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Being Grateful For What We Forgot We Had

What a sense of relief we all felt in Victoria this week as the COVID-19 Stage 4 restrictions, started to ease. For months now Melbourne has been a ghost town and there has been a real sense of gloom across the state, but on Wednesday we physically experienced some relief. So, congratulations to the people of Victoria for sticking with it and achieving such great results. Now we have to ensure that we remain vigilant.

Every Victorian and others across the nation, all have individual stories of heartache and lessons learned, as we have lived, and continue to live, with this horrible virus, but one thing that has really resonated with me is not how awful things have been, but how lucky and blessed we are to live in this amazing place called Australia.

The rest of the world is looking at us with envy right now, but sometimes I don’t think we really appreciate our freedom and our way of life and just how lucky we are.

I will never again take things for granted, like going to a restaurant, travelling, getting a haircut, visiting my family, etc. Because it is not until something is taken away from you that you really appreciate its value, especially freedom.

So, my simple challenge to you is to be grateful this week for who you are and what you have. Make a list of 6 things and people that you will never take for granted again.

And wherever you get it from, get your joy for life back, because only then will we be able to promote HOPE and bring about positive change.

Have a great week.


Des Penny - Co-CEO
Proteus Leadership


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