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How to Appreciate Your Mother

December 12, 2013

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It’s 3:33am. A few hours ago, as I was getting ready for bed, I got a text from my father that he was at the hospital with my mother and she was getting ready to undergo emergency surgery. She had been sick for a couple of days with what everybody thought was a stomach virus, but it turned out to be something to do with a “kink” in her intestines and they had to act fast to keep it from bursting.

I called back and he was in the hospital with her, waiting while the surgery room was prepped. He put her on the phone and I asked her how she was doing.

“I’ve got strength for the journey,” she said.

You Never Know What’s Next

Are you ready for your next challenge?

Lots of people think they’re ready, but you never know until you get there. Alternatively, ordinary people can do extraordinary things when put in the right situation.

I think about the people of NYC and how they came together during 9/11. Even for people outside the city, in areas that weren’t directly affected, those attacks helped us to see each other’s humanity…at least for a little while.

Remember the extra respect firefighters were getting around that time? People would pull over when a firetruck came by and the hot Christmas gift for kids that year was a special FDNY edition of Fisher-Price’s Rescue Heroes toys.

When my own city, Nashville, was hit with a 1000-year flood in May 2010, some amazing things happened. I wouldn’t want to go through that again, but there was a lot of good as a result. Few things get you closer to your neighbors like the common bond of a flooded home and no water to drink.

There is good in everything, especially challenging times.

Personal development legend Jim Rohn used to say, “Don’t wish it was easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge; wish for more wisdom.”

And how do you get better, have more skills, and develop more wisdom? Challenges.

Beyond improving yourself, challenging times also make you appreciate “normal” — a good night of sleep, a peaceful city, dry ground, your mother…

Embrace your challenges.

Update From the Hospital

What they expected to be a three to four-hour surgery was completed in 90 minutes. Everything went well. She’s currently in the recovery area, waiting to get checked in to her own room, where she’ll stay for another five to eight days.

How About You?

If you’ve learned from a challenging time and would like to share your experience, feel free to add it in the comments section below. Alternatively, if you’d like to contact me directly, the best way to do so is @davidhooper on Twitter.

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