Severely dehydrated and suffering from a debilitating joint disease that left his hind legs motionless, Frostie, a baby snow goat, was off to a bad start in life.
Fortunately he found himself at Edgar’s Mission animal sanctuary in Victoria, Australia. Founder Pam Ahern and her team refused to give up on the kid they named Frostie and created a mobility cart he could use to get himself around. Within a couple of days he was happily bounding along and playing with the sanctuary’s other baby goats.
Frostie’s resilience made it into the mainstream media as his story touched the hearts of millions. A few days later, Frostie was able to run around without assistance.
Then, he died. His spine was riddled with abscesses and it was a miracle he’d lived as long as he did, let alone with such joy and spirit.
Pam Ahern said her experience with Frostie reminded her to “seize every minute of your life as the most precious gift there is, use it wisely and lovingly for you never know if it is your last”.
It got me thinking about my life and where I’m at and I realised there were places where I was still playing a small game. I was spending more time in the stands, watching the action of others, instead of getting my arse on the court.
So I did something about it. Together with my partner, Tracie O’Keefe, we started a group for socially conscious business owners and entrepreneurs, called the Extraordinary People Club.
It’s for those of us who want to grow our businesses, ourselves and make money, while making a positive difference to people, animals and the planet.
It’s funny how things come full circle: in 1997 we started a small publishing imprint called Extraordinary People Press to publish our first books before being picked up by mainstream publishers a few years later. It feels right to embrace the extraordinary again.
We’ve scheduled our first meeting – Extraordinary Networking – in Sydney at the end of July. We’ve no idea who will book tickets and turn up or how it will play out. It’s a bit scary, actually. Putting your head above the proverbial parapet always is.
But I don’t want my legacy to be one of ‘She was good at waiting around watching others change the world’. So I’m stepping up to the challenge, feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
I’m wondering if any of this resonates with you? Are there areas of your life where you’re hiding in the wings?
I saw this quote by Ray Bradbury recently, which really hit home:
Until you spread your wings you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.”
I think Frostie would agree.
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Image: Courtesy of Edgar’s Mission.