“When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you”.
I had the privilege of attending my work’s second annual “Connections Day”. I talked about the first one back here.
It is basically a day that is all about our clients and helping them connect with each other – share their experiences since what they are going through is similar and hard for others to understand. Its not about drumming up business for ourselves.
I got to sit back and enjoy the conference this year, as last year I was the organizer.
Every time I go to a conference of any kind, I try to find at least one or two good things that “inspire me”.
Well, often my clients inspire me, although some more than others I will admit. And it is rare I walk away form a conference without some new little epiphany – since I am always seeking one.
This year I was struck by something a young man said. He was the son of a man who had been in an accident and suffered a brain injury and was going through all the changes and recovery grief with his family.
Someone was mentioning how challenging it must be to be “the son”. The reality is, it is challenging to be the son, the daughter, the spouse, the mother, the father, the sibling, the friend…and the survivor.
His response, while acknowledging the challenges was “I desire the positive so much in my life. I choose to take an optimistic view”.
I LOVE that. I CHOOSE to be optimistic. I DESIRE the positive.
What an example of a beautiful philosophy in life. This young man is going to have a great life with an attitude like that.
I’m so glad to have the opportunity to learn from him.