In life, events, circumstances, experiences, discouragement and disappointments may redirect our experience. In an instant, like a switch on a railroad, life events can set us off.
Set us off in the opposite direction of our hopes and dreams. In the process our hopes and dreams may be dashed. We may have lost limbs or suffered permanent brain damage.
Revolutionized my World
Our damaged bodies may subsequently limit our abilities. We may be sad, angry and/or even bitter with life. But, there is good news. I want to share something with you.
Something that I discovered that revolutionized my life and “world” after my brain injury.
Who We are on the Inside
“Don’t quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can’t see it. Listen to your own drum and your drum only. It’s the one that makes the sweetest sound.” Simon Sinek
Who we are on the inside is what matters more than who we are on the outside. Our body may be broken and battered by an injury. We may not be as smart as we used to be before our brain injury or disability. As a result, we may be discouraged. Discouraged at times, but that does not change our passion.
We are not our disability, our…
“Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s OK. You’re here to live your life, not to make everyone understand.” Banksy
Do not Change Our Passion
Our limitations or our deficits. Our disability, limitations and deficits only change the way that we use my passion. Our passion, as expressed through our gifts, talents and abilities. Our passion resides within our beings. Our passion provides the fuel that empowers our gifts, talents and abilities.
We can tap into our passion to use that energy.
“Dreams do not vanish, unless people abandon them.” Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
Tap into Our Passion
Use that energy in ways that will work for us, regardless of our disability, limitations or deficits. In the process, we can learn how to channel our passion through our gifts, talents and abilities. In the process our gifts, talents and abilities will echo our passion. Our passion will point us in the direction of our destiny.
In the process, we experience our purpose.
“Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
Take Life one Day at a Time
In the process, we fulfill God’s will for our lives, one day at a time. Although we may have limitations and deficits because we are impacted, we can learn to create a good life for ourselves. We no longer need to buy into the notion that our circumstances are meant to keep us down or leave us feeling defeated.
Instead, we can learn to use our circumstances.
“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to be discouraged by their defeats.” B.C. Forbes
No Longer Limited
We can learn to use our gifts, talents and abilities through the lessons our circumstance teach us. Although impacted by a brain injury or some other disability, we no longer need to see ourselves as limited. Although we may have deficits and limitations that provide a set of circumstances, we to not need to see ourselves.
See ourselves as limited by those set of circumstances. We don’t have to give up on our passion.
“Our circumstances are not meant to keep us down, but they are meant to build us up.” Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
We can look at circumstances
We can use our circumstances, experiences, disappointments, discouragements to empower our process. We can learn from those circumstances to discover what will work for us. Work for us to enhance both our lives and the lives of those people in our world. We can use our circumstances.
We can use our experiences, disappointments and discouragements to guide us to our purpose.
“Believe in yourself, go after your dreams and don’t let anyone put you in a box.” Daya
Not Meant for Our Harm
Our brain injury, disability, limitations and deficits are not meant for our harm. They have been given to us as a gift. What we thought was meant for our harm will be used for our good to be a blessing to others. Our disabilities, circumstances, limitations and deficits will direct our lives like the switch on the railroad of life.
A switch on the railroad of life to fulfill our purpose and point us in the direction of our destiny.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the one that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell
My Encouragement to You
Be encouraged my friend. Although what you are going through at the present time may not make sense, don’t give up. More will be revealed to you. Although I could not see how my brain injury, limitations, deficits and circumstances were helping me I now know and realize. I now understand that they we preparing me.
Preparing me use my gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work to live my purpose and to share hope.
“Purpose is about a process and a journey, not a destination. I cannot know until I know and knowing just takes what it takes. There are no silver bullets or magic potions. By accepting that reality, I am given the gift of knowing. I am given the gift of knowing by trusting the process, a loving God and myself.” Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
Not Meant for Your Harm
So what you may think is being used against you and meant for your harm is being used for your good. They are being used to teach you things that will help you. Help you to learn how to channel your passions through your gifts, talents and abilities. Learn how to channel your passions in ways that will work for you.
Work for you, to channel your passion through your gifts, talents and abilities on the railroad of life.
“Dark clouds appear so that we can see silver linings.” Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA
You are on the Right Path
So, don’t give up on yourself, your process or on your journey. You are on the right path. You will find your way. Keep learning and seeing yourself as a winner. Only believe. And if you have a hard time believing, believe because I believe. More will be revealed to you and to me. We can trust the process.
We can trust the process, a loving God and ourselves as we move forward each day with our lives.
“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” Auguste Rodin
You are being prepared
Trust the process,a loving God and ourselves. We are being prepared fulfill our purpose. Our purpose, even though at times things my not make sense to us. So, be encouraged my friend. More will be revealed to you. Follow your passions through your gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for you.
“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.” William James
More quotes that Encourage as We travel on the Railroad of Life
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
“Regardless of your lot in life, you can build something beautiful on it.” Zig Ziglar
“‘Don’t give up at half-time. Concentrate on winning in the second half.” Bear Bryant
“Ideas do not always come in a flash but by diligent trial-and-error experiments that take time and thought.” Charles K. Kao
“Don’t judge your day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmon
“I was told over and over again that I would never be successful. That I was not going to be competitive. And the technique was simply not going to work. All I could do is shrug and say, “We’ll just have to see.” Dick Fosbury (Inventor of the Fosbury Flop and winner of the gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City
“Research your own experience, absorb what it useful, reject what is useless and add specifically your own creation.” Bruce Lee
“Don’t quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see even if others can see it. Listen to your own drum and your drum only. It’s the one that makes the sweetest sound.” Simon Sineck
“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 cannot hope too much, or dare too much.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“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.” Steve Job