“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 read Stay calm and carry on and on and on! Why? Because we are creatures 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 feels daunting 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’re going through something difficult, the teacher is quiet during the test. Even amidst the silence you are 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 I believe there is more to this world then only what I can see. There is no solid explanation for our 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 this we 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.
reach for the other side,
Usually a makeover is for the better,however sometimes people get “make unders.” I received what I’d call a make under, that came in the form of a massive stroke. In this version rather then getting something better, I have received something terrible(i.e paralysis and a loss of independence). Many people like therapists and doctors, like to allude to this kind of makeover as being my new form. However, just because this is how it is right now, doesn’t mean I have to accept it. To accept bad circumstances, would be a form of settling. In India’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 spirit or break my will. We possess the capacity to evolve and improve, We are never truly stuck. You don’t have to self identify with the lesser. Just as an act of love can create a domino effect for positive change,an act of self defeat can spiral into accepting less then We can achieve. This isn’t to suggest that We should opt to be self serving and greedy(as many already are)but instead to not settle for less then We are capable of.
I certainly don’t declare myself a cripple or identify as being disabled. Instead, I refute these 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 either verbally or mentally if you have to. Instead of accepting the statement “You won’t or can’t. change that to “I will or I can.” 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 do people 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!
Love with no limits,