I am sitting here in our Blue Rocket office here in sunny Margaret River.
I had a surf this morning on a brand new board at 5am and have spent the day speaking to clients about the various ongoing breakthrough projects we are implementing with them.
And I know Leigh sent out our usual update the other day, but something happened to me the other week that I have been waiting for the right moment to share with you.
And for some reason I just know that today is the day.
It was when I was last in Sydney on my way to the airport heading home after an action packed week with clients.
Here’s what happened.
The cabby’s name was Christopher and he was originally from Africa.
He was locked up with Nelson Mandela 35 years ago and detained as a political prisoner.
After being imprisoned for several years enduring malnourishment, torture and extremely harsh prison conditions, he was released and sentenced to home detention then escaped via a network of removilist truck drivers in Africa where he sought asylum in an Australian embassy.
Upon arriving at the embassy he was granted asylum and safe passage to Australia.
So after 3 days of his release from prison he was told by this Aussie in the Australian Embassy.
“Don’t worry mate your’e safe here, just take a seat over there and I’ll get you some dinner”
He described the feeling to me as “like the chains being unlocked from around my body” this as we were on our way to the airport from the my luxury hotel in Sydney.
His words to me were…”people in this country don’t know how well they have it…you really can have anything you want” when he spoke I was immediately reminded that he was right.
He told me he was a close personal friend of Mandela’s and I instantly knew it was the truth. He said Australia is a great country and I shook his hand and told him he was the wisest taxi driver I have ever met.
He went on to tell me he spends his Anzac day driving various diggers from their homes to the various services around Sydney whilst feeding them cakes, sandwiches, biscuits and cups of tea – all prepared the day before by his wife – all done for free as his way of saying thank you to a country he is eternally grateful for.
And what does this have to do with you?
Well, it’s that feeling of gratitude that reminds us of just how easy life is for us (certainly by comparison to Christopher) and it gives us perspective that’s often lost in the fog of everyday mayhem.
I am grateful for having met Christopher and I know Chistopher’s words will stay with me for many years to come and for that I am also grateful.
I am also grateful for you and others like you who continue to be our clients, read our updates and attend our events.
I guess thanksgiving was a couple of weeks ago (and I know its a US thing) but sometimes it really is a good feeling to simply say thanks and be thankful.
Have an awesome day.