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Today is the first day of the AFL season here in Australia and is a very exciting day for me.
Richmond versus Carlton.
Clash of traditional rivals.
Ding, ding, ding!
I support the Richmond Football Club, and every year, I fall into the trap of looking forward to the season with great hope and enthusiasm.
As a passionate sports fan, I enjoy watching the press conference after the game to see the response from the winning and losing coaches.
Some rant and rave about umpiring decisions.
Some bemoan their bad luck.
Some take the blame for any losses, but give the credit to others for any victories.
Some do the opposite.
Today I want to encourage you to care more:
About the people you work with and those who work for you.
About the standard of the work that you are producing, especially when no-one is watching.
About the kind of role-model that you are for your kids.
About your local community.
A warrior feels fear, yet still goes into battle.
A warrior has doubts, yet still has faith.
A warrior spends hours in mundane practice, so that on the battlefield, the basics are done instinctively.
A warrior knows that there is more to learn from defeat than victory.
A warrior is calm in the chaos and resilient when under fire.
The following prayer has been attributed to legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake and when I saw it recently, it was too good not to share:
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim. Read the rest of this entry »
So many choices.
Will I smile at the other drivers in the busy school carpark?
Will I encourage someone who looks dispirited?
Will I help someone in need of assistance?
Will I cheer my kids on in their endeavours?
Will I pray for someone?
Will I laugh at myself to make someone else smile?
Last week, we had a new addition to the family, with Winston the golden retriever joining our clan.
He is a beautiful bundle of joy who spends much of his time sleeping and the rest of his days ambushing our other goldie, 2 year-old Dusty.
Of course, she is much bigger than him and swats him away like a fly, but he keeps coming back for more.
He gets knocked over and gets straight back up again with his teeth bared in mock aggression.
He runs frantically around the dining room table and tries another angle of attack.
I’ve met many extremely talented people in my time.
Some were extraordinary musicians, some phenomenal athletes and some were just super-smart individuals capable of remarkable work.
I’ve also met more than a few people who, like the rest of us, aren’t blessed with obvious natural capabilities.
They didn’t stand out in school.
No-one was in awe of them from a young age.
People didn’t expect great things from them.
But from the talented few, not all of them went on to achieve great things.
Some people have an all or nothing mentality.
If they don’t know that they can win, they don’t play.
If they can’t give it 100% of their attention and energy, then they give it nothing at all.
If they can’t change everyone’s minds, then they don’t bother speaking at all.
And as a consequence, we get nothing happens a lot more than we get all.
But what if you had an all or something attitude?
The world seems very angry at the moment.
People are angry at each other.
They’re angry at the other guy.
Fearful, suspicious and distrusting.
Let’s change that.