Almost perfection, but…
Top 10 Reasons to Change Your Perspective About… Rejoice (a continuation of my feature, Positively Persistent… What a Concept!)
10. Not a pity party; volunteering, civic organizations, hobbies
8. Be adaptable
7. Be animated
6. Be proud
5. Show your muscles
4. Practice, practice and more practice
3. Lighten up; humor
2. No distractions, no interruptions, no matter what
1. “If you make a mistake, then you make a mistake.”
An our world, we want to be the best cunning, the best clever, the best action-oriented that we could possibly be about our intelligence. However, intermittently, we have gaps and errors that even though we didn’t realize it at the beginning, it is still a decision of blunder that irritates us from time to time.
A quick story: in 1991, about 3 to 4 months after my massive stroke, one of the “classes” I took was speech therapy. You see, I acquired global aphasia, a language disorder which. at the beginning, I could not communicate one iota.
So, there I was, just trying to start with simple words and unfussy sentences. But, no matter how much I tried, I was struggling handling, butchering the English language magnificently and with no lifeline coming.
I was frustrated. I was angry. I was isolated. And, most of all, I was thinking about if my “gift of gab” was now going to be destroyed going further and have a rocky road from now on.
While waiting in my shame after “class” was over, at the time, I could not drive, so my youngest brother, David, pick me up. A professional actor and teacher, David knew something was definitely off course regarding my struggles with speech and asked how he can help.
I tried to explain, the best that I can, what had transpired, and finally, David said something that was so earth-shattering and momentous, that it changed my life instantaneously.
Basically, David said, “If you make a mistake, then you make a mistake.”
So powerful, yet so benign, I realized what this meaning said. Yes, I am going to make mistakes, I am going to be vague and unclear. But then I also have the light-bulb go on that everyone has the same struggles that I do. It’s just human nature.
Positively persistent means that we don’t need to be godlike or a superhero concerning the art of language. At intervals the words escape us, but if we sustain a strong concept and a true vision, then our true nature will shine very brightly.