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Anais Nin once wrote,

“And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to Blossom.”

You can’t remain as you are forever.

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Whatever you do today, find a way to connect with someone.

We may not be able to do it the way we used to, but find a way.

It could be with your best friend, a close family member or someone you haven’t spoke with in over 20 years.

It doesn’t really matter.

If you can have a coffee, do it.

If shaking (sterilised) hands is acceptable, go for it.

If you have to do it remotely, then pick up the phone or make a video call.

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Is there already a massive amount of water that is used to start an ocean?

If there was, wouldn’t it already be an ocean?

Or is one drop of water added to another drop?

And then another?

And another?

We want the finished product.

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It’s OK to be you.

Distinctively you.

Uniquely you.

Not a version of someone else you may admire.

Not a version of yourself that you think we want you to be.

You.

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Holocaust survivor and author of “The Happiest Man on Earth,” Eddie Jaku says, “Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It is up to you.”

Remember, this isn’t an ordinary person making this statement.

This is someone who has seen and experienced the very worst that humanity has to offer.

And he says, “Life can be beautiful.”

Whether life is going well, or not so well.

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Jasmine Star said, “I’m doing the best with what I have and that is enough.”

This is true for all of us.

If you’re doing your best, that’s all we can ask for.

And it is all that you can expect from yourself and the people around you.

So don’t compare.

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The world may seem dim.

Dark clouds may be hovering.

The future seems foggy.

There is far too much negativity and fear.

So bring the light.

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In times like these, it’s easy to compromise on what you expect from life.

To set your sights a little lower.

To settle for less.

To downgrade your dreams.

Today, I want to encourage you to maintain your expectations.

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It doesn’t cost you anything to have a good attitude.

You don’t need talent.

You don’t need luck.

You don’t need an education or special training.

You don’t need the people around you to demonstrate it.

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By the end of a long season, basketball and football players have all sorts of aches and pains and sprains.

But they push through the pain.

Over the course of a 42km marathon, every runner in the race experiences discomfort and dehydration.

But they push through the pain.

Great leaders and entrepreneurs agonise over decisions, suffer setbacks and can be criticised unfairly.

But they push through the pain.

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