Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Please remember that you are always welcome around my table. As a person living with an invisible disability, I have had my share –and then some — of disappointments. For quite a few years, I allowed a two-letter word to profoundly influence my life. I allowed NO to keep me stuck, until I realized what NO was doing to me.
When I saw NO for what it was, a two-letter word that wanted me to fail, I decide to start saying YES to myself.
When I started saying YES to myself, my life slowly began to change for the better. YES helped me to rebound. YES motivated me to keep going, even when giving up would have been much easier. YES showed me that I was not a victim, but instead a volunteer. YES helped me find myself. YES helped me to accept myself. YES reminded me that I was created to be a being not a doing.
YES began to change me from the inside out. YES, showed me that I could be secure. YES taught me that I could learn from my circumstances. YES encouraged me to use my opportunities. YES opened my eyes to see the good things happening in and around my life. YES taught me how to use my creative energy.
YES shows me that life is to be experienced in brilliant colors, not merely in black and white. YES seeks to enlighten my path. YES encourages me to celebrate who I am, just because I am. YES gives me the freedom to be who I am in this life. YES gives me the ability to understand the complex. YES opens the eyes of my heart so that I can experience life beyond the natural. YES draws me to a loving God. YES reminds me that a loving God is often doing for me what I can not do for myself.
YES frees me from the delusion of denial. YES helps me to grasp my reality. YES moves me beyond my fears. YES reminds me that I have choices.
Through using the power of YES I am able to be present for myself. YES empowers me with the determination to persevere in the face of discouragement and disappointment. YES calls me forward when I feel like giving in and giving up on myself. YES reminds me that this too shall pass when I feel overwhelmed. YES helps me to see silver linings when dark clouds appear in my life. YES encourages me to believe yet once again. YES helps me to cease from my striving and rest. YES echoes hope.
YES opens doors. YES provides solutions. YES leads by peace. YES teaches me to be resourceful. YES shows me that I can let go of outcomes. YES enhances my quality of living. YES reminds me that I have a future and a hope. YES teaches me to trust the process, a loving God and myself. YES points me in the direction of my destiny — one YES at a time.
In your experience, you may be discouraged. I have been discouraged too my friend. You are not alone. Living with a traumatic brain injury can provide unique challenges. Nevertheless, I would encourage you, as I need to encourage myself — think YES. Living with a traumatic brain injury can also provide unique possibilities. By thinking YES we can open the door to those possibilities. By choosing to use the power of YES we can experience those possibilities.
Be encouraged my friend. You and I have the — Power of YES — and we are not alone.
We have a future and a hope.
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