About me in a sentence….I play with fire, question the status quo, battle for the underdog and raise money to help disabled children and prevent childhood drowning! (keep reading to find the explanation for those statements)
About the Mick Morris Musing
We all have to have a passion, whether that is your family, your work, your community, your sport… and we need to have patience, something that is clearly becoming harder to find in modern society. We definitely need persistence… nothing was ever achieved by anyone who quit… if your passionate, patient and ready to persist there is a lot that can be achieved. Finally we all need to have resilience. All of the previous things contribute to that resilience, they give you the lessons, the networks and the experiences you need to bounce back from adversity in all its guises.
………… but you are probably wondering….
Who the hell is this MICK MORRIS character?
Glad you asked …
I have been a professional fire-fighter for 25 years, rising to the rank of Inspector with responsibility for fourteen fire stations, seventeen fire appliances and eighty firefighters, covering three Local Government Areas, making an area of over 1000 square kilometres and a population of over 600,000 people.
Fire-fighting is an occupation that specialises in finding people and circumstances in a state of chaos and taking action to bring things back under control, and then assisting people to take the first steps to returning to normal.
All emergency services people see and do some unpleasant things during a career, and I have spent a significant part of my career as a member of a Critical Incident Support Team, helping other fire-fighters to understand that the reactions they have to those events are normal reactions to abnormal circumstances, and helping them to build effective coping mechanisms to bolster their resilience and to understand when it is necessary to seek professional assistance to prevent things getting out of control.
Personally life has thrown up some significant challenges, the biggest of which was the non-fatal drowning of my son which left him with severe disabilities which he battled for almost eight years before his death, I tell that story in the post How did I get here, and I would urge you to read it, as it sets out the original motivation for this blog, and gives an insight into the charity work I do at the Samuel Morris Foundation
I have post-graduate degrees in Community Services, Emergency Services and Applied Management and several years experience managing non-profit and charitable organisations, and have spent a several years as a consumer advocate/representative on committees for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Penrith City Council.
I am available as a speaker and consultant, having delivered keynote addresses at a number of state, national and international conferences.
Just like everyone else, my life is busy, sometimes chaotic and always full of challenges. This blog is a way of having conversations about developing a resilient life whilst dealing with life’s burning issues.
I believe there a four key elements to living a fulfilling life, all of which I explore in this blog, they are:
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