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Dont-just-prepare-whatRecent research from San Diego State University found that when some of the larger whales species call to each other, they don’t hear the message, they feel it in their bones.

Wouldn’t it be great if we all communicated like that too?

If instead of just spouting words for people to hear, we delivered messages that truly connected?

If instead of researching facts, we shared stories?

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Common RavenEvery afternoon at about 3pm at my kids’ school, large numbers of very entrepreneurial ravens start to gather.

They know that after the playground has cleared, there are easy pickings of sandwiches, fruit or other goodies waiting for them.

My observant oldest son Hayden claims that he has even seen them use their beaks to open up lunchboxes so that they can get to the food within.

So they gather, they swoop and they feast.

What does that have to do with us I hear you ask?

I’ve met a lot of people who act and talk as though they are trapped.

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How-about-instead-ofHave you ever seen a dog with three legs?

They are truly remarkable.

They hobble around chasing balls and birds with their tails wagging happily, unconcerned by their apparent disability, but just focused on doing what dogs do best.

They love life, never complain and have exactly the same attitude of dogs with four legs.

How we could learn from them.

In some way, most of us are three-legged dogs.

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Is-it-time-for-you-toHayden’s pet blotched blue-tongue lizard, named Bartlett, recently shed its skin for the first time.

It took a few days of rubbing himself against his rocks and branches and eventually the old skin came off and he emerged with new, brighter and more colourful skin.

Lizards and other reptiles shed their skin to allow for growth.

It’s uncomfortable for them and they can get grumpy during the process, but it’s necessary because as their bodies get bigger, they need to burst through their existing covering into new, larger self.

Is it time for you to shed your skin?

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Eagles-dont-hunt-fliesI stumbled upon a wonderful Jewish proverb this week that simply says, “Eagles don’t hunt flies.”

It’s true isn’t it?

They hunt for prey that will satisfy them.

They hunt prey that they are equipped to catch.

They seek and find bigger things.

What about you?

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Next-time-youre-waitingMy oldest son, Hayden is turning 10 soon.  Yes, I’m that old!

He loves animals (he writes his own animal blog) and more than anything, wants a lizard for his birthday to add to his little menagerie, which at this stage consists of two goldfish.

Lizards aren’t energetic creatures like dogs or cats.  Because they are cold-blooded, they required an external heat source to warm them up and give them the energy that they need to survive.

Alas, I’ve met a few people who act as though they are lizards.

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Who do you have speaking into your life?  Voices that question your capabilities, or voices that encourage you to greatness?

Who do you have speaking into your life? Voices that question your capabilities, or voices that encourage you to greatness?

A young cheetah had just left home and was setting out to hunt for the first time.

As he prowled the savannah looking for potential prey, a hyena saw him and asked what he was doing.

“I’m going hunting,” the cheetah said proudly.

“What?  You?” the hyena sneered, “You’re too small and inexperienced, you’ll never catch anything!”

Demoralised, the young cheetah wandered around aimlessly for the rest of the day without success and went hungry.

The next morning, the cheetah headed out to hunt again, hoping that he would be more successful this time, but not overly optimistic.

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Dont-be-afraid-to-lookThe lion looked to the heavens and prayed, “Dear God, help me to become the fiercest hunter on the savannah so that I can catch my dinner today.”

The giraffe looked the heavens and prayed, “Dear God, help me to reach high for the juiciest leaves on the tree.”

The penguin looked to the heavens and prayed, “Dear God, help me to swim with the speed and grace required to catch a bellyful of fish.”

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When-you-look-at-aCaterpillars seem like such creepy little things.

They destroy your lettuces, they have lots of legs and they look as though they will squish if you step on them.

To me, they don’t seem to have any endearing aspects.

They eat and eat and eat and eat, until they are big enough to build a cocoon.

And then they go through the remarkable process of metamorphosis to become an elegant butterfly.

So let me ask you, when you look at a caterpillar, do you see what is, or what could be?

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Photo by Mamboman1 via Flickr

Photo by Mamboman1 via Flickr

Freddie the frog was hopping past a pond when he heard a loud sigh.

He stopped and saw a sad looking frog named Frank sitting on a lily pad.

“What’s wrong?” Freddie asked.

“Life is so hard here on this pond,” said Frank, “there used to be more insects to eat, now I’m starving.”

“I live in the pond down the road, we have plenty of insects to share,” explained Freddie.

“I wish that there were more insects here, then I wouldn’t have to move.”

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