The posting cycle is almost upon us but I beat the rush and have already taken up my new role at RAAF Base Wagga. Recently I heard one of my friends say “every exit is also an entrance – even death” which got me pondering. The fact is it is our choice whether we dwell on what we have left behind, or what we are looking towards! This posting back to Wagga after a fairly short time away (a bit over a year) may not have been on my preference list but I am choosing to give it my best and my all.
There are some significant challenges here at Wagga, and as I found out this week they are not going to wait for me to get settled first. I must express my thanks to CHAP Rob Paget for the work he has done in the last 6 months and the rest of the team here (Walter and Alan) for the great work they are doing. But the real challenge is to grasp the possibilities for the future, refusing to accept mediocrity and push on to new heights.
What does that mean? I am not yet sure, but no matter what your role, and where you are that is the challenge for all of us! Each of us can make a difference, and you can do things that I can’t because we are each unique, with a diverse range of gifts and abilities. One of the books I was reading recently (High Five by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles) put it like this:
“None of us is as smart as all of us”
The fact is we all need each other, and it is only as we work together that we can achieve those high goals. Padre’s ponderings is about giving a few hints along the way, and being part of your team. I look forward to meeting with you and encouraging you in your journey.
Chaplain Ian Whitley