Diamonds in the Rough
By Rose Scott
“ Explorers of the Nile “, which I recently read, is an interesting account of the discovery, between 1856 and 1871, of the source of the Nile – The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure. What is significant are the risks and responsibilities that explorers like Livingstone, Speke and Burton took and the courage and perseverance needed to achieve their objectives. It is pioneering souls such as these that have forged their way ahead over the centuries – it is their triumphs and endurance, demonstrating amazing personal growth that has gone down in the annals of history.
Physical and mental challenges are a way of life – how we cope with the resulting stress, often over long periods is important. We can either burn with bitterness and anger – or transform ourselves. When we are in a situation where there is no light at the end of the tunnel the only option is to carry on regardless. In hindsight we realise that it is during these periods that we grow the most. Wisdom is attributed to those that have lived long enough to acquire it – the greatest part of being wise is understanding that the only way round a problem is through it. Certainty replaces the hope that “this too