Poet Erin Hanson once wrote:

“There is freedom waiting for you,

On the breezes of the sky,

And you ask ‘What if I fall?’

Oh but my darling,

What if you fly?”

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To make a groove required a repeated action.

Walk along the same path for long enough and you can see a groove develop.

Whittle away at the same spot on a piece of wood and you can see a groove develop.

We too, can find ourselves in a groove.

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One of my little indulgences, is reading the great P.G. Wodehouse, undoubtedly one of the funniest authors of all time.  In his book, “Mike and Psmith,” Wodehouse writes,

“Cricket is the great safety valve. If you like the game, and are in a position to play it at least twice a week, life can never be entirely gray.”

It’s a wonderful description of the need for a recreational activity that keeps life from becoming too mundane.

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It takes courage to take action when under fire.

To stick your head up out of the trenches when there is the threat of an unseen sniper in the distance.

To take the risk required to move forward.

To rally the troops and keep morale high when times are tough.

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It’s not easy to start and sustain your own business.

It’s difficult to make sacrifices in the short-term, so that you can benefit in the years ahead.

It’s a challenge to make a positive contribution each and every day.

It’s tough to persist during the bad times.

It’s difficult getting, and staying, fit.

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Don’t listen to the naysayers and poo-pooers.

Don’t listen to those who have always played it safe.

Don’t listen to those who want you to stay the same forever and are threatened by your potential growth.

Don’t listen to your nemesis.

Don’t listen to the negative, fearful ones.

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Maybe you should have finished that degree.

Or started that business.

Or put your family before your career.

Or traveled to Europe.

Or written that book.

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There’s something inside each person that overflows into the world around them.

It bubbles away under the surface until it cannot be restrained and then it pours out.

It’s what we focus on and think about the most.

And it has the potential to either positively or negatively influence everyone around us.

So my question today is, what’s overflowing from you?

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What you do every day is not just a job.

It’s an opportunity to further develop your skills.

It’s a chance to stimulate your brain and solve challenging problems.

It’s an opportunity to add value to the people around you, to make them smile, to help them to feel better about themselves.

It’s a chance to build resilience when the going gets tough.

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The best opportunity wasn’t the one that slipped through your fingers years ago.

It isn’t the one that you’re hoping will fall into your lap.

It isn’t the one that someone else has been able to take advantage of instead of you.

The very best opportunity is the one in front of you right now.

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