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Published: 26 Dec 2007 - 21:55 by raystrach

Updated: 22 May 2008 - 09:45

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In my younger days, when I had a young family and a struggling business, I played Squash, not only for the pure enjoyment of playing, but also as a kind of escape. The pure competition that you experience in playing Squash was liberating!

At this time of year, the Christian celebration of Christmas, for me it is always a time of reflection. Reflecting on what has happened to me and my family and to the myriad of projects I always seem t have on the go at any one time, and what is happening to others here in Australia and in other parts of the world.

I often say, that those in Australia  do not know how lucky they are. We have a prosperous country, personal freedom and liberty, relative wealth and plenty of opportunity. Sure, there are those who are disadvantaged, but they fall into the great minority and the vast majority of those are covered by a reletively generous social safety net.

Whilst I have always been thankful that I have a loving family, I am realistic to know that not everything will go my way and have had my share of successes and failures in my business and professional life.

My Squash life has been different. My Squash life has been one continual success. Not the kind of success that saw me win any big titles or, at times sees me flat out  beating even those I once considered mugs. It is the kind of success that by just playing means I am winning.

I have been blessed with a talent that is probably better in some ways to Squash talent. It is a talent for trying. Yes, a lot of friends and aquaintances think at times that I am very trying. Yes, you have heard that one from me before but I urge all Squashgame readers to go into next year giving the game of Squash and life in general, a real "go". Give it your absolutely best shot.

Look at all the things in life that you have and be thankful for them. There are more than enough people in this world who are flat our getting enough food to live on a day to day basis, let alone worrying about how their Squash game is progressing.

Take what you have and make the most of it. You may be a little like me and have not all that much Squash talent to start off with. But with the right attitude you can achieve your goals. Not everyone can be a world champ, but you can win your own championship contest by fulfulling your goals.

But don't stop there.

Take this same approach to your daily life. If each of us can make a small difference in the world, it will definitely be a better place.

Use the holiday time ahead to make small changes for the better, in your own way, So that those who are less fortunate than ourselves might be a little better off this time next year.
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From raystrach - 22 May 2008 - 09:45

hi all

i am glad some people actually get something out of it. long may it continue.

thanks for taking the time to comment.

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From kansquash - 21 May 2008 - 23:14   -   Updated: 21 May 2008 - 23:15

Hi Ray,

Your blog goes a long way to help beginners and the game itself.



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From kklteh - 22 Apr 2008 - 22:51


Had a tough day at work and at home. But reading your blog just reminded me about how lucky I really am here in Australia. Thanks for that.



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