Thursday, May 8, 2008

Pain into Power!!

Some of the world's greatest men and women have been saddled with disabilities and adversities but have managed to overcome them...
Cripple him, and you have Sir Walter Scott. Lock him in a prison cell and you have John Bunyan. Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge and you have George Washington. Raise him in abject poverty and you will have Abraham Lincoln. Strike him down with infantile paralysis and he becomes Franklin D. Roosevelt. Burn him so severely in a schoolhouse fire that the doctors say he will never walk again, and you will have a Glen Cunningham, who set the world record in 1934 for running a mile in 4minutes and 6.7 seconds. Deafen a genius composer and you will have Ludwig van Beethoven. Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination and you will have a Booker T. Washington, a Harriet Tubman, a Marian Anderson, a George Washington Carver, or a Martin Luther King, Jr. Make him the first child to survive in a poor Italian family of 18 children Enrico Caruso. Have him born of parents who survived a Nazi concentration camp, paralyze him at the age of four from the waist down, and you will have an incomparable violinist Itzhak Perlman. Call him a slow learner, "retarded" and write him off as uneducatable and you will have Albert Einstein."

This was my QT today ..... does this speak volumes to anyone else!! And as a society we want to sedate, numb, ease our pains. LISTEN TO ME ... we all have "pains" .... I dare you to turn it into power. As a personal question ~ you never have to answer me .... but if you do care to share, I would love to learn how you have taken your pains and courageously turned them into POWER.

Have a great Thursday.

1 comment:

LoRi said...

I'm a firm believer in perspective. It is all how you look at things. Adversity makes us stronger. Women are like tea bags. You don't know how strong they are until they are in hot water! (or something like that!)