The disABILITY Myth - Continued
I have just reread one of the simplest yet most fascinating and compelling books I have read in a long time. The title is Prepare for the Wolf: Success Secrets from the Three Little Pigs and was written by Robert Roots, who I am pleased to call a friend.
I guess the most important point I got from this small but powerful primer is that circumstances or conditions do not to dictate what we are ... or what we can become. Everything begins in the mind ... even our disABILITIES begin in the mind. Everything else is just conditions and circumstances ... obstacles and challenges ... to be faced and overcome. And that is that !!!
Along the same lines, one of my favorite teachers in the recovery community, Melody Beattie, wrote a piece some years ago entitled "What's Your Handicap?"
Her point was that no matter what the specific circumstances ... every one of us has had some type of challenge, "a handicap," if you will, to have to overcome in this life ... and that we could allow IT to overshadow our lives ... to get the better of us and go through life hindered or handicapped by it. Or we could choose to live with it ... accepting it ... embracing it ... weaving it into the very fabric of our lives and in so doing adding to the uniqueness and richness of who we really are ...
|"No Limits" Collage by Susan Schanerman|
To be brutally honest, I have allowed my mind, emotions, negative attitudes, fears, and limiting beliefs to dis-ABLE me to an equal or maybe even greater extent than any of the physical challenges I have had to endure.
I've long heard it said that when you are sick and tired of being sick and tired you will do something differently ... make different choices ... take different action ... create a different life.
Well, at this “Red-hot Second” I am much more than sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am totally and completely fed up!! But nothing will change, if I don't change. My life cannot be different, until my mind is different.
I must thank Mr. Roots for so brilliantly pointing out the simple steps needed to be taken to create powerful and significant changes in life.
It's like the analogy of a pilot or an astronaut ... the slightest alteration in direction creates a momentous difference in the ultimate trajectory.
I don't need to make huge leaps, I only need to take small steps ... Baby steps ... Consistent steps ... In the direction of my dreams.
No more wavering ... No more doubts ... No more self-recrimination ... No more abuse.
Just Faith ... Determination ... Vigilance ... Commitment ... Consistency and Courage ...