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I read and hear so much about the secretto happiness, it seems that there is nothing new to say. But often with sharing stories we find the answer is as simple as doing happiness.

My family started 2019 at a 75th wedding anniversary party for family friends Errol and Kathleen. Ninety-three-year-old Errol was asked what was his secret for such a long and happy marriage. Errol answered, “Just two words. Yes, and ok.”

Errol and Kathleen started life together as starry-eyed, young lovers wanting nothing more than to live happily ever after. With the second world war another year from finishing and Errol enlisted, they didn’t want to miss any chance to live in happiness.

At eighteen years of age Errolbelieved he would be truly happy with life if Kathleen was his wife, the war ended and the world was at peace. He hoped for a family,a home and a joband didn’t think he needed much more to make him happy.

Errol’s philosophy of “yes and ok”stopped the squabbles and the waste-of-time human conflicts.He said no one ever won a fight anyway. It removed his own self-doubt and helped him achieve.“Yes” told him he could do things.“OK” helped him take chances. Whenever they faced life’s challenges, and there were plenty, it was the quest for happiness that saw them get through.

Errol and Kathleen both said they felt blessed to have lived long lives. They marvelled at all the beauty and wonder that came into their homes, the growth of ideasand opportunity and the benefits of modern living.They were happy to be living in a land of freedom and plenty. They both thought that in 2019 there was never a better time or reason to be happy.

I learnt the power of “yes and ok” many years ago from my son, Tim.

At age three Tim was diagnosed with autism so severe I was told to institutionalise him. I was told he would never speak, learn anything nor lead a fulfilling life. Tim’s days were spent unable to communicate and distressed all the time. But I didn’t listen to the doctor, I said “yes” he will speak and he does. I alsosaid “yes” he will live a fulfilling life and he does.

Years ago, when asked to draw a picture for a homemade birthday card Tim said “ok” and that simple ok led him to become an internationally acclaimed artist with books, a tv series,a theatre production and worldwide travel. His keynote talks always end with a standing ovation. He lives in happiness because he said yes and ok.

In 2019 happiness is as important and desired as it wasfor Errol seventy-five years ago. As the hottest commodity of the year it can begin withtwo simple words “yes” and “ok”. Everyone should try it.

A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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