Although our lives may be impacted by a traumatic / acquired brain injury or by some other disability there is good news. We don’t have to be disabled because of our disability, discouraged because of our deficits or limited because of our limitations. We can let our light shine brightly.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
Through my process I have learned a very valuable lesson. When I realized that I did not have to do to be, I was able to accept myself as a person with a disability. I found that I no longer needed to deny my reality. I no longer needed to buy into anyones denial system, including my own. I no longer needed to minimize or discount myself.
“Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.” Frank A. Clark
Through my awareness I was able to stop buying in to the notion that I needed to do more to be enough. Through my process I found a new freedom. I discovered that I could celebrate my disability, deficits and limitations. I could create because of my disability, deficits and limitations. I could learn to use what I had in ways that worked for me.
“I am only one, but still I am one. I can not do every thing, but still I can do something.” Helen Keller
We don’t have to do something big to be kind. We don’t have to say much to bring hope. We don’t have to have much to be a blessing. We can use our eyes to encourage. We can use our words to inspire. We can use what we have to empower.
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person next to you.” Mother Teresa
Who you are and what you bring to the table of life is what someone desperately needs. Do not balk at being your self my friend. Do not underestimate your place of value and significance, your place of leadership. You are a bright and shinning star and because of you — and only you — someones light shines brighter.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams
Although we may be disabled, we are able. Although we may have limitations, we are not limited. Although you and I may have deficits, we are not deficient. We can choose to bring who we are to the table of life. You and I can choose to be a proactive participant in our world. We can choose to get off the bench and get in the game. We can choose to use our gifts, talents and abilities.
We can choose to be a leaders.
Be encouraged my friend. You are a Gift to Your World!
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