Grab life by the lapels

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“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.” Dag Hammarskjold, Statesman and Secretary-General of U.N.

This approach can seem like a tough ask. In some ways we are encouraged to be risk averse, to have water-tight plans and to weigh up all of the possible outcomes before taking action. ‘It’s better to be safe than sorry’ is wisdom that is passed down from generation to generation.

The problem with a life of safety is that it doesn’t reward us very well; emotionally, spiritually or financially. We live in a Universe governed by ‘cause and effect’ where to get substantial results we need to take substantial actions.

So let’s encourage our children to dream and to harness the power of their imaginations. Let’s instil in them the confidence to step out, to take a chance and to grab life by the lapels and shake all the opportunities out of it.

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