The London Paralympics games have given us all plenty to think about – life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
The athletes at the London Paralympics games shined an unprecedented spotlight on abilities, rather than disabilities. They drew the audience’s attention to their strengths rather than their weaknesses.
Too many people worry about what’s wrong in their lives rather than focusing on the things that are right. If you focus too much on your weaknesses, you’ll never develop your strengths. Everyone has a disability, from the man who needs a wheelchair for mobility, to the five feet tall lady who needs a high heeled shoe to appear taller. From the amputee who needs prosthetics, to the old lady who needs cosmetics. We all need something to make us almost “perfect.” That’s why you must count your blessings and spend more time developing your strengths rather than worrying about your weaknesses.
What do you see? A disabled person or someone with a disability
Here is a little test for you.
2 + 4 = 6
3 + 3 = 7
4 + 5 = 9
When you look at the three sets of addition problems above, what do you see? Now answer honestly. Do you see two sums that are right or one that is wrong?
Now, this is the way most of us are trained to think: “There’s one that’s WRONG!”
Most of us look at these three addition problems and we only notice that which is wrong, and we don’t pay too much attention to the two which are right. Just like we’ll look at the glass of water below and see a half empty glass instead of a half filled tumbler.
“That there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.”
1 Corinthians 12:25 (NKJV)
More often, our society focuses on what is negative, and demonstrates a schism or partiality in the way they relate and judge people with disabilities.
Your attitude will determine your altitude.
To someone who has lost a position, status or ability it could be very painful. Such a person could live the rest of his or her life in lamentations, sadness and regrets. But, someone else in the same situation could choose to ignore their challenges and focus on opportunities.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Your approach, mind-set and stance will determine how you come out of any situation. Whenever you are faced with a difficult situation, the way you respond affects the end result. If you’re able to stay calm in a storm you might stand a better chance of surviving it. On the other hand, if you panic, you could lose concentration and the willpower to plan your way out of the situation.
What seems nasty, painful or even evil can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind.
Every moment can turn out to be a golden one for someone who has the ability to recognise it as such.
Whenever you are faced with a difficult situation, see it as an opportunity, because your attitude is the “single string” that can keep you going or cripple your progress.
It can fuel your fire or hinder your hope. No valley is too deep, no mountain too high, no barrier too tall, no dream too extreme or challenge too great for someone with the right attitude.