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A few days ago, I was working in my office and observed a fly buzzing up and down my glass office door.
It clearly wanted to go outside, but was unable to find a way.
Annoyingly, it buzzed around for a few minutes, distracting me as it went.
I got up and opened the door, but the insect ignored the opening and kept moving up and down the glass.
As I cursed the fly and its stupidity, I realised how similar we can be to the fly on the window.
Hopefully, there are people who see great things in you.
They have identified your potential and encourage you to be your best.
They cheer you on when times are tough and celebrate with you when times are good.
Then again, there may be people who doubt your capabilities.
They are constant critics and their negative words ring in your ears.
They can’t wait for you to fail and watch your every move with suspicion and look for you to make your next mistake.
Eddie the echidna was upset and marched up to his mother.
“I never want to eat ants again!” he loudly proclaimed. ”All we eat are ants and I’m sick of them.”
“But, you’re an echidna, you’re supposed to eat ants,” his mother said.
“Not any more, I’m going to become a meat eater from now on,” said Eddie defiantly as he walked off.
After walking for a while, Eddie spied a mob of kangaroos and started to stalk them. He saw one of the large marsupials away from the rest of the group and honed in on it.
When he got close enough, he pounced and landed on the tail of a massive male kangaroo.
My 6 year-old daughter, Madison, has a fascination with my wife’s Scottish heritage, and in particular, the national dish, haggis.
She has a naturally inquisitive nature and wants to know what it looks like, tastes like and is made out of.
I’ve told her about my experience eating haggis in Edinburgh many years ago.
We’ve watched YouTube clips together of people eating it and laughed at their mixed reactions.
But she won’t know what it’s like until she’s tried it herself.
There’s a constant tension in life.
We want to have fun and have a good time.
But we are also aware that we have to work hard to make a living and pay the bills.
We need bliss and we need blisters.
There are those who take the fun part too far.
They think that they can live the high life and have everything that they want right now without working for it. They sacrifice their future for the present, by making decisions based on what feels best in the moment, rather than what’s best in the long-term.
The Washington Generals are the team of suckers who play against the legendary Harlem Globetrotters.
They never win.
They’re not supposed to win.
They’re the chumps who are the props in the show that the Globetrotters are putting on.
They’re there to be laughed at and no-one pays to see them perform.
I’m sure that some of them are reasonable talented athletes, but the refs are against them, the crowd’s against them and the whole arrangement is that when the final buzzer goes, they are destined to lose again.
So, if you’re the Washington Generals what’s the point in trying?
In every expensive jacket, there’s a lining that no one sees.
On the bottom of every $1000 pair of shoes is a sole that will never get noticed.
But these hidden aspects matter.
They matter because they turn the beautiful into something functional.
The glamorous becomes useful.
The eye-catching becomes long-lasting.
It’s easy to get fixated on surface matters, but it’s important to get the hidden stuff right first.
When the farmer comes to choose the turkeys at Thanksgiving he looks across the barn and finds the most suitable for the dinner table.
The ones that sit there all day and don’t move very much, making their meat nice and tender.
The ones who spend more time at the trough, gorging themselves and getting fatter.
Perhaps even the grumpy ones who aren’t nice to the other turkeys, making them expendable.
The farmer chooses turkeys that have, without knowing it, prepared themselves to be eaten.
Similarly, when it’s time for a company to shed staff, someone will look across the office or factory and find the most suitable candidates.
Sometimes, you know what you should do next, but are afraid to do it… be courageous anyway!
Sometimes, you will feel all alone… be courageous anyway!
Sometimes, you can’t be sure what the future holds… be courageous anyway!
Sometimes, you will have the perfect excuse for doing nothing… be courageous anyway!
Sometimes, the voices of your fears will join the voices of others in a deafening cacophony… be courageous anyway!
There was a time when everyone thought that the world was flat.
They thought that all they could see was all that there was.
They thought that if you sailed too far, there was a risk of dropping off the edge of the planet.
Of course, we are much more knowledgeable now.
We know that the world is round.
So why do so many people act with a flat world mindset.