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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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The-function-of-man-isWriter Jack London once wrote:

I would rather be ashes than dust!

I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.

The function of man is to live, not to exist. Read the rest of this entry »

Regret-is-what-youDon’t be afraid of contracting ebola.

Don’t lay awake at night worrying about terrorists.

Don’t fret about something happening to your kids.

Don’t be scared of the government, immigrants, being made redundant or delinquent youths.

What should you fear the most?

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Little Athletics

Logan, Hayden and our brave little Madison

A few weeks ago, Hayden, Madison and Logan started Little Athletics.

This means that every Saturday morning, Karen and I follow them around as they participate in five separate track and field events each.  The final event for Madison last Saturday was the 400 metres.  In her age bracket, they don’t run in their own lanes, but 16 little girls line up together and then, soon after starting, make their way to the inside lanes.

In the argy-bargy, Madison was caught up in the bunch and fell flat on her face, scraping her elbow and knee on the concrete drain that runs inside the track.

I immediately started to run to help her as she lay there while all of the other runners went past her.

And in that moment, she had a choice: Read the rest of this entry »

Can-you-enterCan you find work that is fulfilling and pays the bills?

Can you defeat your fears and doubts to create phenomenal work?

Can you develop the skills required to maximise your potential?

Can you make a positive and lasting difference in the world?

Can you overcome the obstacles in your path?

Can you find the time to do all that you need to do?

Can you wake up on a Monday morning with passion and enthusiasm? Read the rest of this entry »

Everything-is-possibleIn Mark chapter 9, there is a story of a father who has asked Jesus to heal his son.

Jesus asked the boy’s father, How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

“If you can?” said Jesus. Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

There are times when I can relate to this man more than any other character in the Bible.  I have a strong faith, but it doesn’t come without questions or doubts.

This is my prayer when I feel like this: Read the rest of this entry »

It-is-a-lot-likeIn his book of essays titled “Palm Sunday” novelist Kurt Vonnegut says of writers,

“Our power is patience. We have discovered that writing allows even a stupid person to seem halfway intelligent, if only that person will write the same thought over and over again, improving it just a little bit each time.  It is a lot like inflating a blimp with a bicycle pump.  Anybody can do it.  All it takes is time.”

I love that thought “inflating a blimp with a bicycle pump” and my suspicion is that this doesn’t just apply to writing novels, but other ventures as well.

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Not-everyone-has-toNot everyone needs to believe in your dreams.

Your boss doesn’t.

Your pastor doesn’t.

Your family doesn’t.

Your friends don’t.

It’s nice if they all do, but it’s not totally necessary.

Because not everyone needs to believe in your dreams, but you do.

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Living-with-purpose-isIt can be tempting sometimes to look for the easy road, the comfortable path, the guaranteed outcome.

But I’m not sure that life works like that (and I’m not sure that it should).

So, remember, if you have to work hard to get it, it’s probably worth the effort and you will look back with pride on your achievements.

If you take a risk and fall, you’ll realise that it doesn’t hurt as much as you thought it would.

If you’re aware of how much you still have to learn to become an expert in your field, then you have a great opportunity for growth and development.

If you have bad days, weeks or months, then the good times will feel so much better when they inevitably come.

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If it looks like an opportunity.

If it feels like an opportunity.

If you suspect in any way, shape or form that it’s an opportunity.

Then it’s an opportunity.

So don’t miss it.

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