Moving Beyond Disability
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important that facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people thin or say or do. It is more important that appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannon change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude … I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you … we are in charge of our Attitudes.
My main message is it is all in the attitude. In fact, I use Christian writer Charles Swindoll’s message on attitude as a reminder “that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it.” We can’t control what other people think but we can control our attitude and how we reach to it. If someone were to see me for example, and make assumptions because I have one disability, I could let that define, depress me and leave me feeling sorry for myself. But I have always had the attitude that I’ve been given one life and its up to me to choose how to live it. And I have chose to live my life happily. There are some days but they have absolutely zero to do with my disability. I never feel sorry for myself because I have disability.
I wouldn’t change my life for anything. When I speak and when I write I try and get my audience to see that I am a very ordinary person. My dreams and goals are like everyone else, I have kids, I have a job, I have passions, I have all of that just like everyone else, mine just a little bit different. The title of the speech I recently gave was “living and ordinary life, extraordinarily.” I found a meme, or whatever you call them, that stated, that extraordinary means and ordinary life with just a little extra. When I think about that I do have some extra things but it is because of those extra things that have given me a different perspective, a better perspective on life.