Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
I have always been sensitive to the way people deal with perceived suffering as inspiration. My life has been filled with challenges. Born with a disability, I have faced a life of adapting. It was my life, it is my life. With nothing in my experience to compare, I adapted. I crawled instead of walking, I sat on my dad’s shoulders to get from one place to the other until it was time for my first wheelchair at the age of four. I entered the world knowing that to get in and out of almost any place would require adapting – stretching to find ways other than ‘normal’ doorways.
There have been plenty of times when certain opportunities have been difficult to reach but I have always been encouraged to find alternatives. This may look like suffering to the outsider but I choose, each day, to seek out the next way to overcome.
It is a way many people choose. The way of overcoming.
Quote: Helen Keller
Photo: Dimitris Vetsikas
Do your little bit of good where you are;
it’s those little bits of good put together
that overwhelm the world.
Quote: Desmond Tutu
Photo: Sasin Tipchai
We are cups,
constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is,
knowing how to tip ourselves over
and let the beautiful stuff out.
Quote: Ray Bradbury
A PRAYER FOR YOUR WILD SOUL
Give yourself time to make a prayer that will become the prayer of your soul. Listen to the voices of longing in your soul. Listen to your hungers. Give attention to the unexpected that lives around the rim of your life. Listen to your memory and to the inrush of your future, to the voices of those near you and those you have lost. Out of all of that attention to your soul, make a prayer that is big enough for your wild soul, yet tender enough for your shy and awkward vulnerability; that has enough healing to gain the ointment of divine forgiveness for your wounds; enough truth and vigour to challenge your blindness and complacency; enough graciousness and vision to mirror your immortal beauty. Write a prayer that is worthy of the destiny to which you have been called.
Quote: John O’Donohue
Excerpt from ETERNAL ECHOES