One of the first things you notice when you visit New Zealand is the images of ferns everywhere.
From wall murals in the airport to the sports teams’ jerseys, the fern is ubiquitous with the country, specifically the silver fern.
At the most obvious level, you could assume the Kiwi obsession with fern has to do with the fact that the North Island is covered with them. But the silver fern represents more than just lush greenery.
To me, it’s a reminder that it’s what’s underneath that counts.
Because from the top, the silver fern looks just like any other fern – it’s when you flip it over that you see why it’s special.
Which seems a lot like us sometimes.
You go through something awful only to discover you had the tools to navigate it all along.
Your strength shows through and sets you apart from the rest.
Which is why the silver fern is so special – it helps people navigate in the dark. If you break the stalk and turn the palm upside down, the underside reflects light – highlighting the path ahead.
Most of the time it’s just a fern. But when you need it – then it’s what it keeps hidden that counts.
The same goes for our success.
The road to who we want to be isn’t always clear and sunny. But the difference between those who make it and those who stop short isn’t education, looks, or talent. It’s none of the things on the outside – it’s your determination, focus, and willingness to keep going.
It’s the stuff you keep hidden underneath. The stuff that helps you keep moving forward when you feel blind and lost.
It’s what shines through when you’re broken, bent, and upside down.
So go there. Find out who that person is. And draw on your strength and talents to see you through.
Because you’ve got a gift to share.
Be free. Be brave. Be YOU!