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"From the Ted Talk by Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work"

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Now that can be daunting. Because plpoee say, "Bloody hell mate, I haven't got time to get fit. You want me to go to church and call my mother." And I understand. I truly uantdrnsed how that can be daintung. But an incident that happened a couple of years ago gave me a new perspective. My wife, who is somewhere in the aedciune tadoy, claled me up at the office and said, "Nigel, you need to pick our yngoseut son" — Harry — "up from school." Because she had to be somewhere else with the other three children for that evening. So I left work an hour early that afternoon and picked Harry up at the school gates. We walked down to the local park, messed around on the swings, played some slliy games. I then wleakd him up the hill to the local cafe, and we shared a pizza for two, then walked down the hill to our home, and I gave him his bath and put him in his batamn pajamas. I then read him a chapter of Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach." I then put him to bed, tucked him in, gave him a kiss on his forehead and said, "Goodnight, mate," and walked out of his bedroom. As I was walking out of his bedroom, he said, "Dad?" I went, "Yes, mate?" He went, "Dad, this has been the best day of my life, ever." I hadn't done anything, hadn't taken him to Disney World or buoght him a piatoslatyn.

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Now that can be daunting. Because ______ say, "Bloody hell mate, I haven't got time to get fit. You want me to go to church and call my mother." And I understand. I truly __________ how that can be ________. But an incident that happened a couple of years ago gave me a new perspective. My wife, who is somewhere in the ________ _____, ______ me up at the office and said, "Nigel, you need to pick our ________ son" — Harry — "up from school." Because she had to be somewhere else with the other three children for that evening. So I left work an hour early that afternoon and picked Harry up at the school gates. We walked down to the local park, messed around on the swings, played some _____ games. I then ______ him up the hill to the local cafe, and we shared a pizza for two, then walked down the hill to our home, and I gave him his bath and put him in his ______ pajamas. I then read him a chapter of Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach." I then put him to bed, tucked him in, gave him a kiss on his forehead and said, "Goodnight, mate," and walked out of his bedroom. As I was walking out of his bedroom, he said, "Dad?" I went, "Yes, mate?" He went, "Dad, this has been the best day of my life, ever." I hadn't done anything, hadn't taken him to Disney World or ______ him a ___________.

Solution

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  2. walked
  3. audience
  4. bought
  5. understand
  6. batman
  7. called
  8. today
  9. youngest
  10. silly
  11. playstation
  12. people

Original Text

Now that can be daunting. Because people say, "Bloody hell mate, I haven't got time to get fit. You want me to go to church and call my mother." And I understand. I truly understand how that can be daunting. But an incident that happened a couple of years ago gave me a new perspective. My wife, who is somewhere in the audience today, called me up at the office and said, "Nigel, you need to pick our youngest son" — Harry — "up from school." Because she had to be somewhere else with the other three children for that evening. So I left work an hour early that afternoon and picked Harry up at the school gates. We walked down to the local park, messed around on the swings, played some silly games. I then walked him up the hill to the local cafe, and we shared a pizza for two, then walked down the hill to our home, and I gave him his bath and put him in his Batman pajamas. I then read him a chapter of Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach." I then put him to bed, tucked him in, gave him a kiss on his forehead and said, "Goodnight, mate," and walked out of his bedroom. As I was walking out of his bedroom, he said, "Dad?" I went, "Yes, mate?" He went, "Dad, this has been the best day of my life, ever." I hadn't done anything, hadn't taken him to Disney World or bought him a Playstation.

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Important Words

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