Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dare to Believe

Dare to believe that you are a wonderful, unique person.  That it’s more than a right – it’s your duty – to be who you are!  That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
~Author Unknown

Imagine what the world would be like if this mantra was adopted by more people.  Imagine what would happen if people accepted flaws as strengths simply by changing their attitudes.

Imagine the power one would have if they focused all their negative energy into something else.  What could we accomplish if we believed in ourselves and ignored the naysayers? 

The Olympic Games always inspire me.  The Paralympic Games are even more inspiring to me.  The 2002 Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City, UT.  I was a fourth grade teacher and our school was given a limited amount of tickets for Olympic and Paralympic events.  Fourth through sixth grade students were chosen by committee based on grades and citizenship.

My favorite memory was the Paralympic Sit Ski at Soldier Hollow in Midway, UT.  Athletes were paralyzed from the waist down or had no legs at all.  They sat in a kind of sled and used their upper body and ski poles to pull themselves along the track.  They were fast too.  It was a humbling event to attend. 

A friend of mine went through brain surgery at the age of 19.  She had to learn how to walk all over again.  She went through physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and recreational therapy.  It’s amazing to watch what she can do even though she still has a lot of paralysis on her left side.  When I first met her I had no idea she was partially paralyzed.

These are real examples but the likelihood of most of us dealing with these types of challenges is small.  Another quote I love is by Dennis Waitley:

We’re not all designed to be straight A students, celebrities, world-class athletes or the CEO of a major corporation.  But we are designed to make the most of the skills and abilities we do possess.  Perhaps the most splendid achievement of all is the continuing quest to surpass ourselves. 

What would happen if we did? 

Dare to believe you are worth more than you give yourself credit for.  Dare to believe God created you the way He did for a reason. 

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