One day early this week, BBC World News America concluded that evening’s news with a clip about Jessica Cox. In it she states that “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond”.Who is better qualified or more credible than Jessica Cox to make such a statement?
She was born on February 2, 1983, without arms – a very rare birth defect. Note, from the outset, that life is not perfect. There is ample proof of this in the prayers we make everyday. For Jessica to see her birth defect as a mere 10% of her life is truly motivational. In her 30 years she has accomplished far more than most people ever accomplish in a lifetime. With her legs, she plays the piano, feeds and dresses herself, has a black belt in karate, drives a car and even flies an airplane and sky-dives.
Her story is the best illustration of the power of the mind and will. Accomplishments and achievement, and true success come from internal fortitude, not external circumstances.
According to a documentary about Jessica Cox, those present at the hospital in Sierra Vista, Arizona where she was born, were emotionally devastated with a sense of helplessness when they saw her. Today, that sense of helplessness has been swallowed in the motivational life that she has become.
There are many examples of people who have overcome adversity with spiritual resourcefulness, though Jessica’s example surpasses all. The overriding message in this story is that there is enough resource within each one of us to accomplish unimaginable feats despite external circumstances. What stands in the way of accomplishing those feats is two-fold: One is lack of knowledge of the spiritual resources and two, lack of connection with ourselves.
In the following posts we will explore how to access those spiritual resources by connecting with our inner being.