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We’ll miss you when you’re gone.

Your intelligence and insights.

Your resilience during the tough times.

Your genuine celebrations of the success of others.

Your encouragement and inspiration.

Your ability to develop innovative solutions to challenging problems.

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There is value in scarcity.

The Michelin star restaurant is able to charge much more than McDonald’s.

A Rolls-Royce is much more valuable than a standard family car.

People pay more for an artisan made beer or sausage than a mass-produced equivalent.

And then there is you.

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We need volunteers.

We need people who are no longer willing to be spectators.

We need people who are able to put their heart and soul into their work.

We need people who don’t need to be asked, but who take the initiative to get involved where they see a need.

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There aren’t too many more magnificent sights in nature than an eagle swooping down on their prey.

It’s a wonderful combination of power, grace and precision as the talons reach out and they catch their next meal.

But before an eagle swoops, they need to see the opportunity.

They use their extraordinary vision and focus to see their prey from high in the sky.

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Before a builder starts erecting a house, he marks out the lines of the property.

The larger the territory that he marks out, the larger the house that can be built.

And before you start embarking on the journey to achieve your goals, you get to mark out the lines as well.

You get to dream big dreams.

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Someone, somewhere, needs what you’ve got.

It may be your expertise that they need.

Or perhaps a word of wisdom that changes their perspective.

It may be your story that resonates with them and inspires them to keep going.

Or perhaps it’s a warm smile and a kind word of encouragement.

There’s chance that it’s just your uplifting company when they’re feeling down.

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I don’t know what your past looks like.

It may have been full of joy or great sorrow.

You may have fond memories, or painful ones.

You may look back with great pride on your achievements, or reflect with disappointment and regret.

Or like most of us, you may be a combination of all of the above.

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A lot of people have jobs, but not many have found their true calling.

A lot of people are good at what they do, but not many are great.

A lot of people can read, but not many do.

A lot of people can identify problems, but not many can solve them.

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In his most recent book, The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life, Pastor and writer, Erwin McManus writes:

I do not believe anyone is born average, but I do believe that many of us choose to live a life of mediocrity.

Let that sink in for a moment.

We all were born with unique gifts and talents.

We all have the potential to do wonderful things that make the world a better place.

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One of my pet hates is when a person tries to write the word definitely, but ends up writing defiantly.

Seriously people, can’t you see the difference?

It upsets me greatly and it’s my life’s work to stamp out this mindless craze.  OK, that may be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.

Having got that rant off my chest, it also occurs to me that there are times when writing defiantly works (if inadvertently).

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