I was on a leadership development course with work all of last week.
It was pretty intense- lots of group activities and the like, but the one thing that really impacted me was a motivational talk by VICTOR VERMEULEN.
He was a provincial cricketer and was set to play for SA, when he had a diving accident at the age of 19. He broke his neck and was paralysed from the neck down.
Basically, all he can move are his shoulders and his head.
His mom has to brush his hair, feed him, change tv channels for him, turn him at night..
The things I took from his talk were:
“When good things happen to us, we seldom say – “Why me?, why are these incredible things happening to me- what did I do to deserve such great opportunities?”. But when bad things happen, the first thing we do is moan and walk around with a long face”.
He also made me realise that no matter how bad you think life is, there is ALWAYS someone worse off than you.
For example, he met a kid who was also paralysed from the waist down, but was blind as well.
His positivity and enthusiasm for life were truly an inspiration to me.
He has written a book- which I fully intend to purchase, called “The Victor Within”
I know it may sound corny, but it has made such a difference to my everyday “wellness.”
I scratched my car yesterday- usually I would have been upset about it, but I’m so grateful to have my limbs, my mind, my job, my family, my husband… the list could go on forever.
So, before you let something small get you down for the day- think of those worse off than you, those who make the best of the life they have- and SMILE