“Motivation? Give someone the gift of optimism — and make sure to package it with the magic of enthusiasm!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
We lost a good man over the weekend, a tower in the Canadian golf industry, Ian Webb.
Ian was a PGA professional & the Chief Operating Officer of my home club, Credit Valley Golf and Country Club. He succumbed after a short, brief and brutal battle with glioblastoma, a very aggressive form of brain cancer.
Ian well knew the end result of his diagnosis – essentially, there is no recovery. The Canadian golf community and his friends knew the reality
Even so, they rallied around him on social media, in the community, & on the golf course, under the hashtag #Webbystrong . Look it up!
It was a powerful, numbing, inspirational effort, as Ian was given moments of joy, flashes of inspiration, instances of deep love and affection. He knew who his friends were!
Read this article, which a good friend wrote about Ian’s view of the #Webbystrong campaign: “The Late Ian Webb On #WebbyStrong: “For Me And My Family, It’s Been Overwhelming And Incredibly Humbling”
I think everyone knew the gift of optimism was a stretch in this case, but that’s the thing about people who care: they rally! That’s because throughout their lives, at moments good or bad, people need the spirit of support.
The only way – and the best way to do that – is to share with them a sense of relentless optimism. There’s always a potential upside ; there is always a better path. When you share that optimism, yon need to do with all the enthusiasm you can muster.
Even when there isn’t, sadly, as it was in this case. Even so, the Canadian golf community, family, friends and club members shared a small hope of optimism. As evident as it was that the optimism was misplaced, it didn’t matter, beause at the end of the day – and at the end of his life – Ian saw it for what it was – an outpouring of love, support, respect, and unwavering friendship.
R.I.P Ian. You will be missed.