“When bad things happen, we all have a choice.”By Olivia Ruello | Sep 09, 16 09:05 AM
Business Chicks CEO Olivia Ruello shares a timely reminder …
My mum is a hard worker. She raised four kids singlehandedly after my dad died suddenly many years ago when my siblings and I were just 11, nine, seven and 18 months old.
Mum is a nurse and lives in regional Western Australia. And when she recently told us she was planning a holiday, we knew it was a big deal because she so rarely takes them. She was so excited about her trip to Karijini National Park in the Pilbara with a few of her friends. They set off this week on the lookout for wildflowers and Aboriginal rock art, then down to Ningaloo reef to camp.
So when I got the call four days into her trip that she had taken a bad fall and was being flown down to Perth with the Royal Flying Doctors, my heart broke. She’s okay – non-life-threatening injuries, although she did a lot of damage to her shoulder and needed surgery – but for a few minutes there we didn’t know what was happening. I was extremely worried about her, but I was also just so sad and disappointed as she REALLY deserved a holiday and had been looking forward to this experience for so long.
One of the things I love most about my mum is her ability to just get on with things. When I spoke to her for the first time yesterday, all she could say was how amazing the nurses were and how the Royal Flying Doctor Service is remarkable and wonderful. She didn’t for one minute say ‘poor me and my ruined holiday and extremely hurt shoulder and bruised body …’ – she only cared about the doctors and nurses that were looking after her and that my siblings and I were okay.
It’s a lesson for us at work or just in life more generally; you absolutely can’t control a lot of the things that will happen to you or are thrown at you, but you can control how you choose to respond. That doesn’t mean life is always going to be sunshine and rainbows, but it does mean you have the power to control how you feel and how you lift yourself up and get on with living. That has certainly been a timely reminder for me this week.
Please give your mum a hug this week for me! Mine is five hours away and I wish I could do the same.