I have seen some amazing people who were wheel chair bound. They are an inspiration to me in many ways. The first inspiration is their attitude.
I know for many of these folks, they didn't start out with the greatest of attitudes. Most of them have said that the very first thing they were faced with, was grief. They have often been in some kind of accident that took the use of their limbs, and after the surgery, they are still physically healing when the emotional aspect begins to kick in.
Realities surface and for some, they experience a feeling of defeat. Then, once this person has gone through their grieving and are able to get their emotions "under control", then comes their first choice. They can choose to be bed ridden, or to be the best they can be with what they've got. Most of these folks chose the latter.
In comes the attitude.
When you choose to push yourself to your limits, you choose to be a better you. Having a positive frame of mind often leads to a positive outcome, and this will push you further than you could possibly imagine.
With a positive attutude and mind set, come determination. No one and nothing can stop you. Part of the raw reality is finding out who your true friends are. Those who would put you down, lor ook at you differently and non-supportive, are exactly the people you don't need in your life. And Although the nay sayers can be used to push you, they might also get in your head, and you may begin to believe you can't become better.
Determination can be trying on your patience if you lose sight of your goal. Always take the time to pat yourself on the back for a job well done, even if it's only an attempt. You've done more today than yesterday, and that's rewarding!
Now we have inspiration. What inspires you to go above and beyond? I'm inspired by the folks I just described, because they can do things without the use of their limbs that I am unable to do with mine. Not because I haven't tried. Maybe perhaps I don't have the drive, or have learned of my abilities as a result of overcoming difficulty.
After all, some of these folks are artists. Some play basketball. Some can even ride a horse. There aren't any limits to what they can do, and their lack of mobility doesn't limit their abilities. In essense, it's driven them to find other ways of doing things, and to change the perceptions they originally had. This outlook has improved their quality of life, and by extension, the lives of those they've come across, who have been routinely touched by their will.
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