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?