Do a Treasure Hunt on Your Life

Josh Wood

In the course of my work, I am fortunate enough to meet people who are much smarter, more accomplished and more courageous than me; people who teach me, inspire me and challenge me to explore and develop my own potential and to be truly grateful for what I’ve been given. Today I met such a person.

This morning on my radio show I interviewed an amazing guy called Josh Wood (pictured). Without even knowing it, Josh smashed my audience and I over the head with the reality stick and reminded us that we all have much to celebrate, much to be thankful for and much to do with what we’ve been given. In 2000 Josh (a somewhat-crazy snowboarder) tried to jump his snowboard eighty feet over a road (as you do), with the end result being a broken neck, quadriplegia and a prognosis from numerous doctors that he would never walk again.

Of course I’m going to tell you that Josh proved the experts wrong but I’m also going to tell you that thirteen years down the track he still battles with constant pain (serious pain) and numerous other physical challenges. Despite his ongoing struggles, Josh is infectiously positive, empowered and resilient, spending much of his time coaching and encouraging others to defy the odds, to face their fears and to be anything but a victim. He also snowboards (good grief) and rides a Harley! We shouldn’t need it but every now and then we all need a little reminder of the blessings in our lives.

If you think you don’t have much to celebrate today, I have a question for you…

Can you walk? ;)

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Eric West | Friendship Society February 11, 2013 at 1:16 am

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are. I can walk, I’m healthy, and I have enough food to eat and clean water to drink. That’s pretty damn lucky if you ask me. Many people in this world are not so fortunate. We often take these simple things for granted, it would do us well to take a few minutes to celebrate these things once in a while.

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Love in India February 11, 2013 at 1:27 am

Thanks for the timely reminder Craig, and thanks also for making us conscious once again of the fact that such miracles happen because people make them happen.

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Despoina February 11, 2013 at 4:40 am

Great story. I wish we all had his courage. Thank you Josh for sharing your amazing experience.

God bless you.

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Linda February 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

thanks – again Craig, now and then we need a slap round the head like that, and that was very timely for me today…..

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Sandy Fishwick February 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

thank you,thank you,thank you,thank you,thank you,
I needed the reminder that life is good.

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Donna February 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

Great story Craig. Sometimes i ask myself why I get up at 5.30 am and go for a run and I saw someone in a wheelchair the other day and thought to myself – “because I can!” Arent I lucky!

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Nikki February 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

It blows me away how many amazing people there are in this world! How many people who fail to believe and accept the hand they’ve been dealt. People who turn their negatives into a positives and look for solutions.
I am usually always grateful for the treasures surrounding me because I have so many :-)

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Mel February 11, 2013 at 9:50 am

Thank you Craig and Josh. You made me cry, you touched me and that’s a great thing :) .

Love Mel

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Trish B February 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

Couldn’t agree more! We are so blessed with the opportunity to have good health and a good life, and we so often take it for granted and whine about nothing. Thanks for the reminder, Craig.

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Kath February 11, 2013 at 11:14 am

Hi Craig, I was listening to your show yesterday (as I do every Sunday when out for a run). It is hard to find the right words to express how it made me feel. It was moving, inspiring, and every other word like that. Josh sounds like an amazing person, as does his mother…i’d love to hear her story as well. Thanks for sharing their story. I hope Josh does get regualr work in the coaching, mentoring field…we all have a lot to learn. Kath

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Gayle February 11, 2013 at 11:33 am

A message for Josh, I think you are the poster boy for the youth of today. What you have done has certainly brought back to me the “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it” that Craig espouses all the time.
I watched your TT Interview and listened to the interview Craig did with you. I think there is alot we could all learn from you and your tenacity. I wish you well with all your endeavours, you deserve every good thing that comes your way, you have worked for it.

Thanks for sharing this Craig.

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mike February 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Josh

Please don’t encourage your protegees to practice foolishly dangerous risk-taking routines.

Safety and prudence are good lessons in themselves.

mike
denver colorado

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Annonyfem February 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Would love to hear this interview. Is it available somewhere for those who missed it?

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isaac February 12, 2013 at 1:37 am

Miraculous story, makes me appreciate the things i have in my life despite the challenges.

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