When we are young, life seems endless, days last forever and we feel invincible. As the years creep by, and you hit those twilight years the days ahead are shorter, move faster and you feel anxious because you are running out of time and have not accomplished all you wanted to do.
A few years ago, I was in a serious car accident. My car was going uncontrollably fast off the interstate towards a large tree. My life quickly running through my head, I thought of my family whom I would be leaving prematurely. Then I reconciled and said, “Lord, I am yours.” At that very moment, it was if God spun the car so that the impact was on the side and not head-on. As I hung on tightly and squeezed my eyes shut, I felt the car roll and roll and roll. Suddenly I heard the voice of a truck driver, yelling for me to get out of the car, that it was smoking and would catch on fire. I escaped with only minor eye lacerations from the broken glass.
After the accident, I wondered about the meaning of my life. What was I spared to do? If I only had one day left, what words of wisdom would I pass on to humanity? I have often wondered about this question. What can I leave behind to improve people’s lives on earth?
These words are what come to mind: “Impossible” is for those people who do not have determination to make it possible.
You are only limited by the restrictions you place on yourself. As a parent, I always instructed my children that “can’t” is not a word in their vocabulary. That has remained etched in their minds even to this today. I’ve taken this message to students as I mentored and volunteered with at-risk children in low performing schools. This simple message has encouraged them to excel.
What matters most is to believe in yourself and treat others with respect and compassion. Love who you are and embrace the beautiful creature that God has made. Don’t let naysayers feed your doubts. We all have the God-given power within to overcome challenges and rise above any turmoil to succeed. The key is to believe and have faith that you can. The hard times you go through are just building, strengthening and preparing you for greatness.
Remember that even the most brilliant diamond was created under extreme pressure. Be that diamond that shines brilliantly. With that light you will be able to help others see.