Any­thing but or­di­nary

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT -

I have of­ten been in­spired by the ac­counts of Or­di­nary Peo­ple but Lisa Cox’s story (Aug 15-16) is the first one to mo­ti­vate me to re­spond. This amaz­ing young lady is clearly any­thing but or­di­nary. She is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple to oth­ers who are strug­gling with ad­ver­sity. To read how much Lisa has achieved, de­spite the litany of chal­lenges she has faced, and yet still main­tain an in­fec­tiously pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to life, is quite sim­ply awe­some. Her fam­ily and friends are truly blessed to have her in their lives. Don’t change, Lisa, and may your road ahead be paved with much hap­pi­ness and suc­cess.

Greg Moore, De­cep­tion Bay The very first ar­ti­cle I read each week in Qweekend is Or­di­nary Peo­ple. The column is thor­oughly en­joy­able but is some­thing of a mis­nomer, for none of those telling their sto­ries is or­di­nary. The in­di­vid­u­als in­vari­ably have faced chal­lenges, be that of back­ground, dis­crim­i­na­tion, health is­sues, op­por­tu­ni­ties de­nied, fam­ily is­sues and so on. There is never a straight road in any of these sto­ries – more like trails and paths that run off in all dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. The com­mon thread is that these “or­di­nary peo­ple” are hon­est in telling us about their chal­lenges and life jour­neys. A lot of these sto­ries are in­spi­ra­tional – look at “or­di­nary per­son” Lisa Cox. What a beau­ti­ful per­son, par­tic­u­larly in view of what life’s chal­lenges have and con­tinue to throw up at her.

John Wilmot, For­est Lake I have cut out the column about Lisa Cox and placed it on my re­frig­er­a­tor to re­mind me how lucky I am with the lit­tle ail­ments I have – what an in­spir­ing woman Lisa is, and af­ter all she has en­dured she still goes on help­ing oth­ers and learn­ing and im­prov­ing her ed­u­ca­tion and run­ning her own busi­ness. I wish her all the best for her fu­ture.

Pa­tri­cia Carlill, Hem­mant You are a beau­ti­ful woman, Lisa. How could you en­dure so much so young and come out smil­ing? What an ab­so­lutely amaz­ing per­son – you tore at my heart and made me think dif­fer­ently on life. Thank you, Lisa – you are a real credit to your fam­ily and so­ci­ety.

Pa­tri­cia Jerice­vich, Gat­ton

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