My Hearing Loss and Overcoming Obstacles

John, I agree with you 100%. People look at the success of another and say to themselves “This is why they overcame their tragedy!” But in their IGNORANCE they lose sight of the fact that people like Keanu became and continue to be successful despite their tragedies. Also, when they compare themselves and see how horribly they responded to their own tragedies, they say it is because they did not have the help or resources to overcome the tragedy. I call BS on that excuse. We have all undergone our own tragedies; I have way more friends in Heaven waiting for me than someone in their forties should. Especially when th I se peoe never did drugs and worked hard to help others. But, I digress… in the words of a well known J.N. role; “Suck it up, Buttercup!” We all have our tragedies and pitfalls; there are those among us who rise and overcome and then there are those who keep themselves in the muck and mire out of self-pity. Those who cannot escape the muck and mire need to let go of the pain and make room for strength.

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Because this story is about him, and not you. Sorry for the loss of your son. But you are tryingnto compare tragic events. My best friend lost his 3 children in a house fire. Why is your life so tragic again? See how that works?

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He also lost a child. And then, his marriage fell apart because of that loss, and then his x-wife was killed in a car accident less than 2 years after their loss. That is pretty tragic. I’ve lost a child too, Im sorry for your loss. All they are stating is that even in that tragedy, he still has compassion. Too often people become bitter and angry and mean.

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I can remember the time before I learned to speak, and how I used to struggle to express my thoughts by means of the manual alphabet--how my thoughts used to beat against my finger tips like little birds striving to gain their freedom, until one day Miss Fuller opened wide the prison-door and let them escape. I wonder if she remembers how eagerly and gladly they spread their wings and flew away. Of course, it was not easy at first to fly. The speech-wings were weak and broken, and had lost all the grace and beauty that had once been theirs; indeed, nothing was left save the impulse to fly, but that was something. One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. But, nevertheless, it seemed to me sometimes that I could never use my speech-wings as God intended I should use them; there were so many difficulties in the way, so many discouragements; but I kept on trying, knowing that patience and perseverance would win in the end. And while I worked, I built the most beautiful air-castles, and dreamed dreams, the pleasantest of which was of the time when I should talk like other people, and the thought of the pleasure it would give my mother to hear my voice once more, sweetened every effort and made every failure an incentive to try harder next time. So I want to say to those who are trying to learn to speak and those who are teaching them: Be of good cheer. Do not think of to-day's failures, but of the success that may come to-morrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles--a delight in climbing rugged paths, which you would perhaps never know if you did not sometime slip backward--if the road was always smooth and pleasant. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. Sometime, somewhere, somehow we shall find that which we seek. We shall speak, yes, and sing, too, as God intended we should speak and sing.

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Thank you, Melissa and Venus for standing up for Darcy. No man has the right to criticize a woman who, like Darcy, when a 13-year-old girl — girl — was raped by her own father’s best friend. The repercussions in every area of her life — from psyche to the family dinner table, from physical to spiritual, from trust to feeling trashed — cannot fairly be minimized as some male commenters here have attempted to do. I am often embarrassed for the “mansplaining” (yes, it is a fair term) that some men will attempt to do in an effort not to face the collective reality of extremes of male violence against females of all ages. No, not all men, of course not all men. But far too many. And for any man to bash Darcy indirectly or directly for speaking about her pain is part of the problem. I am sorry for your pain, Darcy, and for your loss. May you find caring people to be in your world going forward.

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His life isn’t any more tragic than yours and I’m personally very saddened by yiur loss and grief as I am for Keanu’s. However, Keanu lost several people in a short span and still is not bitter about what he has or to humankind in general, it seems. Though I’m going solely on things I’ve heard, watched and read and know neither him nor you, I would think rising above such grief and hardship would take extreme strength. So with that, congrats to you on rising above your hardships. I pray you are not bitter toward humankind or others who have also risen above their hardships.