I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God. ~ Helen Keller
Did you know that the greatest golf players and the worst golf players in the world both carry a handicap? Yes, you heard it right. A golf handicap is a numerical measure of a golfer’s potential that is used to enable players of varying abilities to compete against one another. Better players are those with the lowest handicaps. Isn’t that incredible? And to think some people dismiss their handicap as just another misfortune handed down by the creator himself.
Helen Keller, an American author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer; thought differently about her situation and decided to thank God for such a new perspective on life. In fact, it was Helen Keller that said “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. Sometimes in life what we think is a disability can actually be the greatest blessing ever known to man. It is our vision that can sometimes be distorted as to what really matters in this world. Prominent Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potters House in Dallas, TX explains that “we really don’t appreciate good health unless we have been sick”. Sometimes it takes an impediment for us to truly see beyond our present circumstances.
Life has a way of limiting our vision to only see what lies in front of our two eyes. This can sometimes make us fearful of the unknown and unwilling to dance in uncomfortable space that may seems hazy, faint or reckless. I too have faced the drudgery of having to leave a relationship, move to a different state, go back to school and while in the middle of financial crisis and lose a parent. I too walked circumspectly not knowing what the shadowy grey clouds up ahead held in store for me; but I knew I wanted to succeed despite what was going in and around me.
Internally, I think we all have this drive to discover a deeper part of self. There is an inner longing to follow our bliss as the enlightened ones used to say and do the work that the soul must have. Joseph Campbell explains this sentiment so eloquently below.
Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”
― Joseph Campbell
How many times in our lives have we longed for something that we felt was out of reach? How we sometimes rationalize these moments is to compartmentalize our lives in such a way that we; build a wall around the real self that is trying to seek freedom. The road can very grey, dark and murky because we have not adjusted our vision to see the clear path. What happens when we come out of an eye exam after getting drops placed in our eyes, and begin to get exposed to the bright light? We squinch and put on those plastic sunglasses given by the eye doctor. This is what it looks like when we begin to step into a new reality of self-discovery.
In this new era of Covid19 living many are being called to a higher walk. So, as you begin to step forward in the middle of this pandemic you will begin to realize that you are protected and must learn a new set of skills. Yes, the odds are stacked against you and you may already feel like a foreigner in your own land, but the game has changed and so must you. As long as you are in the same old vibration the new blessings can’t come because you are sending the signal that you are not open for the new to come in. You must separate those energies and attune into a higher frequency. Below will offer a few pointers to aid in the transition. There is so much you will have to learn and overcome but a journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step.
Learn to walk in the Gray: Rickey L. Jasper’s book Walking in the Grey “How to success when the rules are not black and white”, will go down as the book that changed my life forever. The concept of the book breaks down what it looks like to live in the balance when 1+1 does not equal 2. What would you do if 1+1 = 7? It’s in those grey areas that we learn what we must do to complete past cycles and improve upon our own self-knowledge. It’s what Mr. Jasper calls “Learning how to walk in the unknowns, unclear and undetermined places and spaces.
See beyond your present circumstance: If Eastern Mysticism as it pertains to Meditation, Visualization, and Yoga does not float your boat; try to open yourself up to the east. One of the most important practices that can help you in this transition is opening your 3rd Eye or Pineal Gland. If unfamiliar just google or use YouTube as a starting point for your introduction. You must not be afraid to design what you want your life to look like in 2025, 2030, 2035. Where there is no vision the people perish.
In the end you can do it. I am here to let you know that no man is an island. This expresses the idea that human beings do badly when isolated from others and need to be part of a community in order to thrive. @TrainyourSuccess