“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”- Abraham Lincoln.
In the ever present stay calm and carry on posters they forget two words, and on. Therefore, they should readStay calm and carry on and on and on! Why? Because we arecreatures of great resolve when we’re pressed against the grind stone. Everyone struggles at some point, and no matter what it it is every struggle feelsdaunting and like it is specifically yours. However, there are many people struggling with the same thing, it is your reaction to that struggle that makes it individual. Not to mention, our struggles have a funny way of making us strong where we once were weak. At times when your looking for answers in the midst of trouble you are met with silence. Yet we mustn’t forget that when you’regoing through something difficult, the teacher is quiet during the test. Even amidst the silence youare not alone. It is within these hardships that our determination and perseverance really shine. I have been asked how I am able to continue and remain so optimistic in a situation many would find bleak. The fact is, I remain optimistic because Ibelieve there is more to this world then only what I can see. There is no solid explanation forour existence, just as there is no solid explanation as to how I survived death.One can only assume that there must be a teacher out there helping me(and you) along the way. It is because of thiswe keep on going and do not faint or crumble at the first signs of trouble. Rather, we buckle down to withstand the storm and reach our goals that lie just on the other side of them.
Usually a makeover is for the better,howeversometimes people get “make unders.”I receivedwhat I’d calla make under, that came in the form of amassive stroke. In this version rather thengetting somethingbetter, Ihavereceived something terrible(i.e paralysisand a loss of independence). Many people like therapists and doctors, like to allude to this kind of makeoveras beingmy new form. However, just becausethis is how it is right now, doesn’t meanIhave to accept it. To accept bad circumstances, would beaform ofsettling. InIndia’s fight against the British Empire, Gandhi declared “They may have my dead body, but they will not have my obedience.” In the same way, the stroke may have nearly ruined my life, but it will not defeat my spiritorbreak my will. Wepossess the capacity to evolve and improve, We are never truly stuck. You don’t have to self identify withthe lesser. Just as an act of love can create a domino effectfor positive change,an act of self defeat can spiral into accepting less then Wecan achieve. This isn’t to suggest that We should opt to be self serving and greedy(as many already are)butinstead to not settle for less then We are capable of.
I certainlydon’t declaremyself a cripple or identify as being disabled. Instead, I refutethese notions and labels, because you will receive what your expecting. Therefore, you should expect more for yourself in life. Many times We create our own limits. Your capable of so much more then your led to believe. Once you start paying attention to your self defeating thoughts or people’s statements, it’s important to negate them eitherverbally or mentally if you have to. Instead of accepting the statement “You won’t or can’t. change that to “I will or Ican.” When you start paying attention to these things, you’ll find that people say(yourself included)these self defeating statements at an alarming rate. Little dopeople realize that words have power. They have the ability to tear down or build up.As well as the ability to bring into life a new creation. Be careful of the words that leave your mouth and enter your mind. “For out of the heart the mouth speaks.” What’s in your heart will manifest itself into reality. Since this is the case be sure to guard your heart!