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Miracle Story


Kenneth Ivory

The Expect A Miracle Gifts

Submitted into: Miracles of Friends Category,

On: 2008-02-19

The Expect a Miracle cards, are not cards, they are gifts of miracles, and they tend to work best when a miracle is most needed. This has been my repeated personal experience, time after time!

I was fortunate enough to first meet John and Judy Hinwood as a chiropractic patient about 23 years ago, when they were running the Underwood Chiropractic Practice. John handed me one of the Expect a Miracle cards was when I most needed to receive one. At first, I thought John must have lost his marbles and gone wacky, but with his permanently energetic and positive outlook on and in life, he has taught me, and repeatedly proven to me and my family that both he and Albert Einstein were and are right:

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein
expect-a-miracle card
I have found that the Expect a Miracle cards are gifts of miracles that do indeed work when we are prepared to live as though everything is a miracle.
One series of examples I have experienced commenced late in 1999. I was involved in a major court case between one of my companies and its former patent attorneys. Less than two weeks prior to the commencement of proceedings, both our Brisbane-based lawyers and financial backer had withdrawn from the case, leaving me stranded. I had received a letter from the other party's solicitors in Sydney which I could not make any sense of, so I went to the Brisbane Law Courts library with an Expect a Miracle gift in my pocket. I could not find my way around the library, so I asked a distinguished-looking grey-haired gentleman if he could help me find what I was looking for. He duly obliged, and when we found it, he read it, and then asked me why I wanted this piece of law. I explained the situation, and he asked me to go and have a cuppa with him across the road. I spent the next two weeks with this very kind and helpful gentleman, David Selth, who was a retired Barrister-in-Law and spent a lot of time researching and putting together a legal argument for me to read out seeking the leave of the court for me to be allowed to represent my company.




I duly turned up in court with one of the Expect a Miracle gifts in my pocket. My friend Leonard Whittaker was with me, and he also had an Expect a Miracle gift in his pocket. Unbeknown to me, Jon and Judy were sitting at the back of the courtroom, no doubt with dozens of the very powerful Expect a Miracle gifts in their pockets, adding to the power of the two Expect a Miracle gifts that Leonard and I had in our pockets. When called by the judge, I stood and very nervously read David Selth's prepared script. A few minutes later, the judge granted me leave to proceed, at least for the time being, in order to commence the case. What do I do now? I whispered to Leonard. I've run out of script. I don't know what to say next, or where to begin.

Do what you do best, said Leonard. Just get up and keep talking. If her Honor shuts you down, at least we got to sit here at the Bar table in the Federal Court of Australia this morning, and we know we have done our best! What more can we expect? I had no answer to Leonard's response, but my knees had gone weak, and I had to use my hands to rise to my feet again. I was half-way up when John tapped me on the shoulder and said, Ask for a 15- or 30-minute adjournment. There's a barrister sitting at the back of the room who I think will take over and represent you free of charge – no win, no pay. By this time, I was mentally blank, and I can't recall what I said to the judge, but I was granted an adjournment, which ended up lasting for two or three hours.

John later advised me that while he and Judy were sitting at the back of the court room waiting for proceedings to commence, Judy nudged John and whispered, Isn't that Peter Gwozdecky? Peter was John's mate from Chiropractic College days in Toronto, Canada back in the mid-1970s, and by a miracle John managed to keep Peter out of the clutches of the authorities following an amazing stunt that Peter, who was a world-class trick water-ski champion, performed behind a Toronto Island ferry boat one night. That night, Peter had said that he owed John a big favor, but after graduation in May 1977, John hadn't seen him again until that fateful day in the courtroom of the Federal Court of Australia some 22 years later, although John knew that he had decided to make a career change and had just become a Barrister-in-Law. John passed a card to the person sitting next to him and asked them to pass it on person-to-person until it reached Peter. I assume it was one of the Expect a Miracle gifts. Upon receiving John's card, Peter looked around and John signaled for him to join him out in the corridor, where John explained to him that I was a friend.
Peter explained that he had a small case coming up in the Federal Court, and was there to see how that court worked. He had been expecting another case that he wanted to listen to, but he hadn't bothered to check the listing, in which case he would have found that it had been moved to another courtroom, and so Peter had found himself listening to my company's case. Yet another miracle! Peter agreed to do what he could to help, and so once he had obtained an adjournment for a week or two, we took the files over to his chambers. Peter kept telling us that he was not sufficiently experienced, and did not think he would be able to be of much help to me, nevertheless, we left him with the files and the next morning I found a message on my mobile phone from Peter who said that he and a fellow barrister mate of his wanted to meet with Leonard and me as soon as possible.
We met with Peter, who introduced us to a slightly more senior barrister, Frank Santini, who had apparently been a barrister for about 6 or 12 months longer than Peter. They went back to court and obtained another adjournment until after the Christmas recess, which gave us time to find a solicitor to help put a case together. Another miracle! Over the next few months, which included many days of very long hours that often extended into the early hours of the following morning, Frank became an appreciative convert to chiropractic adjustments on the floor of Peter's chambers. Frank had agreed to run the case if Peter would help him, and was also acting pro bono on a no win, no pay basis. Yet another miracle!
They then introduced me to a solicitor, Mrs. Mary Salama, who also agreed to represent the company on the same terms. Yet another miracle! All of a sudden, when I needed help the most, right at the 11th hour, I had received first a gentle tap on the shoulder telling me to ask for a short adjournment and then within days a full legal team representing the company pro bono!
Whilst we did not win that case, for reasons which I won't go into right now, we did succeed in achieving several miracles and great friendships for all of us who were involved with that very kind and generous legal team who came to my rescue, and in October 2007 I finally obtained a favourable ruling in relation to an independent subsequent matter, which was confirmed in January 2008. This was another miracle, and much bigger miracles are about to happen as a result of this long and arduous journey. These will continue to come in very different ways to those which we may sometimes expect, but providing we Expect a Miracle, miracles will keep happening to help us when we live our lives as though everything is a miracle.
I have also repeatedly found that whenever I am negotiating a business deal and the other person seems to be a little tense, when I hand them one of the Expect a Miracle gifts, they are disarmed, and are suddenly much more relaxed.

Kenneth-Clyde Ivory