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Armidale Reconcilliation Bridge Walk

Posted in community on May 28, 2012 by rwaters8

Yesterday was a warm autumn day here in Armidale; the kind of day where you want to go somewhere nice, find a bit of sunshine and a few friends to share it with. Yesterday we did just that. My partner Vanessa, our daughter Analeise and I went to the Armidale Arboretum for the third annual bridge walk for reconciliation. The crowd began gathering at about 11:30am for the walk over the bridge which was inspired by the Sydney Harbour Bridge reconciliation walk of May 2000.

I was asked two weeks earlier to speak at the event, so I felt that I would be prepared and made some notes on what I would talk about. I remember leaving my notes on the coffee table so I wouldn’t forget where they were, and sure enough I remembered exactly where they were as I stepped up to the microphone…. They still were on the coffee table at home, so much for being prepared huh?

Both local papers were there providing coverage and taking heaps of photographs, and apparently the speech went down favorably even though I forgot my notes.

The day turned out very well; the weather turned on a brilliant autumn day, we got to go somewhere nice, we found a bit of sunshine and we met a few new friends to share it with…

Many thanks to ANTaR for their commitment to the process of reconciliation and thank you again for the invite. 


Posted in Ramblings on May 22, 2012 by rwaters8
Like a drum beating, my feet hit the road, and I take a slow breath of the cold autumn wind as if trying to find that elusive bit of air that will soothe my soul. It’s late afternoon; the sun has almost finished its journey across the sky and the water of the lake laps just meters away …

People ask me, why do you run?

You see, yesterday’s problems feel as if they no longer exist. The worries of tomorrow seem like a lifetime away; I breathe in and out, I take another step, I breathe in and out again, and that is all…

And still they ask me, why do you run?

There is a silence that is comforting; there is a silence that is deafening; and it is now that all is well and all is quiet, but for the beating of my feet as they hit the road, and as always the slow rhythm of the air as it fills my chest…

Looking out across the water, I see the sun slip behind the dark mountains, and I share this moment with the cool autumn wind; the sunset, and the road…

The Blackest Losers – Weight loss team

Posted in community on May 15, 2012 by rwaters8




Quote for the day

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2012 by rwaters8

Yaama bloggers,

Here is a quote that I came across while looking on the net for ‘enlightenment’. Apparently you cant find enlightenment on the net, but on the bright side I did find this quote;

The Dalai Lama said (when asked what surprises him the most about humanity) “Man…sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

I will leave you with that thought; maybe thats the key? Maybe we should just live for the here and now?

Or maybe I should just get back to work (cough cough) I need the money

Talk Soon Bloggers

Rob Waters


Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2012 by rwaters8

Yaama Bloggers,

The weekend is upon us, I am out of here.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and I will be back here bright and early Monday waiting to update you all of what’s doing around the traps.

Take Care of yourselves, each other and your community

Rob Waters

Where to find a smile

Posted in Ramblings on May 1, 2012 by rwaters8

“Have a great day and remember if you see someone without a smile give them one of yours :)”

 Yaama Bloggers,

I received the above saying at the bottom of an email this morning and you know what? It got me thinking.  I got thinking about the infectious nature of a smile and how they often turn up in the most unexpected places.

I remember a trip away to Sydney with my Son, whom is wise beyond his years, when he showed me that you can find a smile in the funniest of places.  Jayden (or Bear as we call him) and I had flown down to Sydney to watch the West Tigers play South Sydney at the SFS and started the day by heading down to Maroubra beach, where we had milkshakes, gelato and watched the waves before the big game.

The game was great, well kind of great; we had sideline tickets that were close enough to just about talk to the players. But this was the game were new recruit Dylan Farrell scored a hat trick on debut for the Bunnies and broke the hearts of Tigers fans everywhere by scoring his last try on fulltime to win the match…. Bear and I are two such supporters. Though we still left smiling as it was his first live footy match.

After the Big Game

The next morning we got up early for our flight home to Coffs Harbour and arrived at the Airport at around 630AM. We got there just in time to see “FLIGHT CLOSED” flash up on the notice boards. There was nothing they could do and we had to wait all day until the afternoon flight. The smile had left my face and I honestly felt that I had disappointed my Son. After breakfast we went to watch the new A380’s and Jumbo’s fly in and out, had a sleep on the floor of the departure lounge and waited for what seemed like an eternity.  

About lunchtime and for the 14th time, I apologised to Bear about the mix up; and with all the wisdom of a 10yr old he replied to me “Don’t worry about it Dad, I’ve had fun and anyway I reckon we never turned up late for our flight, we just turned up 8hrs early”. With a smile I realised that what mattered most to Bear wasn’t that everything had to be perfect, but that everything was perfect just the way it was.

Today when I received that email it reminded me that we can find smiles in the funniest of places; we can find smiles in the wisdom of our children, we can find them in the love of our family and sometimes, even when you’re not looking, you can find a smile right under your nose.

 Take care of yourselves, each other and your community…

Rob Waters