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Tomorrow morning is Saturday morning, which means one thing for our family, parkrun.

I will head off early in the morning with whichever kids are awake and keen to come on a 5km timed run with me at the local botanic gardens.

Sometimes, I wonder why I do this.

I can’t run like I used to and after a 10 month hiatus due to Covid lockdowns, I’m even slower.

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We don’t like to fail.

It feels rotten, embarrassing, shameful.

Yet, fail we do.

We all make mistakes.

Some worse than others.

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The fish won’t jump into the boat.

You’ve got to cast a line to catch them.

Wool doesn’t just turn into a jumper.

You’ve got to get those knitting needles working.

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There’s nothing quite like sitting around a fire.

It’s mesmerising to watch and the sound of the flames is soothing to the soul.

Every now and then an ember will roll away from the main fire.

For a few moments it will flicker and glow, but then the flames will start to die, leaving nothing but char and ash.

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Every time we are kind.

Or generous.

Or encouraging.

Or optimistic.

Or calm.

It creates a ripple effect.

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How many flowers does a bee need to visit to make a pound of honey?

A hundred?

A thousand?

Surely not a million?

It’s estimated that bees need to collect the nectar from 2 million flower to make a single pound of honey.

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Like millions of others around the world, I marveled at the remarkable words of poet laureate, Amanda Gorman, when she spoke at President Joe Biden’s Inauguration.

Her poem, “The Hill We Climb” concluded with this now immortal phrase:

There is always light,

if only we’re brave enough to see it;

if only we’re brave enough to be it.

Wow, what a challenge.

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If you’re doing a jigsaw puzzle and you can’t find a spot for the piece in your hand, what do you do?

Do you give up?

Do you try to force the piece to fit?

Or do you put that piece down and pick up another one?

Sometimes in life, we go through seasons where nothing seems to fit.

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Today, we remember Martin Luther King Jnr and are inspired by his life and words.

One of my favourite quotes of his is,

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

Not tomorrow or next week.

Not when you feel like it.

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At church this past weekend, we were reminded by our Pastor of James 1:19, which says,

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

It’s a simple quote from a long time ago that has never had more relevance.

Too often we are desperate to be heard.

We think that our opinion is more important than others.

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