Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Over the Thanksgiving weekend I created a group on Face Book – the Second Chance to Live Group. After looking for an avatar that would best illustrate and convey what the efforts of brain injury survivors are like, I decided on this particular symbol. The avatar shows two pieces of a puzzle that two people are in the process of connecting.
The Power of Identification
In the process of connecting the pieces of the puzzle — and then by laying those connected pieces down – we see that the divide would be covered over by the two pieces. Consequently, as the pieces of the puzzle are connected and are laid down, a resulting bridge would be constructed. The bridge would then make it possible for both individuals to pass over to the other side. And so it is, as we connect the pieces of the puzzle together – through the power of identification — we create bridges to increase our understanding, insight, awareness and acceptance.
Because no one person has all the pieces of the puzzle, we need to stay teachable. We need to be willing to learn from all of our brothers and sisters – who are living with brain injuries. We need to create bridges.
As we grow in understanding, insight, awareness and acceptance we are empowered. As we are empowered, we find the encouragement to pursue the dreams that we never thought were possible. As we are encouraged, we find that hope becomes alive to us. As hope becomes alive to us, we learn to love life. As we learn to love life, we learn to love and accept ourselves. As we learn to love and accept ourselves we begin to accept the immensity of our value.
As we begin to accept the immensity of our value, we experience our meaning and purpose. As we begin to experience of our meaning and purpose, we begin to see ourselves as leaders. As we see ourselves as leaders, we realize that we can become the change that we want to see in the world.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Ghandi
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