If you have read a blog or two over the years you’ll know I have a penchant for tongue-in-cheek titles. Today is no different. Yes, 11 days left in 2020. That is true if you read this today. If tomorrow, 10. I think we’re on the same page there. The ‘everything will be perfect’ part is another story. If you haven’t updated yourself on the Stockdale Parardox in a while, now is your chance.
Face the brutal facts. Move forward. We will win. It may not be January 1, 2021, but we WILL move beyond the pandemic. For now, we have some brutal facts to face including cancelled trips, separation from family and not being allowed to go to the mall. Ok that last one is really a solid gift from covid – from my male perspective. 😉
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end
—which you can never afford to lose —with the discipline
to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality,
whatever they might be.” ~ James Stockdale
We’ve all had some brutal facts to face in 2020. You face them and then make the next decision. When you lose a loved one you have to go through the same process. One of the decisions we made was to honour Chris’ memory with a memorial fund at Simon Fraser University. To date the fund has awarded over $21,000 and we’re just starting as this fund will never end paying out only the interest on investments each year. Congrats to each recipient and I encourage you all to continue to make decision after decision to ‘Be The Best’ as that is an amazing way to remember Chris’ body of work over his 17 years and push you forward toward your individual goals.
All the best for the Christmas week ahead.
Christian Friesen Memorial Award Endowment Recipients
|Genereux, Luke||2012-01-26||Scholarship||Spring 2012|
|Weselowski, Kevin||2012-03-14||Scholarship||Spring 2012|
|Clare, Samuel||2013-02-14||Scholarship||Spring 2013|
|Bosquet, Bayne||2014-03-27||Scholarship||Spring 2014|
|Vickars, Iain||2015-02-19||Scholarship||Spring 2015|
|Lashar, Jordan||2016-02-17||Scholarship||Spring 2016|
|Stroup, Jordan S.||2017-02-16||Scholarship||Spring 2017|
|Lashar, Jeremy A.||2017-02-16||Scholarship||Spring 2017|
|Lunde, Gregory||2018-02-15||Scholarship||Spring 2018|
|Terrio, Mackenzie B.||2018-02-15||Scholarship||Spring 2018|
|Turnbull, Tim||2019-02-15||Scholarship||Spring 2019|
|Hicks, Mason R.||2019-02-15||Scholarship||Spring 2019|
|Hicks, Mason R.||2020-02-25||Scholarship||Spring 2020|
|Way, Cameron A.||2020-02-25||Scholarship||Spring 2020|