“Every life’s battle is less about what the challenging situation calls itself; it’s more about what you call the situation!” -DrOsaz
America’s greatest inventor (of devices like light bulb, motion picture camera, phonograph, etc.), Thomas Edison once came back home from school as a little kid with a paper for his mother. He told her, “My teacher told me to give this paper only to my mother.”
Thomas’ mother read the note & her eyes filled with tears. Wondering why, Thomas asked his mother what the note said, and she looked at him with a smile and read aloud; “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.”
And that’s exactly what Thomas’ mother did; she home-schooled her child with devotion and dedication.
Many years later, after Thomas Edison’s mother passed on, and he was now one of the world’s greatest inventors, he found a folded paper among other family items. He opened the very same paper that had been handed to him to give to his mother and read the following message: “Your son is mentally ill. We won’t let him come to school anymore.”
At that moment, Edison realised what his mother had done for him so many years ago. He wrote in his diary: “Thomas Alva Edison, an addled/mentally ill child who by a hero mother became the genius of the century.”
Can you imagine what might have happened to Thomas Edison’s self-esteem & intelligence if his mother had read to him the reckless and hurtful words written by his teacher?
I wonder how many other ‘Thomas Edisons’ the world has lost to self-deflating words?
What self-demeaning story are you re-echoing to yourself just because it’s your teacher, mentor, parent, friend, or lover that intentionally/unintentionally threw it at you?
This new week, take up the challenge of identifying limiting words you’ve been saying to yourself that are deflating your self-belief/self-esteem, and convert them to empowering words.
You can recreate your world with your words as “your subconscious mind (the seat of your soul) responds more to your perception of a situation than its reality.” – DrOsaz
It’s a loaded week- go & lock it down with the right self-talks!
You are unstoppable!