Mid-May 2017 Newsletter
Hello, and a playful Mid-May to you!
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter. In the photo above I'm
with a friend whom I unexpectedly ran into at an airport. She said
something to make me laugh, then took our picture. I hope you have
good friends and merriness in your life too.
Today's issue has an article about keeping a personal limitation
in perspective, and not letting it dominate your awareness.
Has your limitation become your identity?
This picture of a person in leg braces running makes me smile.
I can just feel the determination to keep moving forward.
It also reminds me of the scene in the Forrest Gump movie
when he's running away from his pursuers, faster and faster.
Then his leg braces shatter and fly away, allowing him to run
free. What an image of triumph over an obstacle! I tear up
just thinking of it.
The person in the photo, and the Forrest Gump character in
the movie, certainly know they're wearing leg braces. Yet
that's not the totality of who they are. They want to run,
so they do. Listen to people talk, and I'll bet you'll
soon hear someone express a desire. Then in the next breath
come the reasons why they can't: not enough money, too old
or the wrong gender or the family would disapprove.
In the photo below, a woman is using a power drill to build
something. Does this task have to be "men's work"? Challenge
your assumptions, especially those with regard to yourself.
Might your self-definition be too narrow? I hear women say
"I'm a girly girl!" and I wonder if they've ever gone camping,
or climbed a tree. Don't miss out on the joy of doing something
new just because you've never done it before. You might really
enjoy it, and you won't know until you try.
One place I often see this kind of self-imposed limitation
is with physical problems. A woman in my neighborhood was
out in her yard last summer when I walked by. As we started to chat,
her 2nd or 3rd sentence was "I have fibromyalgia, so I can't...".
Being a lifelong athlete who sometimes pushes myself too hard,
it was all I could do not to urge her to try to expand her
limits a bit. She was walking around the grassy lawn fine, not
looking like she was in pain. What if the jogger in leg
braces had that "I can't" attitude?
Finally, overcoming an obstacle feels great, whether it's a large
or a small triumph. When the doctor
says you'll keep getting worse, he may be talking from his
experience of most people getting worse, but that doesn't
have to be your story! "Whatever you can do or dream you
can do, begin it!" is a famous quote attributed to Goethe. Believe
in yourself, and take that first step forward toward your goal.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
To read about seeing my vision limitation as too big a part of
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Enjoy the remainder of your May.
I'll write again in a couple of weeks. Take care!