From the editor

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He took two punches to the head. Then there was con­cus­sion, play­ing so­cial foot­ball. His life changed for­ever. The first email from former jour­nal­ist Timothy Giles came with a de­tailed struc­ture, a sharply fo­cused strat­egy, spe­cific ideas. Noth­ing left to guess­work. But the words that cap­tured me came from the notes he’d made to him­self, lessons he had gleaned on the gnarly road to re­cov­ery from his in­jury: grat­i­tude — not in that way that word has been hi­jacked by sta­tionery mak­ers and life­style blog­gers — but in its sim­plest sense. Notes to him­self: keep cu­ri­ous!, kind­ness, re­silience, “learn to apol­o­gise”. They could be guid­ing wis­dom for any hu­man on how to live a good life. But for Giles, these words are very mean­ing­ful touch­stones. He took years, he said, to write about his ex­pe­ri­ence. His story is raw, mov­ing and coura­geous.

SARAH DANIELL sarah. daniell@ nzher­ald. co. nz

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