Friday, December 16, 2011

Deja Vu!


Hi there! Today a whole bunch of bloggers are doing it again.... reposting something from their archives that bears mentioning again. Thanks so much for stopping by here! I'm slowly getting around to everyone's blogs, so forgive me if I haven't been to yours yet. Between a nasty cold and endless Christmas preparations for my kid's last week of school, free time has been a rarity. But mark my words, I'll get there!!

Here's a post I did back in August called Giving Up:


Who's giving up? You giving up? Not me, that's for darn sure. Although, there are days when I have to set everything aside and refocus. But that's not giving up. That's changing my perspective. And sometimes that's just as important as trying.

Yesterday, I finally got to see the Soul Surfer movie.


You know, the true story of Bethany Hamilton who was attacked by a shark while she was practicing for her upcoming surfing competition and lost her arm, just barely surviving? Have you seen the movie yet? Make the time for this one. Besides the fact that it's set in Hawaii (my most fave place in the world) and the scenery is gorgeous, Bethany's story will move you and touch your heart.

The obvious take-away from her story, is to never give up. That we all face obstacles and adversity and at times, we all will fail. How frustrating it must've been to just make a sandwich with only one hand, let alone trying to get up and balance on a surfboard. No one would've blamed Bethany for giving up surfing ... or even for never going into the water again after what happened.

But she did not let it stop her. And it wasn't easy. Actually, she got so frustrated that she did give up surfing. For awhile. But only to gain some perspective. You know what she did to refocus? Found a way to help others. She went to Thailand right after the tsunami of 2004 and did mission work. How's that for a fresh perspective?

Sometimes we think we have it so bad, we forget there are thousands of people around the world who would give anything to trade places with us. We tend to wallow in our failures and self-pity. Which means it's time to step back and look at what we have already accomplished.

When Bethany returned to Hawaii, she did get back into surfing... and came in 5th place in the Hawaiian regional surfing competition. She didn't win, but she was certainly the only one-armed surfer out there. She didn't give up when things got tougher than she ever imagined. She stopped and focused her attention on what she could do for others. And THAT is what gave her the strength to press on.

Perspective. It's so easy to forget to change it. There's a line in the film that says, "Sometimes we have to change the way we look at things. If we're too close to it, we can't really see it for what it is."

I think about that with my stories. And with writing in general. Hey, it's not the end of the world if that first, second, or third story doesn't pan out like we want. We just ... move on. Until we're ready to get back in the water and catch the next wave. Why? Because it's what we love. And no one, not even ourselves, is going to stand in the way of our dreams.

It's also why we need support from each other. It's why this writing community is so so important. Bethany wouldn't have the guts she has without the support of her loving family and from people around the world who saw her story and sent her letters of support and encouragement. I know we're all supposed to be here in the blogosphere to create our platforms and that jazz ... But it's more than that! We have a network of support and encouragement from each other, and that is what will see us through to our goals.

Gosh, I love you guys. *sniff sniff* LOL! (for dramatic effect) ;)


Hope you enjoyed my repost. For me personally, remembering to never give up is something we have to encourage in ourselves, and those around us.

So tell me, how do you keep perspective? 

39 comments:

MISH said...

So true! We think we have problems? There's always somebody a hundred times worse off than you and I.
So... SOLDIER ON!! It's all about perseverance!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

In truth, most of us here have it better than others in the world.
I keep it in perspective by focusing on who am I really and what do I want to accomplish in life? Then I let my actions follow that path.

Laura Pauling said...

Bethany is so inspiring. I don't think the movie fully did her experience justice though. The book delved much deeper into her struggles. What a hero!

Laura Marcella said...

Hi, PK! I'm here from the Déjá Vu blogfest. :) I haven't seen this film yet, but it looks inspiriting. I know Bethany's story, and she is a remarkable young woman. Wonderful re-post for today! Hope you have a great weekend. :)

Julie said...

I always need to remember this as I have had a bad habit in the past of giving up. This is such an inspiring post, glad you shared it again!

Old Kitty said...

I do remember this post! Taking a deep breath and stepping back always helps! Take care
x

Carol Riggs said...

I really, really want to see that movie! I saw a preview/ad for it. And yay for the support of others; that's a great thing about the writerly community. I love it!

Angeline said...

These sort of stories always make me feel guilty (also The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and My Left Foot). The key is to try and turn that guilt into motivation...

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love this. Both your post and Bethany's story. Too often we limit ourselves. Shame on us!

Carla White said...

I remember reading this the first time you posted it and it came to me at a time when I needed to be reminded not to give up... and I didn't. I also added the movie to my list to watch and finally got around to it a few weeks ago. It was tear jerking and awe-inspiring. Thanks for the recommendation!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I too remember reading this first time around.
I have just had my second book published, if anything could go wrong it did but with tenacity I have finally got a copy of it in my hand. So giving up is not for me.

Yvonne.

julie fedderson said...

I love these sort of inspirational stories. Makes you remember that just living is a gift.

Alison Miller said...

So needed this! And I can't wait to see that movie. My daughter has it on her Christmas list. :)

Pearson Report said...

Without riding too hard on your coat tails I would say I share your outlook on "never giving up".

As an eternal optimist I am willing to do a lot of failing because ultimately it is what leads to great success.

Great Do-Over post - very thought provoking.

Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

Margo Berendsen said...

I finally got around to seeing that movie last month (after someone finally convinced me the attack scene wasn't so bad. It wasn't)

A wonderful movie!!! Great illustration of not giving up and asking for support (and giving it) when needed

DL Hammons said...

Nailed it, PK! There were several themes I expected to reappear today, not giving up being one of them, and your post covered it so well! A great lesson for some of the baby-bloggers.

Thank you for taking part in the blogfest and helping to make today so special! :)

Lydia Kang said...

What an inspiring story. This was a great one to repost.

Thanks so much for joining the Blogfest!

Margo Kelly said...

Seriously! Never give up. You/We never know what is waiting just around the corner for us!!

Great post! :)

L.G.Smith said...

Seriously inspiring story. I don't know if I would have had the courage to get back in the water after something like that. Of course I'm terrified of sharks in the first place, so I wouldn't have been surfing anyway, but still. She's a great example of not giving up.

Jules said...

I'm so glad you re-posted this, just what I needed to read again. Thanks :) and...
PS I still haven't seen this movie :(
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Sarah said...

Her story certainly is inspirational. I don't think I've ever faced anything quite so daunting. It's never occurred to me to give up, especially with writing, because it was just something I needed to do. But again, I have to wonder what it would be like to be challenged like that--this is a great re-post!

LynNerdKelley said...

I want to see that movie. What an inspiring young woman. I enjoyed this post and I'm glad you reposted it. I, too, love the support I'm finding in other writers. It's wonderful. I also enjoy supporting others and especially love hearing their success stories!

Nisa said...

Perspective is a crazy, amazing, beautiful thing. It can be so fragile and so piercing. Wonderful post! Never give up!

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

I saw Soul Surfer on a plane when it first came out. So inspirational. True stories always, usually, are. Great re-post.

Denise

Sophia Chang said...

That is definitely a message we can never tire of hearing!

I've definitely heard of this woman. And I like that she quit first to get perspective before coming back - it's more realistic and something we can relate to than "Oh she was so perfect and jumped right back on the board."

Jemi Fraser said...

Perspective and perseverance - definitely traits we need! :) great repost!!

Vicki Rocho said...

Remembering to change perspectives when you get stuck is vital, I think. Often there is a better solution if you take the time to look for it.

Nancy Thompson said...

I remember this post! It resonates with me even more today, if that's even possible. I have a personal mantra, which I stole from Winston Churchill: "Never quit!"

Rock on , PK!

Melodie Wright said...

Nothing like visiting a third world country after a disaster to gain perspective, right? Thanks for re-posting. I know I can always use the encouragement!

Norma Beishir said...

I enjoyed this one the first time around. Thanks for reposting it, PK!

Donna Yates said...

I remember this post. Thanks for putting it out again. This is just an amazing story about how a girl's will triumphs. Love it.

Medeia Sharif said...

I haven't seen this post, so it was wonderful reading it. What a great story about perseverance. Bethany is an inspiration.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Great choice to repost!!! I agree, get some perspective, but never give up!!!! :D

cleemckenzie said...

Powerful deja vu and definitely a strong message for all of us who often think about throwing it all away.

Glad you reposted it.

Jay Noel said...

Awesome repost.

Bethany's story was shocking when it first made headlines. Just incredible. Shows you how strong the human spirit can be.

LTM said...

I remember this post! And I needed it just as much today as I did back when you wrote it the first time--LOL!

Perspective? You guys. Along with never giving up. Thanks, girl~ Merry Christmas! <3

Theresa Milstein said...

My daughter wants to see this movie. I haven't yet seen it.

I missed this post the first time around. Glad you reposted. She's inspirational to take a tragedy and turn it into a positive.

William Kendall said...

Thanks for reposting, PK. I remember this one from before...

Melissa Bradley said...

I remember this post and it's even better the second time around. A reminder for those of us (namely me) who tend to get frustrated very easily and lower my expectations instead of pushing harder.