Just returned from Vancouver for Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Annual General Meeting and it has taken me this long to wrap my brain around the thoughts firing through my brain. It’s funny how often times the things that have the most impact on my life I have such as hard time finding the words to describe said impact.
I have written a lot lately about letting go of ego and I learned many, many valuable lessons this weekend. Don’t worry, my ego didn’t show up, it’s not that obnoxious – I was surrounded by people that have been fighting for this cause for decades… so my ego was checked at the door. My ego (and the rest of me) learned probably one of the most powerful lessons “we” will ever learn… what humility looks like.
Every person I met asked how I was connected to Cystic Fibrosis and almost without exception, I was humbled by their stories. The vibrant and animated elderly couple who have been involved with Cystic Fibrosis for 40 years – who have a double-lung-transplant recipient CF son. The determined and hard working mama who has 2 sons with CF… The tiny woman with the kindest eyes and sweetest smile with the well-worn picture in her wallet… her son had lost his battle and still she fights – fights to find a cure that won’t bring her baby back…. now that’s humility.
And so it went – the whole weekend I encountered these wonderful open-hearted individuals. Then, just in case I wasn’t “getting it” the Universe gave me one more dose of humility. The Chair of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Debra Berlet, was given Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She had no idea that she would be receiving this award and her shock and dismay was so endearing. Later, when I was congratulating her – she was dismissive – not in a ungrateful way – the work she does comes naturally to her. She said, as we were holding the award “This is Rowan, this is my kids, this is everyone’s kids – this is all because of them….” One more time for the folks at home – HUMILITY.