“Life is one great adventure and you have it in the power of your mind to make it the greatest adventure of all time. You only have one life, so it is up to you to make it the best you can. My life has been stupendous and it just seems to keep getting better and better, it is only now that I realize why. It's because I have always had mindset energy – the will and the determination to get up and go.
Our energy determines how we feel, how we think and how we act. These three together make up our attitude. By choosing a positive attitude, you create positive waves of energy, which attract more of the same so your positive choice sets you on the path to a fulfilling, happy and prosperous life.
Dare to Live will help you to realise that you do have choices and you can lead a successful and fulfilling life. Its powerful stories will show you how to make the best choices possible to be able to reach your goals and make your dreams come true.”
During a camping trip in the Zambezi Valley with her daughter and other friends, Diane Carter decided to sleep on her stretcher outside the tent as it was hot.
“At 10 minutes before midnight I was jerked to wakefulness by the sound of the scrunching of bones and the most disgusting smell. Confused and disorientated, at first I didn't know what was going on, but I soon realised that the bones being scrunched were my bones, as a hyena bit into my face and hand and started dragging me up the steep slope. I screamed and screamed, fighting desperately as though my life depended on it – which I suppose it really did – and thinking that my end was insight! It must have been only a few seconds before the brute, realising that he'd bitten off more than he could chew, let me go and vanished into the night. As I knelt in the dirt, the blood pouring from my face, I realised that my hands and feet still worked and that I could still think so I must be all right!
I was actually a bit of a mess. My eye was in my ear, my ear was hanging off, my face was a bloody pulp, my thumb was nearly detached from my hand and my arms were torn to shreds.
My son-in-law, Trevor Gilbert, and a friend picked me up and carried me to the thatched A-frame, where they sat me in the light. My daughter Jenna and her friend, Kim, then proceeded to put me together, cleaning up all my wounds and bandaging them. What a dreadful thing for a daughter to have to do for her mother, but both she and Kim managed superbly. Luckily, Trevor is one of those people who have to have the best of everything and so his first aid kit was the best on the market. It included saline drips, which were used to clean all my wounds.”
Having to deal with several challenges en route, Diane was driven to the hospital in Kariba and subsequently airlifted in an air ambulance to the Avenues Clinic in Harare.
“Upon my arrival at the clinic, things went pretty much according to the TV soaps, where I was handed over to the doctors and plastic surgeon, x-rayed, prepared for theatre, operated on, and then sent to the wards.
I am sure that I was on half the prayer lists in the country upon my arrival in Harare and probably most of the others by the time I was in theatre. It was incredible how quickly the news had spread. I do believe that I am living proof that prayers are answered. From the moment that hyena let go of me, everything was positive.
Fourteen operations later, I am amazed at my recovery and cannot believe how good my face is when I look back and remember how mutilated it was. My eye socket was reconstructed, using the mucus membrane from my mouth, so that it could hold a glass eye which looks fine but doesn't see too well.
Much worse things happen to other people. I am still alive. My injuries could have been much more horrific. The response of my family and friends, and total strangers was wonderful. The prayers, support, good wishes, flowers and gifts given to us by so many were unbelievable. People raised and donated, what I considered to be, vast amounts of money to help toward my medical expenses. This I found very difficult to accept as I had always been one of the people who organised this sort of thing.”
“When something horrific happens to you, it makes you stop and take stock of all that you have. It enables you to put things into perspective and to realise what is important in your life. So often we take everything for granted and don't appreciate all that is good in our lives. We let little things niggle us, tend to be judgmental and let things get out of proportion.
Pull yourself up short. Think about your life and all you have to be thankful for. Focus on what is important. Show your gratitude. Dare to survive.
You don't have to go through trauma to have a survival attitude and a positive mindset. Remember that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. You have the ability to respond and therefore the ‘responsibility' for your life. Our past responses have brought us to the place where we are at now.
Is it a place that you like to be in or does it need changing? You can change your life if you really want to. Live life positively. Dare to survive, thrive and lead a wonderful life.”