We No Longer have to Be Held Hostage by LIMITATIONS. We No Longer have to be Limited by Limitations. We are Free to Live Our Dreams. We are Free to Dream, Dreams. We are Free to Live those Dreams.
I have also created a video presentation of the article that you can watch and listen to bey clicking on this link: Brain Injury — No Longer Limited by Limitations — Live Your Dreams Video Presentation
Living with a brain injury no longer has to be considered a death to our dreams. Living with a brain injury no longer has to hold us hostage. Hold us hostage to the belief that we are somehow limited because of our brain injuries. Hold us hostage to the belief that we are limited by of our limitations.
“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life you have imagined…you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau
“When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.” Leo Burnett
As with the impact of my brain injury, over which I was / am powerless to change, I experienced many circumstances over the course of my life that changed my plans. Happened with 4 different majors in undergraduate school and with my experience in graduate school at both Asbury Theological Seminary and the University of Kentucky. Happened with being fired from a myriad of jobs. Happened with my experience with 2 different vocational evaluation processes with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Happened with my training to become a black belt.
“Dreams do not vanish, as long as people do not abandon them.” Phantom F. Harlock
In March 2009 I wrote an article to share how my plans of achieving a dream were interrupted by a set of circumstances that were out of my control. I would invite you to read my article by clicking on this link: When Circumstances Change our Plans and Dreams. What I discovered was that I could re-define my dreams to live my dreams.
To read about what the Black Belt Cycle Qualifying Progress Check — November 8, 2008, Saturday entailed, that I needed to pass to qualify to enter the 10-month long black belt cycle to be able to test for my black belt, click on this link: Traumatic / Acquired Brain Injury– Do Not Give Up on Your Dreams! Part 3 The article was written on November 12, 2008.
Although my circumstances changed my plans, I am glad that I did not give up on my dreams.
I share this article and the 2 above article links with you to encourage you to not give up if you find that your set of circumstances that have changed your plans. Living with limitations, although they may delay our dreams, do not have to spoil our dreams. Living with limitations do not have to keep you and me from living our dreams. The only thing that will keep us from living our dreams is if we give up. So don’t give up! Keep looking for ways to use what you have to live your dreams. We no longer have to be held hostage by our limitations. We can adapt. We can make adjustments.
We can Use Our Circumstances. We Can Open the Door to Possibilities. We Can Live Our Dreams.
An Interview with Tiger Woods
Several evenings ago, while “surfing” through the channels on my TV I came across an interview of Tiger Woods with Charlie Rose. I really enjoyed the interview, as I had never heard an interview with Tiger Woods. During the interview, Charlie asked Tiger a question that I was particularly interested in hearing the answer. Charlie asked him what was one of the main lessons that his Dad, Earl Woods, instilled in him. After hearing the answer, I felt let to write it down on a 3 X 5 card. Tiger said his Dad, Earl Woods, told him: “You get out of it, what you put into it.” Earl Woods
“You get out of it, what you put into it.” Earl Woods
You may be asking yourself, why would I share this interview with this article? To that, I would say, “You have asked an excellent question”. Tiger Wood is one of the most highly regarded professional golfers of our time, if not of all time. What stood out to me from Charlie Rose’s interview with Tiger Woods is the work ethic that Earl Woods instilled in Tiger from an early age. No doubt Tiger has some seeming “supernatural” abilities, but as Tiger said during the interview he was committed to working at and developing his skills.
“It is not that I am so smart, it is just that I stay with problems longer.” Albert Einstein
What became evident to both Tiger Woods and Albert Einstein is that they found ways to excel. They found ways to excel in the gifts, talents, and abilities they were given. And they excelled because they did not give up on the process, or themselves. They worked long and hard through their commitment to be their best. Although you or I may never be able to golf like Tiger Woods or have the IQ of Albert Einstein, WE CAN learn to excel in our given gifts, talents and abilities. We can live our dreams.
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