Living with the impact of a brain injury — visible or invisible — can leave you and I feeling unimportant in many ways.
But Don’t Let Anyone tell You — You Aren’t Enough
Unimportant in ways that leave you and I feeling less than, ineffective, ineffectual, weak, feeble, and useless…
Feeling as though our lives and our efforts do not matter.
But the reality is that we are powerful beyond measure. Powerful beyond measure because of what is in each of us.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, it is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine as children do. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And as we let our own light to shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same, as we are liberated from our own fear. Our presence automatically liberates others. Sir, I just want to say thank you. You saved my life.” From the movie, Coach Carter. Quote attributed to Marianne Williamson
We may have individuals in our lives who reinforce the feelings of being less than, ineffective, weak, feeble, useless, worthless and futile.These individuals may lead you and me to believe that without their “special knowledge” we will not amount to much in life.
We may also have individuals in our lives who, although we have achieved far beyond all reasonable expectations despite obstacles and adversity still minimize, marginalize, discount and dismiss who we are and what we have to contribute.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs
We Don’t Have to Shrink Back
As a result — of the individuals who in practice minimize, marginalize, dismiss, discount and by their actions patronize who we are as individuals — we may find ourselves shrinking back. We may find ourselves being lulled into believing that our voice and who we are as individuals really does not matter.
We may have people in our lives who communicate to us — overtly and covertly — that their opinions, not ours; matter. As a result, we may find ourselves discouraged from listening to our inner voice, our intuition and our heart. As a result, we may have since paid little attention to our inner voice.
As a result, we may have traded our judgment for the judgment of other people. As a result, we may have a difficult time trusting ourselves, a loving God and our process. As a result, we may have been led to believe that we are not enough.
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Rob Siltanen
Well, I have good news for you. We can trade a lie for the truth. We are enough. Our inner voice, intuition, and heart do matter. Our inner voice, intuition, and heart will guide us. We can trust ourselves and how we feel led, over the opinions of other people. We can trust the process, through what is being revealed to us. We can trust a loving God to lead and guide us each day. We don’t have to figure this stuff out on our own.
We can ask for help and then follow our inner voice, our heart and our intuition. We can replace other people’s judgment (what is best for us) with our judgment (what is best for us), We can ask loving God to guide us along our journey.
And as we are led, we can trust that our light will shine in the darkness. That our presence will liberate other people. And that our being, by being who we are, not who other people may want us to believe; will give people the courage to carry on with their lives.
Through our example, they will, in turn, let their light to shine in, darkness. Through our example, they will, in turn, liberate others.
And through our example (by being who we are, not what other people may want us to believe about ourselves) we will give other people the motivation to achieve far beyond all reasonable expectations.
“Insist on yourself, never imitate. Your own gift you can present with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you only have an extemporaneous half-possession. Do that which is assigned to you and you can not hope too much or dare too much.” Henry David Thoreau
Some Quotes that Inspire Me
“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” B.C. Forbes
“Regardless of your lot in life, you can build something beautiful on it.” Zig Ziglar
“Don’t judge your day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined…you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
“Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless and add specifically your own.” Bruce Lee
“I will prepare and someday my chance will come.” Abraham Lincoln
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar
“Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens.” Wilfred A. Peterson
Our circumstances are not meant to keep us down, but they are meant to build us up.” Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” Zig Ziglar
“In my experience, I have found that adversity is what has made me successful because I refused to give up because of adversity.” Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
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