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Crossing a River for the Rose

2016-0330 Crossing a River for the Rose

Long ago, a co-worker shared a philosophy with me his dad had shared with him. According to the philosophy, “sometimes you need to stop and smell the rose.” At the time, I asked if he meant “smell the roses.” He clarified by telling me “at some point, there may be only one rose. My job is to find the rose and tell others how I found it so they can find their rose.”

Many years passed. I thought of the quote once in a while, but never really understood the significance of it until I was recovering from brain surgeries and cancer treatments. I could not walk well, I did not speak well, and I slept most of the day. Yet, I kept thinking about the rose.

Thanks DB for sharing the philosophy with me; it made a difference in my life. Through the Beyond Adversity blog, I am now helping approximately 700,000 people find their rose.

The following video made me think about the journey to find my rose.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.