Bear Grylls, Mark Ingles and attitude

I bought tickets to the ‘a Night with Bear Grylls’ fundraiser. I know. Weird.

Bear, and Mark Inglis, who is somewhat of a New Zealand hero, after becoming the first double amputee to successfully scale Mt Everest, gave us some insight into their attitude.

And what a good time to get an attitude adjustment.

I don’t know how to explain the impact of these Christchurch earthquakes, and of course the Pike River tragedy. Suffice to say, we’ve had a rough year and combine that with the tail end of a global recession that never seems to end, as a country, we’re tired and we are worried, and we are fed up.

There are some events in life that seem too big. How do you go about (quite literally) putting a city back together? How do you make people who have been through something like that EVER feel safe again? The impacts just seem to reverberate out, and cover so many people… It seems impossible to glue society back together in any way that isn’t far worse than what it was.

These are times when you need to hear from people who have faced their own Everests, and won, to remind ourselves, that as a nation, we are pretty darn good at building something from nothing.

It reminded me of a poem I heard on the radio a while back, that struck a chord.

It Couldn’t Be Done – Edgar A. Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

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