The Gift of Resilience

As we approach the end of this year, I find myself reflecting on the state of our world affairs and how the word ‘resilience’ springs to mind. It reminds me of a story about my friend, a narrative which I believe encapsulates the essence of my final blog for 2023.

Let’s call my friend Mick.

Mick had always wanted to surf Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. A number of years ago he made it. He got himself onto a paddle board, paddled his way out with his son swimming alongside him and caught a wave. His family and many onlookers from the beach were in combined states of awe and tearful joy.

You see, Mick was a strapping young man. However, in his twenties he developed a condition that essentially fused his spine. He can walk but he is not very mobile and has had lots of pain in his life. Pain levels have improved as medicine has improved but not the mobility. Despite this he trained hard in the gym to improve his balance and then he gave it his best shot and he pulled it off. I have always admired him for his bright outlook on life, his can-do attitude. He never stops surprising me.

And then there was this.

On day two he was on the board again. Got into the wrong position and face-planted on the board. As he came out of the water, blood all over his face, his brother told him his nose was not in its rightful place. What did he do? He went back into the water and shoved his nose back into place. He was not wanting to worry anyone further because of all the blood and the looks that were already on their faces.

Mick, you are awe-inspiring.

So, if things get tough for you this festive season, I hope you can find the resilience to pull through. You might not know it, however, there is always someone observant enough to know of your pain and they will be admiring you for digging deep.

Holiday Cheers to you and your family.