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Theodore Roosevelt once said,

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.

Many people want both.

They want ease.

Yet they yearn for greatness.

But the two are mutually exclusive.

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Our kids have gadgets galore.

Tablets, phones, laptops, fancy watches, kindles.

And every Christmas, it seems that their list of devices grows.

But do you think that they can remember to charge them?

Not a chance.

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We may be weary.

Our adversaries may be strong.

There may be times when our knees shake in fear.

The obstacles in our path may seem insurmountable.

We may feel alone and in need of help.

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I’m unsure if that new idea is going to work.

I’m unsure if that new person in the office will work out.

I’m unsure what tomorrow will bring.

I’m unsure if that was the best possible decision to get the best possible outcome.

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One of my favourite thinkers, Tom Peters, once said, “If I read a book that cost me $20 and I get one good idea, I’ve gotten one of the greatest bargains of all time.”

A great book is a great investment.

It doesn’t cost much to buy.

It costs nothing to read.

But the benefits can be huge.

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I’m reading through the book of Proverbs at the moment (as I do every year) and once again have been amazed by the timeless wisdom contained there.

I know, and respect, that not all of you guys share my faith, but some of these proverbs have universal application and I hope that they help you in some way:

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Every day, we get to make a crucial choice.

Will I have a positive attitude, or a negative one?

Will I find things to be grateful for, or to complain about?

Will I smile, or scowl?

Will I look for opportunities to do great work, or to do nothing?

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Passengers sit up the back.

They make snide comments about the driver.

They put their destination in the hands of the one they are complaining about.

Zero responsibility, maximum commentary.

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Confession time.  This is something that I’m terrible at.

I think of something that I know I should do.

Give this person a call, send an email, make sure that you don’t forget to acknowledge that milestone.

I hesitate or get caught up in the busyness of the day and then the moment is gone.

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The always clever Seth Godin recently said,

“Ideas, bread and books are all the same–they’re better when they’re shared.”

Of course, we can add to that list.

Those with a generous mindset understand that wisdom is better when shared.

As is a wonderful, uplifting story.

Faith is better.

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