I love watching elite sport and listening to great music.

There’s something about it that gets the pulse racing and fills the heart with a range of emotions.

A close win is exhilarating.

A great anthem is inspiring.

A harrowing loss is exhausting.

A sad ballad is thought provoking.

Throughout my life I’ve played sport and music, neither very well, but both were wonderful experiences.

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This Saturday, my beloved Richmond Football Club has a chance to win their third AFL Grand Final in four years.

After such a tumultuous year, it has been a remarkable achievement from them (and their opponents, Geelong) to make it to the big dance and it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to cement their place in history as one of the great modern dynasties of football.

The Richmond theme song has been heard a lot over the past few years and the war cry of “Yellow and Black” from 100,000 fans makes it one of the most popular reprises in the league, but it’s another line in the song that resonates with me.

“In any weather you will see us with a grin.”

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Do you want the people around you to succeed?

To thrive?

To flourish?

Are you happy for that to happen elsewhere, even if you don’t directly benefit?

Are you comfortable with them outshining you?

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With the advent of social media, it seems as though everyone has a megaphone to speak into.

With a few spoken or written words, we can cast our thoughts into the stratosphere for the masses to consume.

It doesn’t take a lot of thought or preparation.  A stream of consciousness will do.

We can share the content that we agree with, or debate with those on the other side.

It’s quick.

It’s simple.

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What if that career you’ve chosen doesn’t work out?

You’ve spent years trying to decide what to do with your life.

You’ve thought about it, prayed about it, made choices to move towards it.

You’ve finally made it and you should be happy, but somehow it’s all gone pear-shaped.

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If you can’t see the positivity…

If you can’t see the reasons for hope…

If you can’t see the opportunity for change…

If you can’t see the wonderful possibilities…

If you can’t find a reason to laugh…

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Beige is ubiquitous.

It’s the non-offensive colour that is used on walls everywhere.

When you go to the hardware store, there are dozens of versions of beige.

All allegedly different.

But in reality, all the same.

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There’s a certain vulnerability that comes with telling us something about yourself.

I don’t mean bragging about your achievements, or listing your accomplishments.

And I don’t mean rambling for so long that everyone’s eyes glaze over.

I’m talking about those stories from your childhood that give us a better understanding of who you are today.

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At the moment, when many people are working remotely and setting up offices at home, it’s much easier to send an email.

We can take our time collecting our thoughts and put them down in a methodical, well considered manner.

It seems very civilised and professional.

But there are times when an email won’t do.

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E. E. Cummings once wrote,

“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.”

It’s not easy to be yourself.

Lots of people will have opinions about who you are and what you should be doing with your life.

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