Finding Our Inner Strength – Mr Graham Perrett MP

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Below is a reflection by Mr Graham Perrett MP (Federal Member for Moreton), one of the hosts of the National Student Leadership Forum.

As a Federal Member of Parliament, every day I am confronted with difficult decisions, managing and forming new relationships and I have to find my inner strength to deal with new and ongoing conflicts.

This wonderful job requires people who have the courage of their convictions. I continually ask myself if I’m doing what I can to stand up for those less fortunate that myself, even if this means speaking out against the norm? Forming a view and defending it is often a difficult and confronting situation – especially when my job is to serve the best interests of all people in Moreton.

Debate and second guessing ideas and proposals is a key part of being an MP and is, by and large, part of everyday life. Often this can test my beliefs and sometimes even my faith. Nevertheless how we handle these obstacles is how we define who we are as people.

I rely strongly on my close relationships with family and friends. They are a great source of strength and help increase my resilience under pressure. It is my wife and my two boys who keep me going and I feel so blessed to be able to rely on them for support and laughter each and every day. I have certainly grown as a person from their support.

I am ever mindful of understanding, respecting and appreciating that people can have different sets of values. However, staying true to yourself and living by your values will earn you admiration by your peers and respect from your enemies. By particularly valuing kindness and tolerance, we can live and learn from each other without prejudice.

As I have a French surname, I would like to leave you with the compelling words of the French Quaker Missionary, Stephen Grellet: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” 

Title: Finding Our Inner Strength
Author: Mr Graham Perret MP
Year Published: 2012
Publisher, City: NSLF Blog, Sydney
Access:Online Library of the National Student Leadership Forum

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