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In the biblical book named after him, Nehemiah was overseeing the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.

There’s a long list of people who were working on certain sections, which includes:

v.10 “Jedaiah son of Harumaph made repairs opposite his house.”

v.23 “Benjamin and Hasshub made repairs in front of their house; and next to them, Azariah son of Maaseiah, the son of Ananiah, made repairs beside his house.”

v.28-29 Above the Horse Gate, the priests made repairs, each in front of his own house.  Next to them, Zadok son of Immer made repairs opposite his house.”

There’s a trend here.

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What difference can I make in the midst of a global pandemic?

Well, you can wash your hands, be conscious of others and not buy a year’s worth of toilet paper for starters.

What difference can I make in the next election?

You can carefully consider the policies of the candidates and make sure that you get out and vote.

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Muscles are built in the gym.

Trees are made stronger in the wind.

Writer’s block makes the author more resourceful.

Runners get fitter as they push themselves.

A fledgling’s wings get more powerful as they flap them around.

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Give yourself permission…

  • to get started,
  • to try something new and risky,
  • to be imperfect at first,
  • to be vulnerable,
  • to get up and keep going after a fall,
  • to put yourself in uncomfortable situations that will stretch your current capabilities,
  • to smile,
  • to share your ideas,
  • to positively influence others,
  • to do your best work,
  • to shine!

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I get that some people are paranoid about shaking hands during the current COVID-19 crisis.

I know that you’re washing your hands, but what about the other person?

There are no guarantees about their hygiene, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t connect in some way, and the worst thing we can do in moments like this is become rude and impersonal.

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Let others be terrified of possible pandemics, you don’t have to.

Let them fret whenever they turn on the news, you don’t have to.

Let them dread being stuck at home, you don’t have to.

Let them panic about the economic consequences, you don’t have to.

Let them worry about whether or not they have enough toilet paper, you don’t have to.

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After the Richmond Tigers won the 2017 AFL premiership, breaking a 37 year drought, my darling wife bought me a limited edition framed piece of memorabilia with photos of each of the 22 heroes from the big day.

It’s one of my most prized possessions and when we move in the next few weeks, it will be placed prominently in our new house (hopefully, with a 2019 version, hint, hint, Karen).

I didn’t think that I had many limited edition pieces in my life until I thought about every person I know.

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In baseball, when a batter swings and misses, does he give up?

What about if he misses on the second pitch?

Does he walk back to the dug-out, or does he risk three strikes?

What if he does strike out?

When his turn comes around again, does he pick up his bat and go back in?

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I believe in you.

I hope that you know this.

You may not believe in yourself, but I do.

You may have been told over and over again that you will never amount to anything, but I can see another side to you.

Your self esteem may be in the gutter and you may be thinking that you have nothing to offer, but hear this…

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Thomas Edison once said,

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”

What a wonderful reminder that there are always more options.

We are never completely trapped.

So please don’t give up.

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