Shot in the face and shoulder – less than a metre from the gunman
My life’s trajectory changed in an instant; a long journey of immense suffering, excruciating pain, and emotional turmoil unfolded.
In time, asking for help, receiving support from many quarters—none greater than my parents Alan and Eileen—and doing the hard work spanning more than a decade, I gradually rebuilt my life.
Over many frustrating years, I acquired hard life lessons throughout my recovery. One of those lessons remains with me on a daily basis when facing challenges and dealing with life in general. On the anniversary of the shooting, I have decided to share this lesson, which is a thought process, a technique to assist people, particularly when life becomes tough.
‘The 3-Part Thought Process’
Part 1: Learn from your past mistakes and leave them behind.
Anger, pity, and rumination are pointless, and cause distress. Learning from each mistake is empowering. Through not repeating them or choosing better choices in the future cultivated from your past mistakes, makes those mistakes incredibly valuable.
Part 2: Enjoy and truly embrace your present moment!
Be it walking in a green park, experiencing the sun on your back, the sweet scent of fauna all around, birds chirping, or skiing down a black run – think of nothing other than the enjoyment of this very moment with all your senses. Embrace with complete focus this time of happiness and immerse yourself in living this wonderful life moment.
Part 3: Plan and take positive steps to deal with inevitable changes to your future.
We will retire, battle health matters, and care for loved ones in their twilight years – it’s all part of the cycle of life. Don’t bury your head in the sand until these issues eventuate and overwhelm you. Plan and take action. Plan post career hobbies and activities. Engage in a healthier lifestyle through regular exercise and better food choices. Draft your will, EPOA, and End of Life Care Plan. Sound drastic? It is not! You will design a happier and easier future for yourself, and those whom you love.
Life is a journey; at times seemingly hard to enjoy. This ‘3-Part Thought Process’ saw me make great strides in dealing with the darkest times, unspeakable pain, turmoil, and disappointments. Adopting it will find you living a happier fulfilling life with much to look forward to daily and in the future.
On the anniversary of the shooting, this valuable hard learned lesson is my gift I share with you.
Daryl Elliott Green | Award Winning Speaker
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