Only Those Who Can See The Invisible Can Do The Impossible
You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.
– Abraham Maslow
On “America’s Got Talent”, Mandy Harvey sang an amazing song. She got the gold buzzer. What she demonstrated through her song and her story is resilience. When she was 18 years old, she lost her hearing from a disease. She had been singing since she was four years old. When she lost her hearing, she did what most of us would do and put away her dream as something that would never be able to happen for her. She stopped singing.
Yes, sometimes the odds are really stacked against you, but no that doesn’t mean you’ll fail. The odds of you even being conceived are so close to nothing that no one in their right mind would bet on your being here. But you are. You’ve already proved you can beat the odds. So, do it again.
– Doe Zantamata
Now here she was on stage to sing. What had happened? Why did she decide to try again to be a singer? The song she sang is one that she wrote. In the song she says that she got tired of not living the life she wanted to live. That she was tired of saying no to her dream. That even though the sky was more gray than blue for her, she was going to try and take her place again. To try and live the life she still felt that she was destined to live.
Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.
– Les Brown
She got the gold buzzer because of the combination of her beautiful voice, her heartfelt song of struggle, and her determination to overcome her perceived limitations caused by her deafness. She was so hungry that she refused to let her dreams be defeated. What Mandy teaches us is so vital. She had the worlds best excuse not to go after her dreams. She can’t hear her own voice. She can’t hear her music. But instead of stopping her forever, she took some time to heal through what had happened and then she did a very important thing. She got curious.
A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.
She got curious about what did she have that she could use. Standing in her stocking feet, she can feel the music through the floor. She then found that she could trust her voice to be on pitch. She trusted her musicians and translator to let her know how the music sounded, how her voice sounded. She found she could trust her body and voice to support her in her singing. Her past of losing her hearing did not mean the end of her life. It meant learning to live her live in a new way, so that she could still follow her dreams.
Anyone can hide; it’s the easiest thing to do. Standing up, facing the truth, and working through problems, that’s what makes you strong.
We all have things in our life that create challenges and obstacles. Some of them are life altering and may seem to close the door to our dreams. We may sit in the dark and bewail what has happened to us. We may have to go through the stages of grief, from anger, betrayal, denial, sorrow and so on. But each day we face a new choice. We can process through those negative emotions and rebuild our life, or stay in the dark ashes of what we thought life was going to be.
When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal. You do not change your decision to get there.
– Zig Ziglar
Like Mandy, we each of us have something inside of us that is greater than any lemon that life can throw at us. Sometimes when we are deep within the struggle of survival we can’t see it. But it is there, patiently waiting for us to get off the floor and back onto our life path. It helps when we can recall other times in our life when we got knocked down. The times when we faced the battle against our negative mind talk. Against the “not good enough” talk. Against the friends and family who told us to give up, that what we wanted was not possible. Against those who wanted to protect us from ourselves, from disappointment and failure. Remember the fears that you faced down. Remember how you discovered that those fears were all an illusion.
Being a Human Being is all about experiencing all of the wonders of the world.
What if . . . the things that we go through, are ours to go through so that we can both experience the wonders of the world and appreciate them? None of us know what we are truly capable of. If we are just handed all of our desires and dreams, would we see them for what they truly are? Would we grow and expand in our lives? I don’t think that any of us would ever believe what it is possible for us to accomplish.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
– Dale Carnegie
If we could sneak a peak at the end of the chapter that we are currently living, we probably wouldn’t accept the truth of what we read. In the “Wizard of Oz”, Glinda the good witch tells Dorothy – “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself”. The same is true for us. We’ve always had the power to live the life that we dream of. The path to that destination is how we learn to accept it, use it, grow it, and live our life into it. We are all capable of far more than we know. We just need to click those ruby red shoes and say it until we believe it. Then pull up the big girl panties and get it done. No excuses.
If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.
– Win Borden