- On February 10, 2015
This week I’m working with a wonderful program, Semper Fi Odyssey, that helps wounded, ill, and injured veterans regain the power of choice to make positive changes in their life.
The message we reinforce through this week-long intensive coaching relationship is the same one I share with my professional clients– YOU have a choice in what you do with what life has thrown at you.
Those ringers can blind-side us with unexpected injuries, or we may have seen them coming in a smoldering failed relationship.
No matter. Your life as you thought it would be is changed. You can be defined by that tragedy… or make the choice to create something positive out of it. You can take back control by your choices.
Once a few of them grasp onto the concept that they have a choice, there is an amazing energy that comes into the room. I have been inspired by men and women with the highly visible wounds of missing limbs, and the invisible wounds of traumatic brain injury and PTS, make the choice to re-engage physically and mentally in life. To dust off their dreams. Commit to working with the physical and mental challenges that are now part of their lives. To move positively forward.
A vet with a series of police run-ins now pursuing law school to help others struggling in the system.
A young man, double amputee, studying biomechanical engineering to make better prosthetics.
A vet starting a non-profit mentoring program to help other vets.
Another studying clinical psychology in order to serve other vets with PTSD.
These men and women have selflessly taken on impossible missions in their military careers and are not used to giving up. In the face of the overwhelming odds facing them with illness or injuries, they just need a caring reminder that they still have the courage, buried deep inside, to make a different choice. A choice to define themselves actively as good parents, as good spouses, as good friends, as doers, as givers…and not passively as victims.
Are you making the choice to play the role of victim of circumstances?
How is that impacting what you want to get done in your life?
What is holding you back from making courageous choices?