Mick Malthouse speaks to the media after being announced as the new head coach of the Blues during a Carlton Blues press conference. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Mick Malthouse, a legend of AFL coaching here in Australia was recently appointed coach of the Carlton Football Club.

After coaching for almost three decades and with a remarkable track record of success, some were unsure as to whether or not he would get back into football after a year out of the game.

When he recently discussed his decision to return, he referred to a message that he has framed on his desk.  It was written by his late brother-in-law who had just been told that he only had three weeks to live.

It simply says:

“Don’t you ever, ever let yourself get to a stage in your life where you think, I wish I had of, or worse still, why didn’t I?”

It’s a great message isn’t it?

A great reminder to us all that in the years ahead, we are more likely to regret the things that we didn’t do, rather than the things we did.

It’s a reminder that we are mortal beings with a limited lifespan, so let’s make the most of the time that we have.

Mick also recently said:

I want to work to get a satisfaction in knowing that every player I’ve had the chance to rub shoulders with finds a level that is beyond what he has previously thought. I want them to dream big because I want to take them to a new level and get every player to be what he wants to be.

What a compelling vision.

How could he not coach again?

How could he not look for opportunities to inspire, motivate, teach and encourage?

Do you have a vision for your life?

And in the years ahead will you look back with great satisfaction on your accomplishments?

Or will you mutter to yourself mournfully, “Why didn’t I?”

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