The tale of the three little pigs is a great moralistic fairytale describing how foresight and a bit of resilience can avoid you being turning into proverbial bacon. Personally, I prefer a more modern version of the tale where the third pig loads his shotgun and, when the wolf asks to be let in, blows him away to kingdom come. Either way, planning helps. While you may not be able to spot every trial, there are some things you need to do it you ever want to be able to achieve your dream.
Had an excellent conversation with a young patient yesterday who dreams of playing professional rugby. As a result, he was able to convince his parents to invest in a knee operation to treat in injury that would have otherwise sidelined his career. He should make a full recovery and be back on the road to achieving his vision in the next few weeks. The comment that got my attention was “I want to have no regrets”-if you have ever read the first few entries in this blog, you will know that is one of my aims in life. He will probably go far-especially with parents who believe in him as well. He was aggressive with the trial that came his way- he boiled the proverbial water while it was coming at him down the chimney. We need to the same with our trials-face them, think up an innovative solution and act on the problem.