THE SUN IS SHINING
by Joe Bonura , CSP
The Weather Was Bleak
The weather was bleak and overcast as I was flying my Cessna 210
out of Bowman Field Airport in Louisville. I had received word the
day before that my advertising agency had lost our largest account.
Rain, Rain Go Away
The rain started to pour just before takeoff. We took off from
runway 19 with the rain pounding on the windshield and the wind
kicking the Cessna from side to side. The turbulence was moderate
at first, and then became worse as we climbed. The plane was shuttering
and bobbing up and down.
Suddenly we broke through the top of the clouds at 10,000 feet,
and the sun was shining bright above the ocean of clouds. It was
a great reminder that no matter how bad the storm, the sun is still
shining above the fog of rain.
I especially needed that lesson because it raised my spirits.
My company was going through a tough time, but if I kept flying
and did not give up, I would break through the adversity, and the
sun would shine again. I did not give up, and 12 years later, the
ad agency was the second largest in Louisville, Kentucky. We broke
through the clouds, and the sun was shining.
From Sunshine to Rain
Last February when I returned home from a speaking engagement
in Hawaii, my wife picked me up at the airport. She informed me
that our daughter Ann had received the results of her mammogram,
and they were not good. Ann was told that she needed to have a biopsy
to see if the spots were malignant. One week later she was in surgery,
and the results showed that she had breast cancer. Sometimes the
storms in life are far more devastating than the storms of mother
Attitude Determines Altitude
Her attitude throughout her ordeal of chemotherapy, hair loss,
and radiation was an inspiration to thousands of people. Here is
a link to the video she did when she started to lose her hair. She
had a hair shaving party with several friends and relatives present
to lend their support.
Click here: Annie's
Hair Shaving Party on Godtube
Helping Others Cope
I have also included the most current blog she shared with her
friends and family. She is now cancer free and actively helping
cancer patients with their physical fitness and nutrition. She has
turned the word disease into "at-ease" for herself and
many other men and women.
Click here: Caringbridge
Trust the Instruments
Pilots know to trust the instruments when flying in situations
with no visibility. As a parent, going through Ann's ordeal was
not an easy thing to watch. I remembered the day that I flew out
of Louisville in the storm and how great it felt when we broke out
of the clouds. I decided to trust the instruments, and so did Ann.
© 2015 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.