Sometimes, it seems as though we don’t have enough time.

We’re too busy.

There’s too much going on.

And now, so much that we love to do is on hold.  Concerts, sporting events, coffee with friends.

All this time is wasted, perhaps much of the rest of the year won’t be available for normal activities.

But that’s OK.

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You’re not a perfect leader, leaving you open to criticism.

You don’t always get it right as a parent.

That’s not how to cook that dish.

You’re driving too slow in the overtaking lane.

That song would sound better if someone else sang it.

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As I see it, we can use our strength in two ways.

One to push over.

And the other to lift back up.

One to destroy.

And the other to build.

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Someone tweeted this week regarding a leadership issue that had fallen on deaf ears for a long time, ending their statement with, “I refuse to stop trying.”

Wow.

No-one had listened.

No-one was taking notice.

But the writer was passionate about the issue and wasn’t going to give up.

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It’s humbling to lose your job and then have to apply for more menial work that is well below your usual salary or skill set.

It’s humbling to have to rely on the government to make decisions that will significantly impact your finances over the next six months.

It’s humbling to have to restrain your normal social activities in the interest of public health.

It’s humbling to not be in control, just when you thought your future was nicely planned out.

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What will you remember from this time?

Will it be the crippling anxiety and fear?

Will it be the rising death toll within our communities?

Will it be the long list of restrictions?

Or will it be the time spent with immediate family?

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Right now, it seems as though a lot of things that we usually take for granted are limited.

Our ability to interact socially.

Our capacity to connect with a simple shake of the hand.

Our work, our recreation, our eating out at restaurants.

All limited.

But, thankfully, some things aren’t.

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St Felgild of Lindisfarne once prayed,

Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm.

Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease.

Enfold me, Lord, in your peace.

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No matter what is happening in the world around you.

No matter what this means for your work situation.

No matter how you’re feeling inside or how the people around you are feeling.

Keep your head up.

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Today is a momentous day for me as it’s this blog’s 10 year anniversary.

It’s quite a milestone for this humble little site and whilst this is still quite a niche blog, I’m proud of the achievement.

Over the past 10 years, I have written over 2,600 posts and had over 2.7M views from all around the world (except North Korea).

I just want to say thanks for the opportunity to share my thought with you guys.  I have had some incredibly loyal readers and I am grateful to you each.

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