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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT


Real growth, real life, comes when you stop making excuses and ask instead – what do I really want? and how do I need to be to have that?


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he young man had been having a bad morning, a night of sleep plagued by disturbing dreams had morphed into


a foul mood made all the worse by emotional hypersensitivity. Arriving at his favourite café with plans for some ‘me’ time to reset his jangled state his hopes were soon dashed by the persistent, and truly poor, harmonica playing of a beggar.


18 NOVEMBER 2014


Resisting the temptation to have a monumental and very public emotional outburst he reluctantly gave up on his plans and climbed back onto his bike for the ride home. Channelling his frustrations into the pedals he powered along the path through the bush, weaving in and out of the trees and bushes. Out of the corner of his eye he saw a man step out of the trees into his path, and it was only a reflex flick of the handlebars that saved them from colliding. “Hey slow down”, said the old man. Without thinking, and charged by the


emotions of the mornings events, the young man lashed out, “F@ck you!”. Turning to see the effects of his outburst, the young man was shocked to stare straight


into the bright eyes of the mystical old man he had met before. It was as if time stood still, one part of him wanted to tuck his tail between his legs and scurry away as fast as possible, pretending all the while, like a naughty school boy, that it just hadn’t happened. Another part, a grown-up part, slammed on the brakes and turned the bike around. The old man stood waiting for him as if he


knew all along that there was no choice but for him to come back. “I… I… I’m sorry”, stammered the young


man, “I’m having a bad day, I…” The old man held up his hands to silence


him, “These things are sent to test us”, he said simply.


These things are sent to test us


by A.C. Ping


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