Jiao Yang Pei

Can or Can’t? A Life Lesson in Resilience

Another Life Lesson, Can or Can’t…

Even if I have to be embarrassed, I am writing this post this weekend to offer another Life Lesson about whether you Can Or Can’t? Why do it then? – is a natural question. I have no masochistic inclination, but I am encouraged by the many readers who read my recent post ‘Move With The Cheese! A Life Lesson’. The other reason comes from motivation drawn from the quote “It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than Try to be a little kinder.” By the quote from my favourite philosopher and author, Aldous Huxley, I try to be a little kinder. It is my belief that some of you will be inspired to find the strength to move forward when the stakes are high and the going is tough. 

We are not born with the same talents and physical attributes. In fact, many are born with significant physical handicaps that living a “normal” life is a great challenge. That one ingredient that causes some people (and even business & social systems and civilizations) to recover and thrive is that property called resilience – now a subject that is being taught by universities.  And resilience has become a buzz word used by – from business leaders to politicians.

 

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right” Henry Ford had famously said. You may not realise it, but each of us has an inner voice – one which can induce fears inside your head to discourage you or to beat you down, or it can be a cheerleader’s voice to champion your success. The inner voice that you choose to follow will make you think you can or think you can’t. Take Vincent van Gogh‘s advice ‘If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.’ Think you can. You are your own best cheerleader. 

Nick Vujicic…

‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose’.….Oh, The Places You’ll Go! said Dr. Seuss. Now what if someone who is born without arms and has just “flippers” for feet? Watch this video about the courageous Nick Vujicic and be inspired by his positive attitude towards life.

Jiao Yang Pei…

Jiao Yang Pei, is a 24-year-old girl. At nine an accident involving high-voltage wire caused Yang Pei the loss of both her arms. For the next 15 long years, she has learned to live with a smile and make good use of her feet to overcome the hardships of daily living. Using her feet, she can eat, make phone calls, send text messages, dress, cook, tie her hair and prepare to live independently. Five months ago, she moved to Shanghai alone, leaving her mother, in order to prove to her mother that she could take care of herself. Her dream is to start her cross-stitch business to sell her own work. She also wanted her mom to spend more time looking after her younger brother. This is the video of Yang Pei…

 

Note : Hope you can watch the under-twenty minutes video without the need of translation. See it with your heart…