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Its-easy-to-look-at-theThere once was a harmless, nondescript street in the suburbs where no-one took much care of their gardens.

The lawns were overgrown, the weeds were taking over and the hedges desperately needed to be cut back.

It looked unsightly, but when the neighbours looked at each other and their gardens, they just shrugged their shoulders and laughed.

It was all too hard, no-one could be bothered making it better and because everyone’s garden was the same, no-one felt compelled to change anything.

Then the gardener moved in.

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Do-not-be-faintheartedDo not be afraid…

of what tomorrow or the future may bring.

of the acts of a few extremists.

of those who look and act differently to you.

of making mistakes.

for your children.

of things that you cannot control.

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Turn-on-the-lights-MakeOffer insights and expertise.

Identify the strengths and potential in others.

Paint a picture of an exciting and remarkable future.

Show people how much you care.

Keep learning and sharing your knowledge.

Invest in the people around you.

Give people hope.

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Too-much-enthusiasm-isI had a client this week who felt that she had to apologise for being too enthusiastic.

Now that’s one thing that you will never have to say sorry for with me, so I just said to her that too much enthusiasm is better than not enough.

It got me thinking that there are a few aspects of life where too much is better than not enough.

Too much passion is better than not enough.

Too many ideas is better than not enough.

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Sometimes-we-worry-aboutA kid walked into a candy store with his dad and was bedazzled by the array of treats on offer.

“What should I choose?  What should I choose?  What should I choose?”  He asked himself.

“Come on son, we don’t have all day,” his dad said.

“These are my favourites.  No wait, these are my favourites.”

He walked along the aisles, picking up bags and putting them back.

He just couldn’t make up his mind.

“Quick son, make up your mind, we have to go,”  His impatient dad said.

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Perhaps-in-the-busynessThere are few more frustrating things to watch than my children eat a chocolate.

They slowly unwrap it, then place it in their hand, closely observing their bite-sized delicacy.

Then they take a small nibble from the corner.

This is followed by another careful inspection.

Another nibble is taken.

And now the chocolate starts to melt.

The whole time I’m watching with a furrowed brow thinking to myself, “Just eat it already!  It’s not the last chocolate you will ever get.  There will be more.”

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The-storm-that-youre-inThe storm that you’re in will toss you around.

It will throw your life out of kilter.

It will leave you discombobulated.

It will distract you from what is good in the world.

It will make everything seem out of control.

It will mess up your hair.

It will block the sun.

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Poor me or watch meLife isn’t always easy.

There will be times when things go wrong, sometimes dramatically.

You could lose your job, have a health scare or experience a major relationship breakdown.

Maybe you contributed to it, maybe you didn’t.

Either way, when things go pear-shaped, you have a choice.

You can say “poor me”, or “watch me.”

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Live-as-though-the-gateWhen a dog is cooped up in the backyard, it trots around dutifully, checking the boundary and ensuring that everything is OK.

It sniffs the air, aware that there is something beyond the fence.

But if the gate is left open and it gets the chance, it will make a run for it.

Tail in the air.

Tongue hanging out.

Looking around feverishly for what to do first.

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We-dont-need-anEvery now and then, our oldest son tells our daughter a scary story and for the next few nights Madison comes out complaining that she is having a nightmare.

Grrr.

So Madison and I made up a character that we call Marshmallow the Pink Pony.

Marshmallow has supernatural powers and can rescue her from any imaginary situation that is troubling her.  Mads can ride away on the pony and everything is OK again.

It’s silly and she knows it isn’t real, but it brings a smile to her face before she goes back to bed.

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