Greg Hall – Service To The End
NAME: Greg Hall
LOCATION: Brisbane, Australia
Civil Engineer, Practitioner, Business Owner
I grew up in the suburbs of a beachside town with 3 younger siblings, two dogs and a cat. My father taught me how to make a fire, catch fish at the beach, build and fly kites, fix all things petrol-engine related, blow up Matchbox cars with fireworks in the sand pit, and what it is to be a man – though for the most part of my childhood I was content with playing Lego indoors and playing with string, sticks and mud outdoors. Growing up I participated in scouts, junior lifesaving, karate and the obligatory athletics, swimming, cricket and rugby at school.
I fared better than average academically at school which enabled me to study to become a Civil Engineer, though farming would have been my first choice, but for the allure of financial success being the marker of achievement in our society.
At age 18, I met my wife to be and we dated for 5 years before marrying, and started a family a further 5 years later. I now have 3 amazing sons who sort of know how to fish, make a fire and fly a kite, though even the eldest as a teenager still tinkers with Lego, at times. They all perform well at school
I have worked in and amongst the construction industry since my career began, though generally with smaller to medium-sized firms that always had that ‘family feel’ to the business, in other words, a nurturing working environment in which I was often a shoulder to lean on, or an ear for the pains of others to relay to; and in fact most of my life I have been there for others as a pillar of support in one way or another.
Working in construction has had its moments: the early days was about the allure and excitement of maximising profits and going ‘hell for leather’ to complete the job on time – sometimes connecting with the possibility of having built something that improved the living conditions for others.
But generally I know it as a tough slog: working away from home for long spells, an unrelenting playground of the ex-schoolyard bully, the greedy and corrupt, where seemingly I had to forsake all connection with my tender, gentle ways in order to toughen up to deal with it all was the only choice of the day. Through all this I still have an eye for simplicity, often finding ways for improved efficiency and ease for work tasks.
For a period during my 30’s I took up golfing, copious early morning exercising in the gym and white water canoe racing to ease the mounting stresses, that I initially perceived were all from the external factors of living in a violent crime-riddled society and the work pressures noted above, never realising the anxiousness was predominantly coming from within.
I will continue to study as a student of My life, the ever-deepening ways in which I may be of Love-filled care to myself and to be of service to all of humanity, to my last breath in this life and eternally thereafter.