Consistently Embrace Change
We have all woken up to rainy days, where inspiration eludes us but the need to create beauty resides within us. Today was one of those days for me… until I saw a wonderful video on Ted.com.
Aimee Mullins was born without fibulae in both of her legs. At the age of one both her legs were amputated below the knees. This amazing woman proceeded to walk, run and swim at the age of two with the help of prosthetic legs, graduated High School with honors and became the youngest person to receive top security clearance to the Pentagon among other things. But this was not enough for her.
She wanted to redefine the word “Disabled” she became the first amputee to compete in the NCAA, she was outfitted with woven carbon-fiber prosthetics and proceeded to set world records in the 100 meter, 200 meter and long jump. All these accomplishments are minimal to what makes her amazing.
In her video “The Opportunity of Adversity” Aimee speaks of the power of words. Which words do you use to describe you? Are you limiting or empowering yourself? See whether your adversity is physical, mental or economic. The words you use, as well as those that are used around you, are important to your success.
To overcome today’s rainy day is not to somehow side step the issue, it is to walk thru that rain knowing that you will get wet, may come down with a cold, but yet you will reach your destination.
Success! The beauty of human nature is the ability to adapt. Aimee paraphrases Charles Darwin’s view of human character. She stated “It’s not the strongest of the species that survives, nor is it the most intelligent that survives, it is the one that is most adaptable to change, conflict is the genesis of creation”. If we believe in those words and utilize the tools around us, overcoming and evolution becomes inevitable.
On my rainy day I choose to embrace adversity. I dare to walk a little slower and embrace the rain, to search for what else I can learn in that moment. I welcome you to do the same; don’t fear the change, don’t question your direction because that path suddenly became challenging.
As Aimee says “ maybe the idea is not so much overcoming adversity, but opening ourselves up to it, embracing it, grappling with it…, maybe even dancing with it ”. There are two forces that work simultaneously in this world, change and consistency. When dealing with adversity consistently embrace change.
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