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Joseph Addison once said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

I know it seems obvious, but do we act on it?

We live in a world that increasingly requires us to utilise our brain effectively and dynamically.

But are we developing our mind so that we can optimise our capability?

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My footy team, the Richmond Tigers are the reigning AFL premiers after an amazing 2019, but they’ve had a sluggish start after the 2020 season has kicked off again.

As a fan, what do I focus on, the big win, or the poor form?

Life is full of wins and losses.

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A couple of nights ago, Seth Godin wrote, “Creation plus persistence can lead to recognition. But creation without recognition is still a worthwhile endeavor.”

We all want recognition.

We strive to be noticed.

We want others to thank us for our contribution.

But what if we don’t get that reward that we want?

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When you watch a skyscraper being built, they don’t seem to make much progress.

Day after day, you look up and they seem to be at the same stage of construction.

“Meh, they’ll never finish,” you think to yourself as you walk away.

Then one day, after a few months, you raise your eyes to the heavens and it’s all finished.

That’s how success is built.

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Tonight’s post is a wonderful poem, written by the poet of the people, Edgar Guest:

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

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One of the unexpected benefits of this recent pandemic has been being forced to do nothing.

We haven’t been able to socialise.

We haven’t been able to to play or watch sport.

We haven’t been able to go out and about.

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When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

Are you kind and generous with your assessment, or are you fixated on your faults?

Do you smile, or furrow your brow?

Do you believe in your capabilities, or do you still have your doubts?

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It’s easy to be an optimist when everything is going well.

When you’re on top of the world and the view is clear, you can puff your chest out and feel good about life.

But what about when you’re in the valley?

When you’ve just lost your job?

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Annie Dillard once said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

What did today look like for you?

And how does it compare with what your dreams are for the future?

And if there is a large gap between the two, what are you going to do about it?

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A typical Sunday night conversation with my wife goes something like this:

Me:  “I’m looking forward to work tomorrow.”

Karen:  “Really?”

Me:  “Yes, it sure beats the alternative.”

Here’s the truth of the matter.  If I don’t anticipate it and focus on the positives of work, then I’ll most likely dread it.

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