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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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Everyone-experiencesTom went to visit his mentor Dwyer for his weekly catch up.

It was obvious that the younger man was troubled by something, so Dwyer asked him what was wrong.

Tom explained that he had experienced a tough week.  He’d had an argument with his dad, he felt hurt by something one of his friends had said and he had missed out on a promotion at work.

“So what should I do now?” he asked.

Dwyer looked at Tom and said, “Did you know that meerkats eat scorpions?”


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It-doesnt-matter-if-youOnce upon a time, there was a shepherd who had 10 sheep.

Every night, they would happily sleep in a field together, until one night something went wrong.

When the shepherd came to gather the sheep in the morning, there was one missing.

The next night the nine remaining sheep went to sleep, but once again, when the shepherd returned in the morning one was missing.

The sheep were getting worried, so the next night, Seamus the sheep kept one eye open to see what was happening.

What Seamus saw was astonishing!

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Yes-there-are-risks-inTom was visiting Dwyer for his regular catch up.

He was unsure about the future and wanted greater certainty about the next step.

“I know that it’s what I need to do, but what if it doesn’t work?  What if I fail?  What if it’s an unnecessary risk?  What if I’m better off staying where I am?”

Dwyer looked at his protegé with a smile and asked Tom, “Have you ever seen the wildebeest migration?”

“The what?”  Tom responded.  He was used to Dwyer’s strange questions, but this one took him by surprise. Read the rest of this entry »

Its-great-to-pray-ItsA farmer and his family were experiencing a period of extreme drought.

In frustration, the farmer gathered his family around the breakfast table and prayed, “God, please make it rain soon, we so desperately need it to survive.”

After he had finished, the farmer got up from the table and went to leave the house.

“Dad, where are you going?”  his 6 year-old daughter asked.

“I’m going out to inspect the damaged crops.  Why?”

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We-werent-born-to-beTom was feeling frustrated when he caught up with his mentor Dwyer for their regular chat.

“I just feel as though I have no control over my life at the moment.  My parents are telling me one thing, my friends are telling me another.  Everything keeps changing and I’m not sure what I should be doing next.”

Dwyer nodded his head and left the room for a moment, returning with a chess board.

He set it down on the table between them and motioned for Tom to start.

They casually exchanged a few turns without any real intent, before Dwyer spoke for the first time.

“In the game of chess, who are you?”

“At the moment, I feel like a pawn.  I’m limited in my movement and don’t have much ability,” responded Tom. Read the rest of this entry »

Battery-hens-merelyTom went to visit his mentor, Dwyer, in his small cabin on the edge of town.

“What do people need to be happy?” Tom asked.

“What do you think?” Dwyer asked back.

Tom thought for a moment.

“I think that if people have their basic needs met, you know, food and a place to live, and if they are safe from harm and have a job to do, that should be enough to keep them happy.”

Dwyer frowned.  Clearly he disagreed.

The old man jumped to his feet and marched to the door, beckoning his young friend to follow him.

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