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Such alienation and isolation can leave individuals living with a brain injuries feeling remote and disconnected. Feeling remote and disconnected can keep you buying into the lie that we are unwanted, useless, troublesome and unlovable.
But this is not the end of the story. The good news is that you and I — as individuals living with a brain injury — are infinitely loved, valued and of great use to the Creator of weeds and flowers. The good news is that minimization and marginalization no longer has to discount or diminish our ability to be part of the solution. The good news is that we can positively impact the lives of people – in our world – because we are individuals living with brain injuries. The good news is that we no longer have to wait to be included, validated or approved of by the flowers of the field — to be effective.
We have already been validated and approved of to be effective as Scott Adams poignantly stated, “You don’t have to be a person of influence to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.”
Reality is that we can learn to use our gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for us. Reality is that we can do the foot work. Reality is that we can let go of outcomes and trust the process. Reality is that we no longer need to have the big picture to be able to profoundly impact the lives of people in our world. Reality is that we can trust that we are being led. Reality is that we can trust a loving God. Reality is that we can be empowered, because of our circumstances. Reality is that we no longer have or need to see ourselves as victims. Reality is that we no longer have to do something big to do something big.
Reality is that…
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Teresa.
“Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.” Frank Howard Clark
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
‘For I know the plans that I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans for good and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ Jeremiah 29:11 – Bible — Old Testament.
“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half-possession…Do that which is assigned to you, and you can not hope too much or dare too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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