Thursday, September 29nd, 2011 — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — —— — — Fall Edition #185
Russell R. Shippee
Author, Speaker, Navigator

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Disability is the opportunity this week.

Last week's article, insanity, was a hit. No, it won't take you the 100 days left in the year to list all your insanity! For those of you who thought I was writing to you personally, well maybe it was for one or two of you.

Rarely do I watch a video and rarely do I link to a video. This one — I guarantee you'll be glad you watched. Just start it, listen, and see if you don't want to continue. What a great lesson for all of us--especially, our children. Our children, our grandchildren, the ones we'd do anything for. Are we hurting them? Are we limiting them? Watch and see NOW. Click right here. It's a TED best of the best speech.

It is amazing how we limit others with what we say. First, don't say it. Second, don't listen to it. See the video above and you will understand.

This week's great read is Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief. Yes, it's been recommended before. Today it ties into the article on disability. It will provide a greater depth of understanding, understanding we all need.

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"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein." —Unknown

"If you are going through hell, keep going." —Winston Churchill

"Success is to be measured not by wealth, power, or fame, but by the ratio between what a man is and what he might be." —H G Wells

"Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving." —Henry Ford

"I was exhilarated by the new realization that I could change the character of my life by changing my belief"

—Bruce Lipton

Author Bruce Lipton is an American developmental biologist who is best known for promoting the idea that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person's belief. The Biology of Belief — Unleashing the Power of a Consciousness, Matter & Miracles is teaching us that the leading edge of science (cellular biology) now recognizes that the environment, the external universe and our internal physiology, and more importantly our perception of the environment, directly controls the activy of our genes.

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What’s your disability?

We all have a disability or two or three.

We can all have a pity party for our disabilities, comparing ourselves to others. We can feel lesser, and we can feel small. "If it weren’t for this disability, why I could........"

Do you allow your disability to be your life, to define your life, or to limit your life? If so, stop, stop right now.

A disability is an opportunity in disguise. Disabilities make us stronger and better. They teach us life lessons and allow us to teach others and to be role models for others.

Whom do you admire? I bet there are one or more people you admire, not because of their disability, but because of what they have done with their lives in spite of their disability. They are heroes and great role models for many of us. We admire them and we aspire to be like them.

What disability, what limitation, do you have and what is the opportunity associated with it? How can you learn and grow from it and use it to teach others? How is it an asset to be appreciated and honored?

What are the strengths that you have that counterbalance the disability? What are the things you can do, that you can do better than most? How much time does your disability provide you to do other things.

Focus not on the disability, but focus on the opportunity, the chance, and the possibilities that are open to you. You’ll find life to be an exciting adventure.

Disabled people who go on to do and be are wonderful role models for all of us. We have the opportunity to see how fortunate we are and to see how far people can go who may have challenges we don’t have. Doesn’t that make you wonder why, at times, you don’t do more?

Perhaps we should strike the word disability from our vocabulary. We can replace it with opportunity. We can realize we all have certain strengths and we should all play to our strengths and unique abilities. Let's focus on the positive, on what we can do, and on what we can be.

I am not going to worry about the fact I will not be an Olympian, nor will I create a company as successful as Apple. I am not even going to worry that I can’t throw a baseball very far. We all have a lot of things we can’t do, or can’t do well.

Let’s do what we are good at. Let’s do what our skills allow us to do and do them to the best of our abilities. Let’s allow our disabilities to propel us to do our best with what we have. We can do it. Opportunity is the excitement, the challenge, and the wonder of life itself.