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                                Goodness Gracious… Duncan!

Good afternoon dear reader & welcome to my world for another week. Last Saturday Duncan garner wrote an article in the Dominion which suggested superannuation changes would put his generation @ war with his parents. Not only did he contradict himself, more than once, but really, what a load of rubbish. Fortunately others like Tracy Watkins in the same newspaper were significantly more balanced on Monday.

This week we experienced one commentator suggesting doom & gloom, primarily for himself, & the other quite correctly I suspect speaking of the inevitability for the decision & current lack of sustainability for current system. My mate Duncan even agreed with her at one point, however, regretfully he was back to his selfishness & self-centeredness with suggestion he is going to war with his folks…

Ultimately, when it comes to ones future, rather than spending borrowed money on “booze & holidays” as he acknowledged he had done, people tend to fall into one of two categories: those who panic about the future & those who do not think about it enough. We are constantly faced with the future & having to make decisions, many of which may well effect the rest of our lives.

But the reality is, most of us do not really know what we want to do, where we want to go or who we want to be! Whilst we are free to plan out the next 50 years of our lives, much of this planning will be a waste of time I suspect, because there will be something else in store which we never thought of.

So, the objective then is to focus mostly on who you are, not on what you do. You may be the best person in the world @ something, but if you do not develop the character required, someone else will be up the job before you. And being flexible ~ you be totally certain about your future or what you are going to be, however, if something else comes along we should be ready to roll with it. Remember, we can never see the big picture all the time.

We should never forget also, success usually comes @ the end of a struggle; if it came easily, everybody would be experiencing it. When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts, reduced prices or ‘special deals’. The value of anything is determined by the price you are willing to pay for it. And when you truly value something, you will not easily jeopardize it because you remember what it cost you.

Your concern should be regret you did not try! As we move upward in life, there will be certain people who will resent your success; this will be true if you are arrogant or not. We all want to be liked, but at some point you have to ask yourself, ‘How much am I willing to forfeit in order to be liked & accepted’?

Advancement often brings isolation & criticism. Can you handle it? Not everybody can.  But if you are the kind of person dear friends who cannot sit & watch while others play the game ~ go for it. You will be rewarded for every step of faith you take & every sacrifice you make. Conversely, you could borrow some money to spend on “booze & holidays” & then whinge away about going to war with your parents. Good gracious Duncan, I though you could come up with something better than this one…

Thank you for taking the time to be with me once again. I hope my journey may encourage you also. This is Kenn Butler in Paradise, Nelson, with my best wishes for your week ahead.

Kenn Butler
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