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Mind Over Handicap

May 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160

A handicap person is a broad phrase. It would be an endless task to categorize and list every type of handicap. So let's concentrate on stability, strength and leveraging.

I'm talking to people who can do some walking, maybe needs assistance with a mobility scooter or needs a walking cane or walking stick, can exercise, can do light house work, some light outdoor work but overall handicap. You would need very little supervision if any at all.

Stability. There is a lot of determination in that word. The mind is a very powerful, grey and white matter that controls and coordinates the mental physical actions we do on a daily basis. So exercise the mind by doing puzzles, read a book, take up a new hobby, just to name a few ideas.

Strength. You don't have to be strong to be strong. I'm handicap born with Arthrogryposis. Had club feet from this and today I'm half of 120 years old with no ankle movement and it's getting tough to walk. Determination will dominate you to give you the will power to do your best and give your best. Will power is what you choose as long as you have an end in sight.

Leveraging. This word is used quite heavy in the financial arena but what about leveraging your handicap. Yes, you can. There were a lot of things I couldn't do as a kid growing up. Living on the farm gave me challenges but I leveraged myself to do these challenges and it's no different today. So you can't take long walks, like you could 5 years ago. Plan out your walk accordingly by having a preset resting area you can sit and rest. Maybe your doctor has recommended using a walking cane or walking stick, by all means use them. If worse came to worse and you had to use a mobility scooter take your walking cane or walking stick with you. Now if you stop along somewhere to look around, you can dismount your mobility scooter and use your cane or stick to cruise around.

The mind is a very powerful onboard computer. You control it the best way you can through motivation and determination. Sometime the pain, discomfort or depression tries to interfere but remember you control your mind which controls your attitude. If your motivated you will envision the end result. It takes determination to make that first step in achieving your goal.

Do not ever take things for granted, yes there are people out there that want to help but if you can maintain your independence, that will make you a success in life. Sharing your stories about your handicap with others and at the same time let the stories be told of your determination, will empower you with a positive attitude. One of my favorite saying is, nobody has the right nor the ability to ruin your attitude. Remember that phrase everyday.

With my handicap I go through challenges everyday and with a positive attitude I overcome my challenges.

By: James R Ehmen

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