“If you are hurt, whether in mind or body, don’t nurse your bruises. Get up and light-heartedly, courageously, good temperedly get ready for the next encounter. This is the only way to take life – this is also ‘playing’ the game!”–Emily Post
My health problems aren’t something I talk about often, because I don’t define myself by them. We all deal with finite resources every day — we only have so much time to get things done, so much money in our budgets, so much talent to work with. The key is to do the best you can with what you’ve got to work with, and to find ways to squeeze every bit of potential, every ounce of productivity, that you can when you can. At worst, health issues are obstacles to be managed and worked around. They don’t have to be a dealbreaker or a reason to give up.
There are a lot of people in the world doing a lot more than I am with a lot less. Those are the people I look to for inspiration. During the Olympics, Katie always roots for the athletes from the small countries that don’t have the huge budgets for state-of-the-art training and cutting edge equipment that nations like the U.S. and China have. She points out that they have to work that much harder. I look at entrepreneur moms who start small businesses in their homes with no capital and no business training, who go on to become millionaires. And yes, I look to people who have disabilities both physical and mental who lead lives of dignity and grace and are filled with gratitude for what they have, rather than lamenting what they don’t.
So what’s holding you back today, and how can you walk it off?
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