In my experience, when I changed the way that I looked at my circumstances, my experiences and my successes my life changed. My set of circumstances may have remained the same, but my quality and outlook of life took on new meaning. I found that I no longer needed to believe what happened in my life, merely needed to be endured. With my change I started to believe that I could become a proactive participant in my life.
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it — change the way you think about it.” Mary Engelbreit
Instead of looking at our circumstances and our experiences as gauntlets to be endured we can see them as opportunities, possibilities and portals. We can learn lessons. We can take advantage of opportunities. We can walk through the portals of possibilities. We can live the life that we had hoped to live. We can learn to savor life and celebrate our successes. We can live a life of fulfillment as brain injury survivors.
We can use the power of choice.
Rather than being discouraged, disillusioned and depressed we can be encouraged, empowered and have hope because of our power to choose. We can make the choice to learn for what occurs in our lives. We can choose to change the way that we look at our lives and our experience. We can learn to use our gifts, talents and abilities — regardless of how our lives have been impacted by our brain injuries. We can let go of the big picture.
We no longer have to believe that we are victims. We can choose to trust the process, a loving God and ourselves. We can choose to see our circumstances as gifts. We can choose to do the footwork. We can choose to let go of the outcomes. We can move in the direction of our destiny. We can advance confidently. We can be ourselves.
“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
“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 your can not hope too much or dare too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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