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I noticed on my morning walk today that the giant pile of Pandanus leaves on my neighbour’s front yard was gone… Strangely I had gotten used to seeing them there over the last few months and it looked somewhat vacant without them.  It took me back to the days when I lived in Far North Queensland and there were giant mounds of green matter stacked high in every suburb after a cyclone passed, waiting to be picked up by council.  Sometimes this could take weeks and the putrid fumes would escalate in the intense summer heat.  I got used to seeing and smelling them over the time they sat silently reminding residents of the power of Mother Nature.  I was often surprised when they were eventually cleared leaving a vacant brown spot and a few discarded leaves on someone’s front lawn.

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This time of the year many people are working through the resolutions they made at the end of last year, many of which will quickly become forgotten or purposely ignored.  These resolutions are often chosen based on a sense of obligation or duty – something we (or someone else) feels we “should” do.  As a result, our good intentions rarely make it past the first month of the year and we are often back to square one before we know it…   If we were to make choices based on things that we truly wanted, our commitment would be much greater and chances are we would succeed.  

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