Jessica Cox was born without arms and shares about her experience of overcoming obstacles in this incredible video. She says that having a positive attitude and being creative is crucial -- there's always a solution if you're creative. Instead of seeing herself as a victim, she sees herself as empowered. Jessica is the world's first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association. So inspiring!
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When I wrote The Story Of An Imperfect Woman, I ran it by my hubby to get his blessing since it referred, not only to my quirks and imperfections, but to his. He gave me his blessing, but then he said, “I’m not sure it’s such a good idea to tell everyone all of these things.” I asked him why, and he said, “But what about your reputation?” I had to laugh. I mean this guy knows me and loves me, in spite of all these imperfections that are a big part of who I am. He doesn’t expect me to be perfect. And finally, I don’t either.
Did I mention I accidentally wrote a book? My intention while jotting some ideas and thoughts down at my former job was to get some things off my chest, to vent, to explore possible next steps. It was kind of like a journal for this one area of my life, and the page was where I came to rest. Fast forward a couple years' worth of entries, and some distance from the job, and the journal pieces pulled together into quite a provocative story.
What is it that makes us feel helpless in our lives? How best can we handle our perceived powerlessness? How too might this feeling instruct us in more deeply knowing ourselves? Awful as it may be, the anatomy of helplessness is fascinating in all its trickery. When struck by it, we feel impotent to and victims of its torment. We scamper madly about in our panic, in search of any external source of aid to bail us out, convinced as we are in those sputtering moments of our own incompetence. This is understandable given how helplessness holds within it the distinct and scary sense of being utterly out of control. But the dominant trouble when we skip over ourselves in sole favor of outside supports is that we actually re-initiate and compound our helplessness.