Their val­ues shape us

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MANY OF US CAN­NOT BE­GIN TO IMAG­INE THE THE­ATRE OF WAR BUT TAKE MUCH FROM THEIR VAL­UES THAT ARE VERY MUCH PART OF OUR LIVES.

TO­MOR­ROW marks a very spe­cial date in the lives of Aus­tralians. One hun­dred years ago a bloody and hor­ri­ble war came to an end. An ar­mistice was signed end­ing WWI and while, sadly, we can­not say that the world has not ex­pe­ri­enced war again there is a true ac­knowl­edg­ment and un­der­stand­ing of what sac­ri­fices have been made along the way. The Cairns Post has been mark­ing the 100-year an­niver­sary with spe­cial con­tent cul­mi­nat­ing in the wrap of our week­end edi­tion to­day. We have also been giv­ing read­ers the chance to pos­sess a very spe­cial se­ries of 15 coins which cel­e­brate the val­ues of our Dig­gers. Many of us can­not be­gin to imag­ine the the­atre of war but take much from their val­ues that are very much part of our lives. United: Friend­ships, work­places or coun­tries can­not truly flour­ish with­out unity; each link know­ing its pur­pose and con­tribut­ing to the chain.

Con­fi­dent: With­out fan­fare, ar­ro­gance or shal­low­ness, con­fi­dence can achieve a new job, first date or a smash­ing cover drive for a first cen­tury.

Knowl­edge­able: Know­ing the tomato sauce is in the fridge even though “some­one” has had a man look.

Hon­est: Ad­mit­ting to your­self that you’re not los­ing weight be­cause one bis­cuit was re­ally the whole packet.

Dis­ci­plined: Get­ting up early ev­ery day; ex­er­cis­ing, cut­ting lunches, get­ting kids to school, go­ing to work and then re­peat­ing that day for 30 years.

Pa­tri­otic: Cheer­ing on your child’s soc­cer team ev­ery Sat­ur­day morn­ing when you’d rather be get­ting your hair done. De­voted: Wash­ing your hus­band’s favourite Cow­boys shorts weekly even though they’re paint splat­tered and torn. Dar­ing: Choos­ing a skinny cap­puc­cino when you al­ways have a skinny flat white.

Brave: Stand­ing in front of a room full of pro­fes­sion­als to tell your big idea.

Cu­ri­ous: Buck­ing the sta­tus quo and ask­ing a ques­tion. Why — it’s one of the most pow­er­ful words in the English lan­guage. En­dur­ing: Wak­ing up ev­ery morn­ing next to the same per­son who has snored ev­ery night of your lives to­gether. Loyal: The friend or loved one al­ways there for a cuppa when life has stuck a bay­o­net in your belly. In­de­pen­dent: A strong, vi­brant fouryear-old who wants to tie their own shoelaces. “I can do it my­self Mummy.” De­ci­sive: Know­ing when your life is at a cross­roads and there is no more time for words. Just do it. Re­source­ful: Turn­ing a gold pa­per plate, hair­band, ice-cream cup and twine into a schoolkid’s Mel­bourne Cup millinery piece of art. How grate­ful we are to live our lives.

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