Can I pull back the curtain for a moment?
Yesterday nearly did me in.
In keeping a Promise to the Audience and my important client, I have paid for it over the last 30 hours, as I am now stuck in my bed, icing every part of my body, after doing an event outdoors.
The set up was ambitious – 4,000 people gathered in an outdoor rodeo stadium. Stage set in the middle of the arena, on the dirt, with great sound and screens for my powerpoint, yet not enough room for me to sit and speak for this one. No shade in direct sunlight, it was 7:30-9:30 AM in the sun, in my black clothes, waiting on stage to begin my speech. I had to balance on my good leg which really hurt my hips and other body parts. By 10:30 AM I closed the speech, received a generous standing ovation, and slinked to my car after 3 hours in the sun. My leg was throbbing, my head pounding, sweat covered every inch of my body.
I have only left my bed a few times in the past month since my leg injury, and since it can’t bend for a few more weeks, have to pick and choose when and where I can push myself.
Yesterday I pushed myself. To the limit. It was physically the most challenging event I’ve ever done, and I have more horror stories of tough events than most speakers and performers I know.
But as I got in the car, ice on leg, and breathed in the AC, I was filled with gratitude for the chance to share The Promise with 4,000 new friends. I was in excruciating pain. We drove out of the arena past attendees, who had also been subject to the sun and heat, waving and yelling thank you as I waved back and smiled. I felt someone there needed to hear the message, and more than anything perhaps, needed to prove to myself that I could do hard things still, even with this dang leg injury.
This experience with my leg has opened my eyes to the suffering, the injured, the people who experience challenges seen and unseen. I am so grateful for the suffering, as it is teaching me to live better, and feel more love for others. It is a true blessing. Few things have shown me how to live life better, and live The Promise, at a greater level.
If you’re suffering, I admit it, embarrassed, that before this, I may have said a quick prayer in my heart for you and that was it. But now, my heart has grown. I see you. I feel it. I’m sorry. And I’m with you. Grateful to be on this journey with you. Let’s share a crutch. And I can honestly say: You’ve Got This. Keep The Promise.
Thanks for coming to my JASxTalk.
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Photos above by: Brandon Cash
Photo by Josh “Big Show” Hewlett
~ Jason Hewlett
Husband, Father, Writer, Mentor, Hiker
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