Reflections from an interesting week…

September 7, 2013 at 12:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“We learn the ropes of life by untying its knots.” – Jean Toomer

As I lay here writing this week with my foot up I am reminded of the quote above. Lets start this post a week ago, this time last Saturday I was preparing for our basketball semi final, excited for the game ahead and a chance to make the grand final that would be played on Sunday. This was to be my final weekend of representative basketball after playing in junior and senior teams for my local association on and off over the past 20 years.

To cut a long story short, in the second quarter with the game progressing as we had planned and our team playing well I felt what was like a massive thud in the back of my lower right leg as I took off to run. I immediately knew my achilles had ruptured as I lay on my back on the court, hands over my face as it all sunk in and with the pain being felt. This was definitely not how I saw this weekend playing out.

So many people over the course of that evening and the subsequent days since have assisted me in the process of rehabilitation I now begin. So with a boot on my foot I wait for surgery on the achilles next Wednesday. It has been a week of appointments, planning and rescheduling. It has been a week of looking after the leg, hopping around and getting used to the crutches. It has been a week of being grateful for all the amazing people in my life.

The theme of challenge and struggle has been one that I have been discussing with many lately. Some great speakers I have listened to in the past month or so have provided some incredible food for thought in this area. In an ever increasing culture of trying to eliminate challenge and struggle, especially from the lives of children, we must remind ourselves of its importance in shaping who we are, our thoughts, words and actions, and therefore allowing us opportunities to make a difference in our own and others lives.

I am of course ok. We live in an age of incredible expertise, technology and products that will mean that surgery and rehabilitating an injury like this is relatively straight forward. But more importantly, the connection we have to others mean that family, friends, colleagues and our Explore Discover Act clients have demonstrated amazing understanding, care and assistance that empower me within the process of navigating the various challenges and struggles we all experience as human beings.

The quote I started this post with is one of my favourites. I believe it is a beautiful metaphor for this journey we are all on. With all our best efforts, planning and preparation we can not eliminate challenge and struggle from our lives, but why would we want to? It is such a powerful teacher and opens us up to experience connection, opportunity, achievement, success, joy and love.

Have a great weekend!

 

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