Kia ora e te whānau. Grandad Ray passed away yesterday morning, 94 years strong. He’s laying in rest at 46 Dunstan St, Otaki for the weekend – nau mai haere mai. We’ll have a service celebrating the life of ta tātou rangatira at Rangiatea Monday morning at 11.

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Life is short, and having it is a privilege. That doesn’t mean live it quickly, it means appreciate whatever moments, friends or family you’re lucky enough to hold today. Sometimes that means being kinder to yourself than others have been. Sometimes it means being kinder to others than they have been to you. Being kind, or charitable literally makes you feel better. It’s an easy way to love life more. If you’ve put off reaching out to someone, lost touch, or don’t see eye to eye, and you think it’s too late to make amends, the good news is there’s only one single moment when that’s true, and that’s your last one. Love your life a bit more. Tomorrow it might be too late. Kia ora.

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Beautiful day to move some Women’s Refuge gifts to the DHL office. Kia ora DHL for helping us get these beautifully wrapped bundles of aroha to the kids who need them most. Years ago when I was planning the model, I emailed DHL and another company at around 10.30pm. I didn’t really expect a response. The project was tiny back then, it was only the couple hundred people and the kids they’d gifted to who had heard about it. But Dean from DHL replied at 7am the next morning saying they would love to help. BNZ have been the same with branch managers putting their hands up to be drop off points across the city when we needed them, and helping out from day one. I’ve changed the delivery model and direction since then as we all paddle this waka closer to a truly community powered project and one that doesn’t rely on me at the front. That’s why we drop off at the schools now instead. There’s two cool things about DHL and BNZ’s help: Tahi) Good rangatira/leaders being smart in leveraging the resources on hand to make a difference and play their part, Rua) Companies being smart in empowering those leaders to make good decisions. Kia ora to the smart companies using their people and resources to deliver social good, not just shareholder returns.

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I hope the time you’re spending right now is going toward something good. Something you’ll be happy with when you don’t have any left, it’s the only guaranteed moment you get, spend it wisely.

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Found myself getting distracted during whānau time by some Shoebox Christmas emails I knew I hadn’t replied to. I had to remind myself that’s usually a self-set expectation. Even though lots of things today are instant, most people still don’t expect an immediate reply to email. Then I had to remind myself I’m probably still outside their actual expectations! So I updated the auto-response on my Shoebox Christmas emails to include this: If you still need a response from me, it might take me a week, maybe longer. Sorry if that’s longer than expected, but in general, my priorities go something like this: 1) My mental health activities 2) Danielle, Huhana, Kāhu, my other immediate family and friends 3) Wider whānau 4) My paid 9-5 job 5) Shoebox Christmas (there are thousands of volunteers and children taking part this year, your email might not be the top of this list) That’s the only way they all get the aroha and mahi (love and work) they need. … Remember others’ priorities are not necessarily the same as yours. Aside from opening up the laptop/phone outside their allocated hours, what do you do to keep keep your priorities and balance? #hauorahinengaro #mentalhealth #balance

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“No person hands out their money to passersby, but to how many do each of us hand out our lives! We’re tightfisted with property and money, yet think too little of wasting time, the one thing about which we should all be the toughest misers.” – Seneca Kia ora @RyanHoliday

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Me trying to have a profound kōrero with H: “Sometimes it can be hard for kids to think about the future.” Her: “I’m thinking about the future right now and I’m a teenager.” Me: “Cool! What are you doing?” Her: “I’ve got half brown and half black hair, and I’m a ninja.”

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“The thinner your skin is, the thicker your skull becomes. A fragile ego leads you to deflect and attack: you’re always in motion, but never changing. Feeling secure leads you to listen and learn: you can take one step back and move two steps forward.” – Adam Grant

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