Yesterday, I wrote and published an article on Second Chance to Live to bring clarity to two previous articles that I wrote and published on Second Chance to Live. The article, Why I Needed to Challenge my Brain Injury Awareness. I received a comment in response my article from an individual who stated that he doesn’t like hope. As I thought about what the individual said, I asked myself why would he not like hope? When I asked him why he did not like hope, I received a response that helped me understand why he might have come to not like hope. My impression of what he shared validated what I shared in my article, Why I Needed to Challenge my Brain Injury Awareness. In response to his comment, I replied:
“The good news is to recognize and remember that I have choices and that I do not have to keep going to the hardware store looking to buy a loaf of bread, as hardware stores do not sell bread. With my awareness, I am able to look for places that sell bread and provide what I need to create hope in my life. Over the course of the past 48 + years living with the impact of a traumatic brain injury and an invisible disability, I have discovered what created blocks to creating hope in my life. I also discovered ways to create hope in my life. On June 16, 2015, I launched a new website to share what I discovered about these blocks and how to create hope in my life. I would encourage you and anyone else who is having a hard time creating hope in their lives to read articles from my website Create a Spark of Hope.
In the event that you are having a difficult time with hope or that you don’t like hope, I would invite you to visit Create a Spark of Hope and see if what I share helps you to understand why you may be giving hope a “bad rap”. I would encourage you like I shared in my comment; that you start with my article http://createasparkofhope.com/having-hope/ and then read other articles from my http://createasparkofhope.com/site-map-of-articles/. By reading my articles, you may find solutions to creating hope in your life. In the process, you may find yourself moving from “the awareness” talked about in Why I Needed to Challenge my Brain Injury Awareness to “the acceptance” of your brain injury awareness. By doing so, I believe that you will be able to begin to create a good life for yourself. In the process, you will begin to create a good life for yourself that is solution based instead of problem focused. In the process of moving from being problem focused to solution oriented, you will find yourself moving from what you can no longer do because of your limitations and deficits to what you can accomplish beyond your wildest dreams.
In the process of creating hope in your life you will move from a feeling of helplessness — that some may want you to focus upon to keep you dependent upon them — to being able to experience something that may have evaded you for a very long time. Hopefulness. In the process of grown in hope you will discover how to use what you can do to enhance and create a good life for yourself. This will all take place because you made the decision to grow beyond your brain injury awareness — what you may have been led to believe by the medical model of treatment and the brain injury industry pundits — to a place of brain injury acceptance that will embolden you to take a different course of action. Action that will help you to break from dependence to being able to create a good life for yourself. A life for yourself that will make you a messenger of hope to individuals living with brain injuries. Individuals who are living with brain injuries who do not already know that they do not have to remain in a “box” or the identity foisted on them through a system that says that they have brain injury survivors best interest in mind, but in reality can be seen as preying upon vulnerable people.
In the process of growing in hope, you will discover how to use what you can do to enhance your life and well-being. In the process, you will create a good life for yourself, because you made the decision to move from being aware of your brain injury to the acceptance of your brain injury. In the process, you will experience a greater degree of independence and a freedom that you may never knew existed, because of what you have been led to believe by a system that has not had your best interest in mind.
“I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Helen Keller
“Regardless of your lot in life, you can build some thing beautiful on it.” Zig Ziglar
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”? Thomas Edison
“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” Zig Ziglar
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Life is the movie you see through your own eyes. It makes little difference what’s happening out there. It’s how you take it that counts.” Denis Waitley
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