I hung up my phone in silence. What an incredible conversation I had just had, the first with this person and the first of many more to come. I had not really known what I was getting into except that I knew I wanted to hear her story. That is where it started.
‘I have had cancer six times…’ ‘I am not a victim…’ ‘I am a victor…’ My guest on the phone, her first name is Sharon, is definitely a victor! In her life that has been marked with cancer, she refused to give up. She now speaks all across the country giving hugs, spreading hope, sharing information. People wait in line for hours to receive her hugs, her handshakes, her smiles. Did she learn how to do this overnight? No. She was taught by that sternest of teachers there is – Life. Is that cliche? No. It is what we all do, every day. Her teacher had a bigger ruler, however.
On our way to leadership we are learning our lessons, whether they be about life in general, having fun with our children, baking cookies, and cakes, and suddenly serious health issues, leading into financial traumas can come in to teach; we are the granite that needs to be chiseled into something more beautiful. We can only learn enough for one day at a time and somehow years pass. Hopefully, my lessons will be as beautifully lived, as excellently sculpted, as Sharon’s, full of amazing grace.