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Lesson Nine. Expressing a silent tribute

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Nick Norris. A great family man and inspiring leader.
Nick Norris. A great family man and inspiring leader.

On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was destroyed over the Ukraine killing all on aboard in what was a global tragedy.

My uncle Nick Norris was a passenger aboard that flight, along with three of his grandchildren. For me, continuing the 10 City Bridge Run has become a silent tribute Nick’s legacy because of his influence on my thinking. Nick was a fiercely independent thinker who challenged what was possible through his ideas. Nick’s legacy remains a driving force to keep me moving forward when the journey gets difficult.

Lesson Eight. Keep moving forward

Lesson One: Feel the frustration that the journey is not yet complete

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Every day is Mothers Day, but especially today

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Out the front of our old house, many years ago...
Out the front of our old house, many years ago…

Can we ever thank our mothers enough for the gift of bringing us safely into the world?

Life is not always one big party, but it is wonderful to stop and remember all of the good things that we share, and all the reasons to be thankful for our mothers.

I have enjoyed watching my friends on Facebook record their journey as first time mums. It is a wonderful to experience their joy vicariously. Today, for all of you, I hope it is a very special day.

Mothers Day is not universal to this date. Iran was last week, Thailand is 12 August, and on it goes. And neither should it be limited to only one date. Every day should be a reason to say thank you.

So today, to my Mum especially, thank you.