Aug 222012

Okay guys, I need your help… fast!

I have received a request to talk to a group of kids… a speech… “Overcoming Obstacles”… This speech is going to be part of the pre-game devotional Friday morning. I’m feeling very honored but… I don’t know that I’ve really overcome any obstacle.

Sure I have a progressive disabling disease. But have I overcome it? I don’t think so. It’s more like I’ve adjusted (sort of) to living WITH it.

On the one hand I suppose overcoming some obstacles is all in the acceptance and learning to live with the obstacle. But something is niggling at me in the background. I’ve always pictured in my mind an obstacle being similar to a hurdle. And we all know I ain’t jumpin no hurdles! (sorry for that bad bit of grammar Muff)

Anyway… if any of you have any ideas, thoughts, stories, etc. about overcoming the obstacles of this blasted affliction – PLEASE SHARE THEM WITH ME!

Thank you…and now we resume our with our regular programming.

Being an adult is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.

  9 Responses to “A Speech?”

  1. thank you… all of you! your words have been a real encouragement and you have given me some great ideas on how to take my physical and mental obstacles & segue them into a football motivational speech 🙂 thank you thank you!

  2. When you race, there are always many obstacles to be jumped before the end of the race. From what I’m reading, you are seeing MS as THE obstacle. The race is life, and MS adds obstacles to the running. Finding the will to get out of bed, live life and join in on the pursuit of happiness are the obstacles. Any day you do these things, you surmount an obstacle.

  3. And being a single mother and the things you’ve dealt with/gone through/overcome in that respect?? You have overcome so much with the MS as well, God knows that is the truth. But think, you are so much more than your MS. You have that, plus a plethora of other things to draw from for your speech, as well as for your own self image!!! You are a beast, woman, you rock!!!!!

  4. I guess trying to have a positive attitude would be my advice.

  5. Folks we are here today to learn about overcoming obstacles, know that is very important to really know what your are working towards. Identify the obstacle. Make sure what you are putting your energies into is what you truly want. Look to what kinds of changes getting what you desire will create in your life. Make sure you are totally ok with the changes. You know what……….screw all that, I was just copying it from the web anyway. Just say this “Get up off your lazy asses and quit sticking your hands out waiting for someone to hand you something. Quit feeling sorry for yourself and do like I did when I discovered this demon within me, start figuring out a way to beat it.”
    Or maybe you shouldn’t say that.

    Maybe you should listen to Judy, her suggestion sound more positive. Love ya gal!

  6. I’m with Sandra Lock. Honesty is the key. And focusing on what you can do – and ways of rearranging things so you can still do things – like doing them early when you have more energy or it is cooler. Or one I am proud of: I wanted a pumpkin curry. I am no longer safe with knives. There was no-one to cut the damn vegetable up for me. So I went outside and threw it on the deck. It tasted very good.
    You will rock this – and wouldn’t have been asked if they didn’t know. Can we see a copy of your address?

  7. The point I wanted to make is that it is not the size of the obstacle that determines success, but the attitude.

  8. One of my favorite motivational quotes is the following:
    “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell
    You can find other quotes at

  9. Well i don’t have MS but i do have Fibro…and I was a teacher so I know that the most important thing is to be honest and open. Students respond to that…well all people do! But hopefully you get my drift 😉
    I don’t think that you do overcome obstacles – having had more than my fair share I think as you’ve said above that it’s more a question of acceptance and adjustment. Being willing to re-learn and focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t. And letting go…vigilantly working at realising that you can’t change the illness just how you deal with it.
    Am I making any sense? It’s early and my brain fog is terrible lately.
    Good luck – Im sure you’ll do well. Try and have fun and include some interaction with the students.
    (I have no idea what experience you have doing stuff like this so apologies if I’ve stated the obvious…)

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