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Who Says I Can't?!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Often I have been encouraged by accounts of individuals who have overcome profound challenges and succeeded at their goals ANYWAY.

"Jothy Rosenberg is the author of the memoir "Who Says I Can't?" who lost a leg at age 16. He is a serial entrepreneur in the high-tech industry, has written three technical books, is an extreme athlete in skiing, biking and open water swimming and is about to do his 20th Alcatraz swim across San Francisco Bay. He has a series "Who Says I Can't?" on YouTube."

I was gripped by a column he wrote concerning those who have lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing. My struggles IN NO WAY compare to that loss, to that trauma, to that heavy trial. Nonetheless I can be uplifted and energized by Mr. Rosenberg's accomplishments and his analysis of the process of building a full, active life. Here is the original article:

Below is my paraphrase, ALTERED to galvanize myself on this journey to health:

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Building back lost self-esteem is a hard challenge for an obese person, but it is a crucially important one. How does one do it? I found that enjoyable movement and active recreation is key.

With so many different kinds of sports and recreation, there will be something you can enjoy.
Pick something you like.
Work hard at it.
Work harder than anyone else.
You can't help but get good at it.
That feels good.
That makes you want to work even harder.
You keep getting better and better at it and then others stop saying you are pretty good, considering how heavy you are, and start respecting you.
You've won and your self-esteem rises and takes your happiness up with it.
More self-respect and more fitness accomplishments gradually impacts how heavy I am, too. That's a bonus.

The natural challenge-response we all have in us is what can be the biggest help to a fat girl who goes biking or running or tries some other recreation. It goes like this: "You can't run; you're enormous." Says the fat girl, "Who says I can't?!" and she will be off and running. I'm just not going to fall into the pity tar-pit. If an amputee or a double amputee can overcome, I can, too. In fact, I can do better than I or anyone around me ever thought possible. Like amputees, I can even excel far beyond what I had ever accomplished before my body became unrecognizable, before I became obese.

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The previous paragraphs were taken from Jothy Rosenberg's CNN column; I adapted his sentences to my own less-than-perfect-body struggle, which is order to inspire my own quest. I share this here in case it might help someone else who needs to rise up and say, "Who Says I Can't?!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WARMSPRINGDAY 4/20/2013 8:53AM

    I say "you can." And you will. Lean hard on the everlasting God.

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WATCHMEGO! 4/19/2013 6:03AM

    Thanks! I needed this particular post today.

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RUNNINGOMA 4/19/2013 5:04AM

    Well said! Great blog! emoticon

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XXMILAXX 4/19/2013 3:44AM

    Thanks! Will check it out. emoticon

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LIGHTONMYFEET7 4/18/2013 11:27AM

    love it!!!!

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NANCY- 4/18/2013 11:08AM

    What a wonderful empowering message.
Mr. Rosenberg said: "I fought back against the doubt and characterization of me as somehow fragile and limited."
Our perceptions are key.

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VISUALLYRICS 4/18/2013 10:54AM

    Thank You, Jesus, for Overcomers like this man FL describes...and there are so many other stories! I give You all the glory for giving us victory through our circumstances!

emoticon Phil 4:13....:::in Jesus name! emoticon

I can SO relate to building back lost self-esteem ....oh my goodness....I can tell you that I WAS transformed. All due to His Grace! I just prepared to sweat like a pig...LOL! ...::to develop an iron will, as well as resilience. I did because of my Savior.
I hear His Voice over me ....::::His Song is the most Amazing sound ever.

Love your blog, FL! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYFULMOMTO5 4/18/2013 10:41AM

    Thank you. I needed this, too! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/18/2013 10:17AM

    Wow, thank you for putting together this incredible blog!!!

You are right: WHO SAYS WE CAN'T?

The answer, almost always, is that WE say we can't. emoticon

We just have to start and keep going. That's always been the key to incredible accomplishments. Thank you again for sharing a great message.

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