, walk toward the stone, pick it up, throw it forward and repeat!


June 17 2014 – Today’s Guilty Pleasures


No time for any guilty pleasures this week … but wait … yes!
Yep still have this somewhere!

Thirty years ago, an annoying little computer game that dropped geometrically challenged blocks of various shapes, associated with some infinitely boring 8 bit music gave us the finger tripping TETRIS! Thank you Alexey Pajitnov and the now defunct USSR. Hundred’s of millions of copies later it is still being played in dozens of variations and on every console and mobile platform around. It remains as frustrating as ever.

Go on only play it only once! I dare you.

Play it here if you are game (not malware checked so beware) – remember it came from Russia.


June 12 2014 – Today’s Guilty Pleasures

Driving my daughter to school today and listening to Crosby Still and Nash – “Teach Your Children”. A wonderfully evocative piece of nostalgia for me. I listened to it as a child and many years later as an adult and now as a parent. Truly a guilty pleasure today.


Here are the lyrics:

“Teach Your Children”

You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of the tender years can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix,the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

Have great day – what was your guilty pleasure today?


Deliberations on a Life's Journey.