“The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success.” Hamilton Wright Mabie
As much as we love to say “whoa is me” as we get caught up in all that we “lack,” what could we do if we instead got riled up by all that we “had”? Adjustments, or a change in perspective is often all we need.
Watch the special Olympics athletes do what was once seemingly impossible. Watch people that survived an accident so horrific, that they were told they would never walk again, yet they run marathons. Watch someone diagnosed with a deadly disease or some form of cancer, begin to thrive and inspire so many despite their present circumstances.
Life within limitations can be paralyzingly if we let it. But it can also ignite creativity, new found passion, and ways to think outside the frame that holds our life’s picture in place. Inspiration can literally be found in any person, place or thing. Inspiration is formless.
To bring a personal example to the mix, when my brothers were struck by the train on January 26, 2004, in which Adam was in intensive care and Logan was taken from us, “whoa is me” definitely set in from time to time. But, I will never forget the man who came thru the line at the viewing, offering his condolences to my family, as he had lost his entire family (wife and all of his children) merely months before. His mere presence and strength that he gave us was very reviving and gave me a sense of hope that i had lost. At that dark time, it helped seeing this man living and breathing, let alone reaching out and giving us the most amazing inspiration and hope as we journeyed on without the physical presence of Logan. Inspiration is formless and can be found anywhere.
Sometimes these “limitations” emerge new ideas, new foundations, new appreciation for life, and growth to thrive and appreciate all that you DO HAVE. Do not waste another minute merely surviving, but begin thriving. Punch the walls of that box down, and start living outside of the box. For outside of that box, is a world of opportunity for you to use all that you have and inspire others, simply by doing so.
As the end of this challenge is approaching, give us some insight on what videos touched your heart, or what new dreams you have started working towards. We would love to hear from you!
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