The Lens Through Which You See

Sep 20, 2015

Michelle Wulfestieg

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More than anything, I love productivity! I love making lists and crossing things off. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, like I’m moving toward something. Progress. I love progress.

Yes, it’s important to have periods of rest. But to have the wind on your back, to see new places, to do new things! It is such a glorious feeling. No wonder Dr. Seuss’s book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” has become so popular! It’s the perfect gift to give to anyone of any age who is embarking on a new journey. Because that’s what life is. It’s a journey. An amazing and powerful journey.

Don’t get me wrong, we all have bad days. We all have days where our couch provides us with incredible comfort, and for whatever reason, we just don’t want to move. But we can all come up with excuses not to do something. Take it from me. I have every excuse to feel stuck. To say, “No way. There is no way I can do this. I can’t because…”

  • “I’m disabled.”
  • “Half my body is paralyzed.”
  • “I have a damaged brain.”

Or I could allow myself to believe statements like:

  • “There is no way I can complete my master’s degree when I’ve had to relearn how to talk.”
  • “I can’t return to work because I can barely walk.”
  • There is no way I can type a book with one hand and actually get it published.”

Believe me, I have had those thoughts. Many times! But I chose not to listen to them. I chose to ignore them, even though it would have been so much easier to say, “You’re right. I can’t do this.” Why? Because I strongly believe that your attitude creates the lens through which you see the world. Having a great life is hard work, but that’s why I love productivity. I am working each and every day to become all that I was created to be.

If you have faith, if you have determination, if you have the guts to try, you can do anything. Anything! It might look a little different, but you can do it!

You are never too old to ride a tricycle!

After my second stroke, I wanted to relearn how to ride a bicycle. I tried for a long time, but I just couldn’t stay on for too long without falling. The last thing I need is another brain injury! So, I decided to try out an adult tricycle. It was a little tricky at first, but I got the hang of it in no time, and soon, I was a tricycle riding machine. Now I ride that bike every single day and I love it! I chose not to believe, “I will never ride a bike again” and instead chose to believe that I could still have the wind on my back.

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