Suc’stress’ful

Successful Complacency
March 2, 2016
Wifey Watch.
July 8, 2016
Successful Complacency
March 2, 2016
Wifey Watch.
July 8, 2016
If Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose and Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances then surely the definition of Suc’stress’ful (my most recent word creation) would be a state of mental or emotional strain resulting in the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

As you may have gathered from that somewhat interesting start this entry could end up going absolutely anywhere so strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.

The reason for spending a not insignificant amount of time coming up with and then defining the word sucstressful is based on observations over the past six or seven months from my own, Wifey’s and indeed Mulga Springs experiences. While I am in no way apologising for it I do want to give fair warning that if at the times you think this post seems self indulgent, self absorbing or possibly even self percussion instrument blowing I really don’t give a toss so feel free to stop reading now if any or all of those things are likely to bother you.

The whole premise of my argument is that while the old saying that “success breeds success” certainly has it’s place in modern society I think the idea that “success breeds sucstress” would be more apt for what a lot of people face.

I can honestly say that I am coming off the most successful 12 months of my life (self absorption alert) and while to some degree I expect this success to continue (self indulgence warning) it is unlikely I will ever be as good in all areas of my life as I have been this past year (wanton self promoting percussion instrument blowing). My achievements at work led to me receiving two rather prestigious awards with the second one seeing Wifey and I enjoying a luxury trip to Noumea as part of the award, thrown in with that was a promotion to a role I had been coveting for sometime as well (very humbly, if you can believe that) accepting the 2015 Centacare Midwest Volunteer of the Year Award for my volunteer work with the Northampton community.

Now with the exception of Noumea which was incredibly sucstress relieving I look back on everything else and realise I didn’t spend the time I should of enjoying and celebrating what I achieved with the biggest guilt around this being I didn’t acknowledge properly the people who had helped me achieve this success. Thinking about if I am honest even in Noumea a bit of sucstress starting to sneak in as I found myself wondering could I win the award again next year and where might the trip be.

It hasn’t been all champagne and caviar as while on the personal front I am very happily married (no mean feat these days), and have two children who I completely adore we have had some health issues with the children the most serious of which saw ASH put on an RFDS flight to Perth

As a side note I was somewhat surprised with some people’s reaction to ASH being unwell and the assertion that it was only asthma so she couldn’t have been that sick as the fact is that asthma kills. in 2010 there were 389 asthma related deaths in Australia and while the majority of these were in the elderly population 17 of them were children which may not sound that significant except of course if you are the parents of one of those 17 children in which case the significance is unfathomable….

Sucstress in farming manifests itself in different ways. A good harvest leads to more capital equipment purchases, improvements to the property or possibly even an off farm investment all of which lead to creating a sucstressful environment as more than likely the next season or two will have to be equally profitable to pay for everything that came about as a result of the initial success. The same can be said for having a successful ram sale as was the case with Mulga Springs last year, while it was a great achievement the pressure or sucstress will now come about from wanting to do the same again this year.

Now to the two of you out there who have stuck with me this far I implore you to truly celebrate the successes you have in your life in a meaningful way that you will remember, if there is anything that you take away from this post please let it be that piece of advice. If you take the time to look at the last six months I would wager you will find numerous achievements that whether big or small were worth celebrating however due to the confines of sucstress were pushed aside as you went onto the next thing on your ‘list of life’.

View from our room in Noumea
New Caledonian sunset
ASH in Gero regional, staff were amazing but in the end it was off to PMH
Off to PMH
The 2016 seeding gallery

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