By Georgia Smith, MA
The following is a true story…
In the third grade, a young boy’s teacher told his parents that their son was not “just a slow reader,” but that he had a reading disorder. It was at that moment that the mother understood why her son would sit for hours in tears trying to learn 10 vocabulary words. The parents hired a reading specialist who worked with him and taught him some tools to improve his reading ability. Even with these helpful tools, the specialist told the parents that he would never be able to go to a four-year university because it would be too difficult and too fast paced for him.
However, this young boy was full of life, youthfulness, and his innocence did not know defeat.
His mother and father did not accept this “disorder” prognosis as defeat. They continued to inspire, encourage, and instill confidence that he could accomplish anything he set his heart and mind to. The day came when he decided he wanted to go to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. His reading “disorder” was his adversity, but he made the choice to not let it defeat him. He believed in himself and had a dream in his heart. Not only did he achieve a degree in civil engineering, but he also went on to obtain an MBA from Rice University, where he graduated with honors. Life gave him adversity, but he had a dream. He did not allow this adversity to defeat him. Although he was faced with challenges along the way, he was determined, driven, and successful by taking one step at a time. He did not allow adversity to win.
The story I write about is that of my oldest son. I am his mother! I tell you this story to inspire you to fulfill your dreams and be the person that encourages others to fulfill their dreams.
Looking forward, 2017 is a year of rebirth towards our new desires and those desires that we think are lost––a new dream, a new hope, a new beginning.
Adversity works against our dreams. The definition of adversity is misfortune, trouble, difficulty, hardship, distress, disaster, tribulation, and trauma. Adversity attempts to prevent our desires, hopes, and dreams from being fulfilled.
Do we welcome adversity? Of course not. Sometimes the negative aspects of adversity can be utilized to drive us towards our dreams. Inspiration of a dream is beautiful and prevents us from living a dull, mundane life. Physical endeavors and boundaries would not be improved; challenges and intellectual accomplishments would not be met. Life would be systematic with little change and growth in human expansion physically, intellectually, and spiritually. It is our dreams and visions that drive us to live life to the fullest.
What are your dreams for 2017?
A few basic steps to begin fulfilling both new and old dreams:
- Write down what you would like to accomplish.
- Tell your ideas to someone you trust and respect. Someone who will both encourage and speak truth.
- Begin building a timeline. Update it often.
- Write a positive statement to yourself and read it whenever you have negative thoughts. A statement that refutes thoughts of fear and hopelessness.
- When adversity comes, recognize it.
Let go of what is already behind you.
The day is before you.
Go after your dreams.
He is a good, good Father.
Georgia Smith is in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas providing counseling for children, adolescents, adults, and marriage and family. She is also an author of two books and a public speaker. Georgia may be reached at 469-855-0256 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.counselingbygeorgia.com