As many of you will be aware, Sunday 7th February marked the day our Founders began King’s in 1983 In previous years, a Founders’ Day Celebration occurred to honour our Founders and those who have contributed to our rich history.
This year, we have chosen to celebrate Founders Day a little later in the year, to coincide with the opening of our new King’s Community Auditorium and Café. Given the significance of the development in our journey, it beautifully reflects our partnership with King’s Baptist Church.
We will let you know the date of this special event once the completion date of the building has been finalised.
Many of you will have heard of my requirement to quarantine in Melbourne during the prime sailing weeks of the January break. While as disappointing as it gets, it was a great opportunity for me to reflect and to reread some of my favourite books. One such book is Susan Scott’s ‘Fierce Conversations’, the premise of which is [and I quote] that ‘our work, our relationships and in fact our very lives succeed or fail gradually, then suddenly, one conversation at a time’.
Scott maintains that the US banks that went ‘belly up’ in 2008 at the beginning of the Financial Crisis, did not do so suddenly as we would believe from the media, but gradually and then suddenly because of the conversations that were happening (and were not happening) within those organisations in the weeks, months and years leading up to that fateful day.
Also, marriages and relationships do not fall apart suddenly - but slowly, then suddenly as the result of the single conversations that take place over weeks, months and perhaps years between couples and friends.
Scott goes on to say that ‘Equally provocative has been the realisation that while no single conversation is guaranteed to change the trajectory of a business, a career, a marriage or a life, a single conversation can’.
It is a timely reminder to us as we start a new year that an important part of living successfully in a vibrant community is that our ‘Yes’ means yes and our ‘No’ means no. Also, that culture and expectation in our children and our colleagues is built up or broken down – one conversation at a time.
I am not normally one for paraphrases – but The Message treats this well:
"And don't say anything you don't mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. 34-36 You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, 'I'll pray for you,' and never doing it, or saying, 'God be with you,' and not meaning it. You don't make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. 37 Just say 'yes' and 'no.' When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.’
The challenge for each of us is to use our words carefully and meaningfully – one conversation at a time.