Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Nando Parrado – a survivor of a plane crash in the Andes in 1972. You may have seen the movie Alive – a story of immense courage, leadership and endurance. Speaking to our leadership group in Atlanta, Nando assured us that he is not a hero. He never asked to be trapped in the freezing Andes for 2 1/2 months. He never wanted his mother and sister to die before his eyes. He, certainly, never wanted to be forced to eat his dead friends and family in order to survive. Yet, as the days, weeks, months past, the survivors knew that they needed to do whatever it took to make it home.

While we, as spectators, may fixate on the fact that they resorted to cannibalism in order to live, Nando offered a tail of leadership and endurance. According to him, as long as he was breathing, he would put one foot in front of the other to move towards their common goal: survival. As long as he was breathing, he would have faith that a higher force was looking after them. As long as he was breathing, he would access the source of courage and strength that we all have inside of us to overcome tremendous challenges.

All of us face challenges in our work, as parents, as spouses, as human-beings. Some challenges seem worse than others. We have all experienced times when everything was ripped away from us; and, we were forced to access our deep well of courage and endurance. Like Nando, we are all heroes in our own stories, taking one step forward towards our goals – even when they may seem impossible. As long as we are breathing, our innate wisdom continues to move us closer to our bliss. For that, we should be proud!

  • Beverlee Garb, Business Development, Biokosmetik of Texas



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