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Good afternoon dear reader & welcome to my world this week. Over the holiday season, whilst I am typically a prolific reader, it is @ this time of the year I truly relax & enjoy. I am currently [also] reading:   Don't Worry about the Robots by Dr Jo Cribb and David Glover
This book is one where the discussion centres on the eternal push for change & growth being promoted. Ironically, pretty early on, two pages alone the mention of “the need to change” for future generations 16 times. Really, everyone will need to change! Really? It appears to me some people are glorifying the pace of change. Regretfully, we are all different & many simply cannot accept this continual pace which we are all exposed to. The results are becoming obvious.
So this week my friends I intend to be rather brief. My inspiration comes from the following quote:
“All I can say is this, forgetting what is behind me & reaching [some say straining], out toward what lies ahead, & I press on toward the goal to win the prize”.  [1]
The analogy I wish to leave you with today dear reader is, strangely enough, rubber bands. As you will appreciate they must be stretched to be effective. Anybody who achieved anything worthwhile has been stretched to their limit. There are no exceptions.
Many people think success is for clever people or to do with some ‘special something-or-other’ you just do not have. This is not true! Success comes when you are willing to try, you give it your all & allow yourself to be stretched to meet the challenge.
Now I accept, stretching can make you vulnerable; when you pull a rubber band really tight; there is always the chance it is going to snap. Is this why often we are afraid to stretch & do something new? One should not however worry, we are all more flexible than we think.
Here is an example of how the criticism process usually works: Dr Jonas Salk, who invented the vaccine for the terrible disease polio, received loads & loads of flak from other medical professionals who did not appreciate his pioneering work.
He found the criticism came in three stages. First they will tell you; ‘It will not work!’ Then, when you begin to succeed they will say: ‘What you are doing is not really important!’ Finally, after they see it is in fact important they will say, ‘We knew you could do it all alone!’
So what now my friends? With all the pressure & stress we are witnessing today, let us be a rubber band & show everyone what you can do with our lives. However, it certainly does not need to be @ the mercy of “the need to change”. There other ways ~ your way…

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 the 2019 year ahead, as many are returning to the workplace. I look forward to being with you all again next week.

[1] Philippians 3: 13-14

Kenn Butler
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