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One of the books that I’m reading is Tom Morris’s, “The Oasis Within: A Journey of Preparation” and he uses the uncle in the book to tell the following story:

“Let me then tell you about a man who sought treasure his whole life – gold, silver, other precious metals, and jewels, as well as swords made by master craftsmen, ornate knives, and delicate, expensive artifacts like vases and beautiful small statues. He would go out in the world and do whatever it took to acquire such things, then bring them home and store them in an attic room over where he slept, to keep it all safe, and so he could be near his treasure.

“As he brought additional valuables home and put them in the attic, the floorboards would creak and groan loudly with the weight. But he continued to want more, and still more, and he worked hard to get it.”

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Timmy and Tammy loved playing the piano.

They both practiced hard and were getting better and better each week.

One day, their teacher had some exciting news.  There was a concert coming up and they both had the opportunity to play in public for the first time.

Timmy and Tammy looked wide-eyed at each other with a mix of excitement and trepidation.

“What would it be like?” they wondered.

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dont-give-up-too-soonSnowy was a beautiful little pony.

Since the day she was born, she had wanted to be a show jumping pony, just like her mother and every day she would pester her mother to be allowed to jump.

Eventually, Snowy’s mum decided that she was big enough and they went into the jumping arena together for the first time.

Snowy was very excited, but when she saw how big the jumps were, she starting shaking.

“I don’t think that this is a good idea.  I could never jump that high.  I think that we had better leave.” She said.

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you-are-useful-you-areCassie the cassowary lived a lonely life.

She would wander through the forest, eating fallen fruit, while other birds flew among the trees.

“Why can’t you fly?” they would ask.

“Your puny little wings can’t even lift you off the ground!” they would say with derision.

“You’re a disgrace to birds.” they would chirp before they flew away.

Cassie was feeling increasingly isolated and useless, so she decided to leave the forest for good.

As she walked free from the trees, she heard a deep voice from behind.

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bring-light-into-darkFred was having a bad day.

He woke up in a bad mood and wasn’t afraid to show it.

Bill was having a good day until he ran into Fred, then after hearing of Fred’s bad day, Bill started to have a bad day too.

Together, they met the smiling Martha.

She wasn’t smiling at the end of their conversation.

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you-want-to-make-aTom and Dwyer were on one of their regular walks when they came across a pond.

At the time, they were discussing Tom’s efforts to make a bigger impact with his work, when Tom bent down and picked up a small pebble.

He threw it into the water and watched the ripples spread.

“See?” he said to his mentor, “I want to do something that spreads, that influences a lot of people.”

Dwyer smiled, “You’ll need something bigger than that pebble if you really want to make a splash.”

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Do-we-take-the-risk-andTwo boys were on a walk in the forest when they came upon a frozen river that blocked their path.

They looked up and down the riverbank, but saw no evidence of a bridge to help them cross over safely.

Both boys carefully placed a foot on the surface of the ice and felt how slippery it was.

Then one of them started to tentatively walk across.

“What are you doing?’ the other boy asked.  “You’ll fall over!”

Crash, bang.

“See?  I told you so.”

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The-people-who-complainA man walked into the family room of his house.

“It stinks in here,” he announced before leaving and going into the kitchen.

“It stinks in here, too,” he said again and walked into dining room.

“And this room stinks as well,” he said, screwing up his face as he did.

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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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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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