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Week 9 – Choose to Find a Silver Lining in Every Cloud

Week 9 – Choose to Find a Silver Lining in Every Cloud
A silver lining can even be found in a cyclone. I know because the good people of Cairns in the far north of Australia showed me. The year was 2001 and sheltering beneath a table in my lounge room I experienced the full force of Cyclone Steve, a category 2 cyclone packing winds of 90 miles per hour. Following the cyclone Cairns’ residents were without power and water for four days. FOUR DAYS. The rivers either side of the town burst their banks flooding the highways cutting off Cairns from…

Week 1 – Stop Playing the Blame Game

Week 1 – Stop Playing the Blame Game
“No excuses Wells. Take responsibility for your life. Be a leader. Everyone, drop and give me 50 push-ups……except you Wells.” I was an officer cadet in the Australian Army and I had just been bawled out by the Regimental Sergeant Major on the parade ground for not having a regulation crew cut. My fumbling excuse that I had run out of time to get to the barber shop the previous afternoon was swatted away like a cloud of flies. I got bawled out a lot in those days– for forgetting…