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On Being Resilient Despite the Obstacles

courage making choices resilience Apr 21, 2011

Obstacles…what obstacles...?

On Tuesday morning my year plan was mapped out before me.

On Tuesday afternoon I visited my ENT surgeon to discuss my chronically infected tonsils. He had a good look, and yes, they will have to be removed under surgery on 12th May. The recovery will take at least 2-3 weeks and be very painful, he said. This was a terrible understatement. Thankfully I didn't know this at the time.

For the rest of the day I was sad about this. But the next morning I woke with renewed conviction that this was merely a stumbling block. I had to walk with walking sticks until after surgery on my knee joints. I had to fix this chronic infection so that my knee joints could be replaced by surgery in June. I had to get through the tonsil surgery and recover before my knee surgery. With the impending launch of the Resilient Leadership Community, I had to find a way around this. I would work hard to get all my meetings and hard work done before the 12th May. Then during my recovery I would get all my reading and writing done.

This pattern felt good. Then I could see how I would get through the 2 knee joint replacement surgeries, and their minimum 3 month recovery phases, and get all my work done so that we could finish this project. The launch and its follow up WILL happen, it will just take even more project management than I envisaged.

And, dare I say it, I will have to be very, very resilient!


[Photo by Cameron Venti on Unsplash.]

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