February 3, 2016

1 Example of Overcoming Physical Limitations



I live in the United States. It is a different country from even a generation ago. That’s certainly not all good. However, we still have quite a few advantages that some other countries do not.  We like to whine about…

  • Our political system 
  • The weather
  • The unemployment rate
  • People who don’t think and act like us
  • People who slow us down anywhere
  • Our finances
  • The outrageous cost of medical and dental care, even if we have insurance

Well, Americans can try this on for size: in some countries, they are struggling for the basic necessities of life. Sometimes, we’re uninformed about those details. Certain people in progressing countries may have…
  • No electricity
  • No plumbing
  • No clean water
  • No local medical and dental services
  • Food they grab out of trash heaps
  • No solid roof over their heads

Eeva Lancaster

She’s an online friend who lives in the Philippines. Sometimes, I grumble to her about this and that. I tell her my family doesn’t do this, and my medical condition prevents that. She doesn’t put up with it.

Eeva keeps reminding me that I am lucky merely in the fact that I’m an American.  I always have plenty of tough circumstances in my life. To balance that out, I have the advantages that living in one of the most technologically advanced and wealthy nations in the world can bring.

Do I want to hear it? No way!!! I want to wallow in my numerous, well-deserved pity parties. Yet, that gets me absolutely nowhere.

That’s the first lesson of this article: “Complain and remain. Praise and be raised,” as Joyce Meyer and others say.

Here’s the second crucial lesson: we can overcome anything.

Please see more about overcoming limitations in my book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.

Mariusz Kedzierski

He is a 23-year-old Polish man who was born without arms.  Nevertheless, he refused to accept any barriers to his gift: art. He draws mainly portraits. To my mind, he is more skilled than many artists with no restrictions. Please see his truly inspiring story and work here.

My conclusion

America is not a perfect country, and we all deal with challenges. Yet, complaining doesn’t help. Pessimism also doesn’t alter the fact that we are blessed in many ways.

On the other hand, some people have few advantages, yet they refuse to allow their dreams to be blocked. Such achievers are an inspiration to us all.

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”—2 Corinthians 12:19 (NIV)


How have you refused to be limited?