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"OUR CHOICES TELL OTHERS a lot about our values, what we think is really important in our lives. Come to think about it they also tell us a lot about ourselves. Sometimes we just don't get around to thinking enough about the things that really matter—until it's too late. After the Canberra [firestorm] disaster lots of people in bush suburbs were shown frantically clearing bush and trees that were too close to their homes. They were emptying cluttered gutters and taking away trailer loads of accumulated debris to help create firebreaks. Those who took last-minute action knew they should have taken preventative urgent, get put off until another day. At times like this it's great to see Aussie mateship is as strong as ever. Giving others a helping hand when they're doing it tough is one of our best national traits. But tragic times of loss are a powerful reminder of what is really important in our lives.

"Why is [it] that so many of us still invest our best into our businesses, our gardens, our homes, our hobbies, our sports, and give our leftovers to our family, friends, and developing our spiritual life? Put a smile on the face of God and become a better you by spending time developing your spiritual life this year. Make quality time with family and friends a top priority—you'll never regret it."

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