Power of will
No doubt about it: where there’s a will, there’s a way.
(T. Selva, The Star’s Sunday Metro editor)
WILLPOWER is a self-discipline energy which every individual possesses. It is not something that is reserved for a few special people only.
To learn to invoke this inner power is vital because every person can improve his or her well-being when the energy is roused.
In self-improvement studies, the hidden strength is regarded as the success tool in all areas of life.
All of us have it and awakening it is important so that we are able to cope with the various challenges because our life is not a bed of roses nor it is full of thorns either.
The ups and downs we experience should be viewed as an art of living because our existence is a lifelong learning process.
We should face all challenges using our strong willpower and without giving up.
I have a high regard for people who have strong willpower, determination and the force to overcome all shortcomings and obstacles in life because they are successful in whatever they undertake.
I am writing this because I was particularly moved and mesmerised last night after watching the charity performance Awakening, which showcased the talents of 27 Chinese performers from the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe in Kuala Lumpur.
Despite being deaf and dumb, the talented dancers had the power to evoke in each of us a deeper understanding of our lives and of the world around us.
They portrayed independence, enhanced our sense of self-worth, and provided an avenue for everyone to learn and develop creative talents and skills.
And, perhaps most importantly, the artistes made the audience at the Plenary Hall in the KL Convention Centre realise that nothing is impossible in life if you have the willpower.
The extraordinary troupe reflected both the capabilities of people with disabilities and the power of will to transcend all barriers in the quest to reach their full potential.
Two friends whom I had invited for the show turned down the invitation saying that the show would make them feel gloomy because they would not be able to handle seeing the handicapped performing.
I felt sad for them because they could have been inspired by the performances and not otherwise because the world-class dancers displayed their superb art just like able people, if not better.
How one perceives a handicapped person is a reflection of one’s own attitude towards them and this is unfair to the impaired people whom I think should be seen with ordinary eyes.
We should be sensitive and respect people who are disabled and also understand their feelings, culture, heritage, and the language unique to deaf people of the world.
The show was unique and dazzling both visually and musically and the Chinese artistes also challenged us to recognise outmoded stereotypes and destructive attitudes that too often hinder people with disabilities in the aim to reach their goals.
They left a lasting impression in the hearts of the spectators to understand and appreciate life and mankind’s diversity as well as the goals and values we share.
I strongly feel that there is a need to integrate the able with the disabled to create better understanding, love and compassion.
People with special needs should not feel imprisoned because of their disability.
They should not feel shy about what they are and they should feel confident and that their disability does not mean they are worth less than other people.
The truth is that everyone can reach high levels if they have the willpower to make a decision, take action, and handle and execute any task until it is accomplished, regardless of inner and outer resistance, discomfort or difficulties.
The will is so powerful that it has the ability to overcome laziness, temptations and negative habits, and to carry out actions, even if they require effort, are unpleasant and tedious or are contrary to one’s habits.
T. Selva, The Star’s Sunday Metro editor, says the handicapped should be seen as a reflection of life as to how fortunate we are.
Tips on tapping into your inner strength
- Play soothing music and calm yourself and stay away from noisy places and disturbing sounds.
- Distance yourself from anger, frustrations, negativity and things that upset you.
- When faced with difficult situations, remind yourself that tough times do not remain but tough people do.
- Maintain a positive attitude no matter how difficult the situation and remain focused and clear.