Its-your-turnDon’t wait for someone else to do it.

Don’t look around hoping that someone else will take responsibility.

Don’t sit back and watch others take charge.

Don’t hesitate, justifying to yourself that you’re not ready.

Don’t keep your hand down, hoping that they won’t notice what you have to offer.

Don’t assume that others are more qualified and better equipped to do the work.

It’s your turn.

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Theres-nothing-quiteThere are few better experiences than sitting on the couch with one of my kids, with my arm around them as they read about Venus fly traps, sea otters, Captain Underpants or any one of a hundred random things.

To help them with the difficult words.

To hear the inflection in their voices.

To explain the concepts that don’t make sense to an 8-year-old.

To see them looking up for approval.

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Despite-your-thoughtsYou may not always be able to ensure that you think positive thoughts.

You may not always be able to feel positive about your current circumstances.

And I’m certain that you won’t be able to control how positive the people around you are.

But you can always, always, always control your actions.

So despite your thoughts, your feelings and the people around you, make sure that you are always taking positive action.

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We-need-to-be-passionateEvery year we get a couple of loads of firewood delivered to keep us warm and toasty during the cold winter months.

When we got the last load delivered, it was raining and course, the wood got wet.

For the next few weeks, lighting the fire was hard work as the wood was still slightly damp.

The same is true for us too.

We need to be passionate, fired up and enthusiastic to do anything remarkable with our lives, but we can’t get our hearts racing if our fuel is wet.

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They-cant-take-that-awayThey can’t take away your positive attitude.

Your capacity for hard work.

Your generous nature.

Your faith when times are tough.

Your gratitude when times a great.

Your smile.

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A worrier or a warriorA worrier is concerned about the future.

A warrior says, “Bring it on.”

A worrier is restricted by fear.

A warrior acts in spite of the fear.

A worrier makes others feel more anxious.

A warrior makes others feel stronger and more resilient.

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You-are-not-an-accidentYou may not know why you are here.

You may not have a clear purpose for your life yet.

You may feel as though you don’t fit in.

You may look back over your life and think that everything is just a jumbled mess of random events.

But I want to assure you today that you are not an accident.

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Not-all-of-us-can-doIt’s easy to be tempted by the bright lights, to aspire to riches and glory, to aim for that one big breakthrough that will give you the success and reputation that you crave.

But what if it’s not the big things that make the difference, but the seemingly insignificant?

What if a consistent focus on small acts with big heart has a greater, longer lasting impact?

Those every day conversations in the car with the kids when you are truly present.

Those smiles that you give to your neighbours who look different to you and are treated with suspicion by everyone else.

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What-will-you-and-yourWhere the kids go to school used to be surrounded acres of undeveloped land, but now that’s changing.

This morning, I had to drive through three different sets of road works in a 6 kilometre drive and every day it seems as though another new house has sprouted up from nowhere.

I tried to imagine what the area would look like in a year and realised that it would be unrecognisable.

Paddocks and fields replaced by houses and shopping centres.

Inexorable and unstoppable progress.

What about you?

What will you and your work look like in 12 months, 5 years, 10 years?

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Its-time-for-theThe world (and especially the online world) can be a nasty, hateful place sometimes.

There are a lot of people saying and doing some really mean things and makes us feel less connected and more fearful.

It’s time to change that.

It’s time for the good guys to be heard.

It’s time for the curtains to be opened so that the light of love can shine in dark places.

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