Aim for a Caramello Life

A fulfilling life is important. Listen to this podcast by Bruce Robinson, or read the transcript below, to find out the meaning of a Caramello life.

Aim for the Caramello life

I’d like to talk to you about what we call the Caramello life.

I sit in my consulting room as a doctor and I see people whose lives look to other people like they’re wonderful – like they are chocolate! But when they sit in my consulting room I see how hollow their lives are – they are lonely in their marriage, distant from their kids, often have no real friends just a bunch of acquaintances, and very little community involvement.

So what do I mean by a Caramello life?  Their lives are like chocolate but they’re hollow inside (like an Easter egg), but a Caramello life – it’s chocolate on the outside, but on the inside there’s a rich, golden core. How do you get that?

First of all, you’ve got to know what balance looks like, and secondly you’ve got to go looking for it. It won’t happen immediately and it won’t happen automatically. To get the rich golden core of a Caramello life, you’ve got to be really intentional about nurturing your marriage, doing special things with your partner, spending time with your kids, developing real friends who talk honestly, and getting involved in the community to serve people.

It won’t happen immediately, but stick with it and you could end up with the rich golden core of a Caramello life and sit in my office and say, “I have a rich and wonderful life.”


Plan your school involvement for the upcoming year

It’s the start of the school year for Australian schools, so they will be asking parents to volunteer their time for many roles, including serving on canteen, assisting teachers in the classroom, helping at working bees, etc. Sit down with your children and agree with them what you will volunteer for, and how often.


Promote a positive attitude to their school

Encourage your child to learn, and support the school and teachers in helping your child in this.