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by David Ellis

Every now and then I’d like to share some thoughts with anyone who’s interested. Content? Well that depends on my inspiration the moment before I put pen to paper (old school I know)

It won’t all be stream of consciousness - some things may have been stewing in my mind for some weeks - maybe I should have said nurturing or maturing - don’t want you thinking this is a load of old rhubarb!

I broke my left hip in April. Did a really good job of it. Some adventurous skiing in The Rockies, a euphoric moment as I committed to a fabulous jump - and seconds later, my femur had punched through the back of my hip. Ouch!

As I limp around and reflect upon my momentary lapse of judgement, I’ve had plenty of time to analyse that impetuous urge that led to my current state of incapacity. And strangely enough, I’m okay with it.

I like to think that I’ve been a very happy and positive recovering patient and this has really perplexed my kids. Why isn’t Dad miserable as sin? Frustrated that he can’t run, jump, climb and swim ( sounds like a tampon advert).

And the answer is - I think every once in a while we should take that leap of faith, even though there is the possibility that the outcome could be…well, quite painful.

Of course, I’m not advocating throwing caution to the wind or careless behaviour - it’s just that sometimes, if you want to move forward, it requires that leap of faith. Nike cottoned on to this over 15 years ago - their ‘Just Do It’ strapline is now an intrinsic part of their brand.

We live in cautious times and businesses and organisations now lack the confidence to act in quite so cavalier fashion - and yet, it is in times such as these, that I believe that we should be more adventurous - or should I say creative? For me there’s many similarities between the two words - both require exploration, invention, commitment and risk-taking.

And even when the outcome is painful? Well I’ve learned a lot about myself and other people as I’ve hobbled around these last two months. Just because I’ve been on crutches, doesn’t mean to say I can’t achieve things -as I struggled to the top of High rigg in the Lakes last week, a fellow hiker commented as he saw me scramble onto the summit cairn on my hands and knees - “Throw the rule book away lad - who says you can’t climb mountains on crutches?”

You don’t have to break a hip of course to reach your summit!

Mark

(Happy Birthday Dale)