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November 2, 2013

Looking Back: Focus on the positives to help overcome limitations

(Continued)

A person can have a fantastic brain just crammed with knowledge. But if there is no understanding or the ability to apply, and when to … there is a big problem. After excelling in the “pluses,” then there is time to work on the limitations or weaknesses.

Or, I should say, there has to be a balance to it all. I could have, if I knew how, at the time, but youths sometimes shut their ears to adult advice.

As you have read these columns for close to 10 years now (and I thank you for all your encouragement), I think, why didn’t I do this years ago? (I often read and reread many of my favorite authors’ accomplishments, gleaning much as I go along).

Have I wasted my years? Was there a failure to get on the right path for me? Was it a guidance counselor, which most schools had “back when”? Was it a teacher who lacked the ability to motivate the class? Didn’t anyone realize that a youth can have more than one interest … perhaps several?

At that time, in that era, life was stereotyped! At least, for me it was and perhaps is for many then and now. Individuality is something I always truly believed in and especially now as I have lived a lifetime.

Stereotyped life pattern was in place with my controlling father: Grow up, good education, perhaps self-supportive, marriage is a must, family, children, and having more than he did … then what? Am I done with life?

O-ops, there are many, many, even innumerable glitches as we live with all the “what ifs”: What if there is a dysfunctional family life? One-parent family? Inadequate schools? Wrong choice of mate? Unwanted children? Ill health? The list can go on along with all the causes of failures. (Pointing always at the other guy and not admitting the truth … sad).

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