The following story is for anyone who loves a BIG comeback.
It may start sad but it ends very positive.
Last year, I heard from a close friend who has been a part of the Yeah Dave community for over a decade.
Her daughter was 37 weeks pregnant when she lost her baby.
To make matters worse, she had to sit in the hospital for several days before she could deliver the stillborn baby.
I remember getting the email from my friend which said in very plain language:
“This has been the greatest nightmare I could have imagined.”
It’s hard to know what to say in those moments when life is incredibly unfair.
As our doctor told me when my wife was in the depth of labor with our son, “Nature can be BRUTAL.”
God knows we’ve felt that. We’ve all been in a dark spot before. I call it the pain chamber. A few of you might be there now.
And we have little choice but to make a comeback, to get back on our feet, to keep going.
Author Mary Anne Radmacher wrote, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’”
Throughout much of 2015, I knew this same friend’s daughter was pregnant again. But I didn’t want to ask too many questions.
And then, just this week, I received another email from her:
“She’s here! I cannot tell you how relieved we all are. I had a wonderful Hannukah party for 30 people at my house on Friday and the next day…she had the baby! It’s all good.”
As my friend said after I congratulated her and her daughter on their beautiful baby girl,
“It’s not only resilience that has helped my daughter through, but also the support and persistence of family and friends.
“As a mother, I can say there is nothing worse than seeing your child suffer.
“I could no show weakness. She depended on my strength. There is a reason for everything.”
To think of all the emotions this new mom felt over the last two years. The impossible lows, and now, the most brilliant high.
With the help of family and “love” as your mantra, we always have the capacity to get back on our feet.
But we cannot forget that resilience is fueled by struggle.
Whether they are small struggles that only you know about, or something very deep and raw…the more you feel it, the more resilient you become.
Remember, nobody is particularly inspired by Mr or Mrs Perfect…
But everyone LOVES a big comeback.
And your’s starts NOW.