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Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said,

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

What a wonderful thought.

That we can each play our part in changing the world.

Not through dramatic acts that seem beyond our capabilities.

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American writer and historian, Will Durant once said,

Forget mistakes, forget failures, forget everything, except what you’re going to do now and do it.  Today is your lucky day.

There are times when our past threatens to rob us of our future.

When our mistakes and failures remind us of our frailty and inadequacies.

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I wish I could tell you otherwise, but the reality is that you won’t always win.

You can practice and prepare and perform to the very best of your abilities, but the results won’t always go your way.

Sometimes, your opponent is better.

Sometimes, you’re just not good enough.

Sometimes, the deck is stacked against you.

Sometimes, there is no clear reason for the loss.

Nevertheless, the scoreboard doesn’t lie.

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Our oldest son is in the middle of school exams at the moment and is moderately stressed about it.

They make up 25% of his end of year mark, so he wants to do reasonably well, especially in his favourite subjects.

We go through a lot of tests in life.

School tests.

Driving tests.

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You may feel like an outsider.

You may not feel as though you deserve credit for doing good work.

You may feel lucky to have the job that you do.

You may believe that everyone is waiting for you to mess up.

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Over the past week, two of my staff have celebrated birthdays.

As we all work remotely at the moment, we have had to sing “Happy Birthday” via Teams.

To put it mildly, it wasn’t great.

To be more accurate, it was awful.

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Ernest Hemingway once wrote,

“Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be.

But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.

It’s been that way all this year.

It’s been that way so many times.”

With that reality in mind, what will you do today?

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The world is a very divided place right now and there’s a lot of finger pointing and yelling going on.

People are frustrated, angry and are looking for someone to vent at.

There are people I know, love and respect who give me reason to groan internally when I hear their views on certain subjects.

And I’m sure that they do the same when they hear my opinion.

Politics, religion, the environment, whether or not the Richmond Tigers are the greatest AFL team of the modern era.

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Sometimes, we want a lot out of life, perhaps a little bit too much.

We compare ourselves with others and wonder what we must be doing wrong.

We aspire to great deeds, but the timeframes attached to these expectations can be a little unrealistic.

We want it all and we want it now.

But maybe, we need to reflect for a moment and remember that there’s satisfaction in a good day’s work.

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The fastest runner doesn’t necessarily win the marathon.

It’s the person with the most effective preparation.

The person with the strongest mind who can push through the pain.

It’s the person who can run the hardest for the longest.

Sound familiar?

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