“Disability is just a fancy, long word for gifted which begins with D instead of G.”
Yesterday I found myself writing this sentence. But seven years ago, I would have written, “It’s amazingly burdensome to have a disability as the result of a birth injury. I just have to spend my life grinning and making the best of it.” (Of course, I would have been too nervous to make anything so truthful and personal public seven years ago.)
I wasn’t given the ability alone to see a life beyond my limiting beliefs.
It has taken a large community of magnificent people with great vision to help me heal from what I once believed about myself.
Last night, I was reminded of this as I shared the stage with visionaries including Greg S. Reid, Frank Shankwitz, and Mr. Awesome Speaker Erik Swanson of the Secret Knock community. Greg Reid created Secret Knock to bring together highly successful visionaries who are making a profound difference in the world.
Five years ago, this group welcomed me with open arms. They had a vision for me.
We were together again celebrating Carly who as part of her journey has been gifted with autism. (Yes, I said gifted with autism. Please refer back to the first line of this post.) We were also celebrating the incredible vision of her Mom Sandi Shaner who has created a foundation called Carly’s Cause which gifts kids with autism I-Pods so they can enjoy the freedom, sense of control and purpose that comes from communicating with more ease.
And this is not all. (This Facebook post is getting longer and longer, but when you are talking about vision, there’s lots to say.)
Which brings me to my brilliant friend J Shoop who had vision for me from the first day he met me and basically kept prodding me with humor until I did something with the magnificent gifts I’ve been given.
Heather Smith, Niki Hurrle Warner, Elizabeth Cullen and her husband came. Heather is my highly skilled speaking agent and together this group represents the Evolving Out Loud community and the vision of Kyle Cease. Kyle and this community has challenged me to speak from my heart without notes and reminded me that I’m naturally quite funny.
I handed out fresh, professional, fun business cards. (read the best business cards in the world) created by the master artist Rachel LaBarre.
I was in such a calm place for the event because I had had been given the gift of cranial sacral by expert practitioner Tera Incognita earlier in the week.
Of course, I wouldn’t have been on stage last night or even have had enough vision to move to California without the tireless support and love of Jill Johnson and Dan Johnson. Jill taught me Hatha yoga when I was brand new to it. And together they introduced me to the wonders of Laughter Yoga, which started to give me confidence in my voice and glimmers of recognition that my voice was powerful.
Finally, I wouldn’t be anywhere today without the vision of my parents who always told me simply, “You’re the best.”
Surround yourself with people who enhance your vision of yourself and your power to make a difference.
You’re the best! Believe it! Live it!
(Many more beloved friends and family member have helped me create the vision I have today.) ((But this post has to end somewhere:):)