Disability in any form is not a hindrance to achieving success in life. Look beyond what people may perceive as disability and look inward to Your immense ability. The level of success we achieve in life is tied down to the quality of our choices and decisions.
Lying within us is all the gifts and resources we need to achieve our goals and ambitions in life. It is, therefore an aberration when individuals complain of their disability as a reason behind their failure in life. I see physical, mental, or physiological disability as an opportunity, not a barrier.
History is replete with stories of individuals who came out of their disability to become a great inspiration to their generation. They chose to become a source of strength to millions who were discouraged and hopeless in life.
Frances Jane van Alstyne (Fanny Crosby) was a blind songwriter and composer. Fanny wrote more than 2,000 hymns and spiritual songs which have remained a source of great inspiration to millions worldwide. She saw beyond the physical and wrote from deep within her subconscious some of the amazing songs ever imagined.
She shared her personal experiences and how she overcame discouragement and pains. Her disability did not hinder her from unleashing her potential and gift to the world. Fanny never gave room for sorrow or regrets as she was one happy lady, notwithstanding her inability to see the beautiful world surrounding her. What she lacked insight, she much more than compensated with her beautiful heart filled with love and affection.
Joni Eareckson Tada
This beautiful lady was involved in a horrific diving accident more than 10 years back that confined her to the wheelchair. This did not, however, dampen her spirit; as she remains to date one of the finest motivational speakers the world has ever produced.
Though she remains a quadriplegic, her testimonies and wonderful exposition have continued to endear her to the heart of those daily seeking for love and encouragement. Joni who is unable to perform the simplest of tasks because of her physical condition remains one of the happiest persons of this generation.
Her disability made her a channel of blessings to those in need of answers to various questions. These questions sometimes may never come to those going through these challenges. Fortunately, Joni has helped quite a lot of people searching for solutions to their problems.
Muniba Mazari is popularly called the iron lady of Pakistan, because of the metals inserted in a spinal cord. She bounced back from a devastating accident in 2007, which confined her to a wheelchair. Always smiling, amid pains, she has become a symbol of courage and strength to millions of people struggling with personal challenges in life.
Today, Muniba is a painter, motivational speaker, model, and activist. Rather than moan endlessly, she turned her adversity into opportunity. She shared the story about how people often see her disability. Unfortunately, lying deep within her beautiful personality was amazing abilities. They were quick to see her weakness because she was confined to a wheelchair. The truth is: She has so much inner strength and inner courage.
Those with one form of disabilities or the other have continued to create exploits in all fields of endeavor across the globe. There are gifted blind authors all over the world who have written bestsellers that have turned the lives of millions around. It’s all about seeing opportunities where others only see adversity. It is all about perception and insight. When you refuse to allow the opinion of others affect your mentality, the journey becomes a lot easier.
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