Determination “a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult”
Imagine someone who has had the goal of climbing Mount Everest for years. They’re now a hundred feet from the summit, only to be surrounded by a white out. They know the summit is so close, their goal at their fingertips, if only they can make it a little farther. They’ve waited all these years to make it! How determined do you think that climber will be to make it to the top? Pretty determined. Does he make it? Of course! He trained! He prepared!
Resilience “The ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens”
Patience “The ability to bear pains or trials calmly and without complaint, or to be steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity”
Flexibility “the quality of bending easily without breaking, willingness to change or compromise“
Diligence “the quality of being careful and persistent at one’s work or efforts”
Now, this Master Skill may not sound as sparkly as the other four, but it is just as important. As the chronically ill, we are constantly at work. I have had many people tell me that being a transplant patient is like a full time job, and it is! I spend most of my days on the phone, on the computer, filling out paperwork (either on real paper or online), answering emails, talking to insurance companies, calling pharmacies, and the list goes on and on and on. It never ends! If my life was not organized, I think all the administrative stress would kill me before my diseases would!! We as a community show a very strong work ethic because of what we’ve had to deal with, some of us all of our lives. We are responsible, organized, and hyper-vigilant in all we do. (Some may even call it “Type-A” or “Anal,” but I prefer to use more attractive terms…) We make good employees and organizers because we manage our lives well (and believe me – they do have to be managed). We are all Super Masters of Diligence. You’re Welcome, World! Your most qualified group of Party Planners has arrived…
So, there you have it. Now, you’re ready for your Grand Adventure. Did you know you were so well equipped? With this set of 5 Master Skills, there’s no way your Everest has a chance, now. Climb on. 🙂