It’s certainly been a ride. The last 18 months have been something else, with all manner of personal and professional set backs. There have been times when I have felt like I’m a passenger in a particularly gruesome rollercoaster ride with no ability to get off or change direction. It’s not a nice feeling.

I’m now at something of a cross roads, I have an opportunity to advance my career, sort my health out and deal with what’s really important (or at least what should be important) before its too late.

I’m the kind of person who tries to learn from every experience (please note the use of the word tries!) and I have certainly learned some lessons recently. For me, the most important one is to try and not get blown off course or distracted. You need to keep a laser like focus on the wildly important and no matter how tough things become you need to keep plodding forward.

It’s taken me some time to reach this moment of clarity and I cannot claim to have achieved this all on my own, I have a lady on LinkedIn to thank for this. A connection of mine shared her post, a post where she told her connections that her career was over as she had lost her fight with terminal cancer and that she was close to death. Despite the awful situation that she found herself in, there was no self pity in her words, no anger, no recriminations. Just an acceptance of how things had played out and a sense of satisfaction for a life well lived along with gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon her along the way. I am not easily moved but I have to say that I was blown over by her bravery. I can only marvel at the courage it took to press send on that post. As I said, I don’t know this individual and have never met her but if I ever had the opportunity I would give her my sincere thanks for making me sit up and think.

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