Living with a traumatic / acquired brain injury or some other disability that leaves us feeling powerless can leave us questioning hope. The good news is that we can “dance” and live in hope while we are here.
Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to have you around my table. In February 2008 I wrote the article, Traumatic Brain Injury and Life. The article would later be published in Synapse — The Official Journal of the Brain Injury Associations of Australia — Winter 2008 Quarterly Edition ISSN 1448-9856.
“Life may not be the party we had hoped for, but while we are here we should dance.” Author Unknown
I would like to share what I learned through my process, what I shared in my article and what was published in the official journal of the brain injury associations of Australia. As you read my article may you gain a desire to “dance” and a renewed sense of hope as you live your life.
Traumatic Brain Injury and Life
Hi, and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. You are always welcome around my table. I have been thinking about the nature of life. We may not have chosen to be brought into this world. We may not like the way life looks today. We may be a traumatic or an acquired brain injury survivor. But what of that…
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
We may think that life is not fair. We may believe that our life no longer matters. We may want to give up on ourselves. We may want to blame our circumstances. We may feel stuck in the ashes of our disappointment. We may find ourselves arguing with God. We may be angry at the world, just because…
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
We may be convinced that our disability has derailed the life we had hoped to live. We may believe that life has passed us by. We may believe that we are limited by our limitations. We may believe that we have lost our credibility. We may believe that no one will want what we have to give. What of that my friend.
“Our courage to rise again prepares you and I to use what remains, because we are enough.”
Craig J. Phillips
Let me inspire you to dream again. You will see your dreams rise from the ashes of your dismay. You will see your life take on new meaning. What once baffled you will be made clear. Your life will reveal a kaleidoscope of hope. You will fulfill your purpose and your destiny will become apparent.
“To reach a port we must sail- sail, not tie at anchor- sail, not drift. Franklin Roosevelt”
Our willingness to learn from the circumstance that life provides prepare you and I to take advantage of the lessons learned. Those lessons in turn empower our ability to benefit from the opportunities that become available to us. Those opportunities invariably point us in the direction of our destinies.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, so keep walking and before long you will be able to look back and see how far you have already come… because you decided to take that first step.” Craig J. Phillips
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