We all know these friends, neighbours and colleagues. Sometimes they are subjects of the news story about someone across the street, across town or across the country, reminders demonstrating resiliency, their will to live notwithstanding sad odds, to survive and thrive no matter how bleak their days or diagnosis – serving as reminders we are all so fortunate to be alive, to have opportunity to thrive …
So easy to view our circumstances – feeling gloomy or sad, or to wallow in self-pity puddles because we don’t have health or wealth or good luck we see in others.
I’m not talking about courage to succeed as much as I mean courage to simply survive at all when life deals harsh cards, cruel news or the worst luck imaginable …
I cannot imagine what it would be like living life with those horrible hardships – you know, the really harsh circumstances which make us cringe, thanking lucky stars (or whoever, whatever we thank) for our good fortune.
We know it, we too could survive it all and carry on … because giving up is not in our DNA.
Next time someone else takes an opportunity we missed, wins a contest where we didn’t do our best, triumphs where we failed – rethink what you could survive.
Next time you read of someone’s miraculous recovery from injuries or disease to function again, against huge odds, rethink what you could survive.
Next time you see a down-and-out person on a street corner, rethink what you could survive.
Life is tough.
We ARE up for it.
column written/ published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 1C/34F, overcast and inky black at 5:30, birds chirping, light breeze, traffic very light and Gusta feeling very much back to normal – chasing a rabbit trail with great diligence while the rabbit was already a block ahead of us, amused I expect, at the lack of aggressive pursuit …