what-are-you-savouringOne of the most common attributes of the happiest people in our communities is that they take time to savour the good things in their lives.

They smell the roses.

They stop to observe their kids growing up.

They take photos of others, not themselves.

They take the scenic route.

They breathe.

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youre-a-rubber-ball-notWhen a tea cup falls to the ground it smashes into a thousand pieces and can never be fully repaired.

But when a rubber ball falls, it bounces right back.  In fact, if it falls with enough force, sometimes it bounces higher than from where it dropped.

If you’re a tea cup, you dread falling.  You hang on carefully and play it safe.  You are treated delicately by others and can never be thrown or handled roughly in case you are destroyed completely.

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my-love-for-you-isToday Karen and I celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary.

It has been an amazing (and rarely boring) adventure together that has spanned multiple states, multiple careers and, of course, multiple kids.  Throughout it all, Karen has been my closest confidante, best friend and most loyal supporter as we attempt to stumble through life together.

I’m no great romantic, so I’ll leave it up to Rod Stewart to describe how I feel about my lifelong love.  These lyrics come from the song, “You’re in my heart” and I think of Karen every time it comes up on my iPod. Read the rest of this entry »

the-words-that-will-haveThe most influential words that you hear today won’t come from your spouse, your parents or your kids.

They won’t be spoken to you by your boss or colleague.

They won’t be the praise of your most loyal client or the scathing criticism of your most loathed nemesis.

They won’t be found in a great book or blog (not even this one).

They won’t come from a podcast or a sermon, no matter how phenomenal the speaker is.

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we-were-three-albums-inOne of the books that I’m reading at the moment is Peter Garrett’s autobiography, “Big Blue Sky: A Memoir.”

Garrett is the lead singer of one of Australia’s most iconic rock band’s, the Midnight Oils, and he described the process of making one of their albums by saying, “We were three albums in and needed to push down the fence and graze in a bigger paddock.”

They had grand ambitions as a band and knew that they were going to have to push themselves and their craft to maximise their results.

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fight-one-more-roundIn 1892, James J. Corbett became the first boxing heavyweight world champion, winning by knock-out in the 21st round.

This is what he had to say on the art of being a champion:

“Fight one more round.

When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the centre of the ring, 

fight one more round.

When your arms as so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard,

fight one more round.

When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you on the jaw and put you to sleep,

fight one more round,

remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.”

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discover-fire-fan-theThousands of years ago, people discovered fire for the first time.

What a remarkable discovery it was, giving them the ability to stay warm, to light the darkness and cook their food.

Today, we each have the opportunity to discover a new kind of fire for ourselves.

To identify what we were born to do.

To do meaningful work that gets our heart beating faster.

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what-are-you-going-to-doAs a teenager, Bill Hybels was being mentored by an older man who asked him,

“What are you going to do with your life that will last forever?”

Bill was a bright young man who could easily have gone into business and made a lot of money.  He was a natural leader and people could see that whatever he chose to do he would be successful, but this question challenged him.

It challenged him because deep down, he knew that there was more to life than money and material things.

It challenged him because deep down, he know that he could have done a lot of things that looked impressive from a worldly perspective.

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keep-chipping-awayIf your goals and aspirations are as grand as they should be, you can’t expect to achieve them overnight, so today I want to encourage you to keep chipping away.

Every action helps.

Every step forward.

Every phone call.

Every mistake made and lesson learned.

Every rejection.

Every training session.

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be-more-ridiculous-nooneEvery great song writer has been scorned at some stage.

Every great comedian has been heckled.

Every great preacher has had listeners who thought they were nuts.

Every great entrepreneur has had their ideas mocked.

Every great parent has methods that other parents think are crazy.

Every great writer has had their ideas rejected.

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