39 Days ’til 40: Damaged, but Capable

13 Jan



I was slightly brain-damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn’t let a disability get in the way.  I want to raise awareness – I want to turn my disability into ability. ~ Susan Boyle

Everybody’s damaged by something. ~ Emma Donoghue

Most people tend to think the best of those who are blessed with beauty; we have difficulty imagining that physical perfection can conceal twisted emotions or a damaged mind. ~ Dean Koontz

If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. ~ Thomas A. Edison

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. ~ Abraham Maslow

Ability is what you’re capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it. ~ Raymond Chandler

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. ~ John Wooden

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

I am always personally challenged when I realize how many individuals in our world have an incredible resiliency as they encounter obstacles in their lives.  So many people face their hurdles with positive attitudes and embrace the learning opportunities that are concurrent.  They walk away with a deeper sense of self, a stronger character, and a strong sense of purpose in life.

Today, 39 days ’til 40, I am reminded that we all have been damaged in one way or another, but we are all still quite capable, if we are willing to acknowledge, embrace, and fulfill the abilities we are able to perform.



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44 responses to “39 Days ’til 40: Damaged, but Capable

  1. Chatter Master

    January 13, 2013 at 00:58

    Wonderful insight!

  2. Julie

    January 13, 2013 at 02:01

    Nominated you for VBA My blogpost about it will be up tomorrow. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

    • 400daystil40

      January 13, 2013 at 22:13

      Wow, Julie, thank you so much for the compliment!!!

      • Julie

        January 13, 2013 at 22:33

        Very welcome. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Another Thousand Words

    January 13, 2013 at 05:35

    These are wonderful quotes, 400, which I wish more people would take to heart! After being so close to death eight months ago, I made a goal of living each day to its fullest–put the pain aside, and go take a walk, I said to self…and the walking has shown me so many new things (to photograph), things I so totally ‘skipped past’ before. It’s a terrible feeling, facing death, yet anyone can ‘set their mind’ in the right, positive place, and benefit greatly (IMHO–I am an artist, not a psychologist, Haha!)!

    • 400daystil40

      January 13, 2013 at 22:12

      Thank you so much! I am so glad that you have continued to walk!

  4. deWriterMD

    January 13, 2013 at 06:22

    Reblogged this on MetaRead360 Small Press presents and commented:
    Wonderful quote..amazing attitude!

  5. Lucianus Mauricius

    January 13, 2013 at 09:04

    Indeed, we’ve all been damaged in one way or another. We all beat the scars of what happened to us, yet we continue walking forward in life. There are times when our damages become obstacles, but we cannot allow ourselves to stop for to long pondering on them, we must move forward.
    Thank for sharing this post.

  6. Julie

    January 13, 2013 at 15:00

    absolutely true. If I really believed I was as bad a writer as I think I am I wouldn’t have a blog. Many times we are too critical of ourselves, and let our fear, and old inner tapes get in our way.

  7. veronicahaunanifitzhugh

    January 13, 2013 at 15:47

    Howdy! Congratulations! I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. For details,

    • 400daystil40

      January 13, 2013 at 22:10

      Wow, thank you so much for making me smile today!!!!! 🙂

      • veronicahaunanifitzhugh

        January 13, 2013 at 23:49

        you’re welcome!

  8. Bob Faw

    January 13, 2013 at 18:38

    Well stated. Everyone has sustained damage. It is part of being alive. It’s what we choose to do afterwards that determines our fate the most.
    I experienced some extreme violence as a child, and yet I have helped thousands of people learn how to live more positive and helpful lives.
    Their are countless people who choose a path of helping, growing and joy. This is a good thing, because there are just as many people who turn away from that path.

    • 400daystil40

      January 13, 2013 at 22:09

      Thank you, Bob! I too had a rough childhood and, like you, I did not use it as an excuse, I turned it around and helped others – it is a good feeling! 🙂

  9. Cup O Swank Studio

    January 13, 2013 at 20:19

    “An artist’s life is the best in the world, if you can get through the first 40 years.” Thomas Hart Benton, American painter.

    You’re almost to the best part! 🙂

  10. Spider42

    January 14, 2013 at 15:04

    Exceedingly well said.

  11. simon7banks

    January 15, 2013 at 19:39

    This for me is one of those great YES, BUTs. These are inspiring words. But what if Hitler, dreaming of remaking the world in his image, had heard the opposite and been discouraged? After all, we are all capable of being murderers.

    • 400daystil40

      January 15, 2013 at 22:57

      it is true, there is always that side.

  12. Gardengirl

    January 22, 2013 at 14:42

    This is a wonderful post! I used it as the inspiration for mine today and linked back to you. I gave you full credit for the inspiration.

    • 400daystil40

      January 22, 2013 at 20:41

      Thank you so much, Julie!!!

      • Gardengirl

        January 22, 2013 at 22:28

        You are so welcome. It struck a chord in me and I just couldn’t let it go.

  13. Hattie Wilcox

    January 29, 2013 at 00:08

    Like the saying goes, my life began at 40. I had a dream job, I went to Europe for the first time, and adopted my first child. And the good news? As time passed and I got older, it got better. So you might wanna strap yourself in and get ready for better experiences than you’ve had to date.

    • 400daystil40

      January 30, 2013 at 00:25

      Wow, sounds like we have some things in common (I have two adopted kids and we head overseas a lot)…. I look forward to the good that will come… soon!

  14. jfreelancer1

    January 30, 2013 at 21:45

    I rememember turning forty. I was the managing editor of a newspaper in the Palm Springs area and wrote about it in my weekly column. It was a time when I was attempting to do exactly what you’re doing there; a time of tansition from a ‘kid’ to ‘adult’, sort of. I started noticing a bald spot — or at least a spot there the hair was thinning. I was more annoyed by the spare tire I was lugging around (still am, only it’s lost a little air now) and I first started to think about my bucket list — which I would never get through since it’s so long. Didn’t mean to prattle on so, but keep your chin up — it keeps getting better. I’ve had 20 years experience being forty now.

    • 400daystil40

      January 30, 2013 at 23:48

      Thanks so much! Hmm… mabe I need to start that bucket list……..

  15. jfreelancer1

    January 30, 2013 at 21:46

    P.S. I really like your theme!

  16. jengolightly

    January 30, 2013 at 21:54

    I had every bad thing happen to me, and felt broken and ashamed and it became an excuse just to hurt. I met up with someone I totally admire who has always had the greatest life and they had worse happen to them. I had to make myself stop the hurt, there was no need for it.

    • 400daystil40

      January 30, 2013 at 23:47

      Wow, it sounds like you have had a healing journey.

  17. carlakempert

    January 31, 2013 at 22:00

    Neat. I’m almost 6 years past 40. While I miss my younger days, I wouldn’t go back. I know too much now to give that up. 🙂 Good job!

  18. yingyangyoga

    February 6, 2013 at 21:42

    thank you!

    i sometimes think the similar, maybe more pessimistic “damaged, but no longer capable”. then i remind myself the power of words have over us and i change my wording to “fixable and capable in my own terms and not someone else’s” i had to learn the hard way to set boundaries and value myself more, bc i used to say ‘yes’ to everything at work till burnout overtook me.

    i ignore age…youthfulness can be seen in the eyes of a person or their attributes and personality- to escape time and transcend it through good deeds and not taking life to seriously. we are all ageless souls : )

    • 400daystil40

      February 6, 2013 at 23:24

      Thank you so much for your wonderful insight!


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