You can learn from mistakes.

You can do better next time.

You can try and fail and try and fail and try and fail, improving slightly as you go.

You can recover from the embarrassment.

You can shrug your shoulders and realise that it wasn’t the end of the world.

You can grow stronger and more resilient.

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I walked past our local florist over the weekend and noticed the lady who ran the store working feverishly getting everything organised for the day.

As a middle-aged male, I’ve never really understood florists. ¬†They seem to just sell over-priced plants that die in a few days.

And don’t get me started on getting up at 3am to buy fresh stock from the local flower markets.

Really, what’s the point?

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Some people see reminders of the wrong things all the time.

They find reminders that they are unlucky.

Or that they are somehow destined to lose.

Or that they are victims of circumstances.

Or that it’s not worth it to even try.

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You are valued.

You are highly regarded and respected for who you are.

There are those who miss you when you’re not there.

God loves you with an unquenchable love.

And you are valuable.

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I hope that your kids do greater things than you ever did.

I hope that the person you coach and mentor goes on to achieve far more than you have.

I hope that your hand-picked successor at work delivers far better results.

I hope that you forge the way for others to follow.

And I hope that they each look back with gratitude, knowing that they couldn’t have done it without your support and guidance.

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On a daily basis, I meet people from all walks of life who aren’t sure about what they want to do next.

In some cases, they have a multitude of options.

Whereas for others, they feel trapped and can’t see any way forward.

So today, for everyone in this situation (including occasionally myself), I offer this prayer for clarity. Read the rest of this entry »

When you fall, do you land on the dirt?

Does it make a loud thud when you hit the ground?

Does it hurt like hell?

Do you just want to stay there forever, or at least until the pain goes away?

Does it make you want to avoid falling ever again?

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At the stadium, there are a lot of people watching, and a few people actually participating.

There are a lot of people who paid a little for a ticket to watch, and a few people who sacrificed a lot for the right to play.

There are a lot of people who go to be entertained, and a few people who go to make a difference.

There are a lot of people who grimace when an injury occurs, and a few people who take the risk to put themselves in harm’s way.

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Whatever you want to do with your life, there will be challenging moments when you just want to give up.

In those moments, hold on to your why.

You will feel frustrated by your lack of progress.

When that happens, hold on to your why.

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What will happen today?

Will you give up or persist?

Will you progress or go backwards?

Will you hesitate or leap?

Will you connect or withdraw?

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