Thursday, February 14, 2013

121) Learn Lessons - To overcome difficulties

"I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God."
Helen Keller

Here is another who has the spirit of Helen Keller: Jessica. She is 26, 155cms tall, but without arms - she was born without them. Yet, she takes part in all activities, using her feet like her arms. With supportive parents, she learned to drive a modified car and moved on to drive one without modifications. She can type, comb her hair and even fix her contact lenses - all with her feet. She realized that she needed to communicate her indomitable spirit to others and became an outstanding speaker to do that.  One day she hopes to fly a plane and raise a family. She lives by a code: the greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.

How we wish we lived by the same code! Instead, dwarfed by problems, we complain and fret, giving in to frustration. The smallest of problems becomes a crisis for us. We expect people to help us, although we will not return the favor. We blame God and others, even for situations we bring upon ourselves. As a result we become morbid and bitter. Without realizing it, we pass on the same attitude to our children who constantly complain against the system. They will fault teachers and class-mates and friends; yet never point a finger at themselves.

Isn't it time we gave some thought to our lapsed outlook and help our children change theirs?

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