As a book coach, I often reflect on the amazing people I’ve met. I believe all encounters are part of God’s master plan, but there are some that stand out more than others. I remember when my husband Tom introduced me to his blind friend, Bill. I’d never known a blind person, so I didn’t know what to expect.
“So you guys worked together?” I asked
“Yeah,” Bill said, “I was in consulting, and Tom was in tax.”
“Consulting can be rough on the home life,” I said. “You probably traveled a lot. Out Monday mornings and home on Thursday nights, right?”
“I lived that way for years,” he said, “until I got shot.”
Tom jumped in. “That’s why Bill is blind. He was in Atlanta, coming out of the MARTA station with his boss and their customer. Some deranged guy jumped out and shot all three of them. Bill’s bullet entered and exited through his temples, and it severed his optic nerve. He’s been blind ever since. The other two guys died.”
“It was an adjustment,” he said, “but it wasn’t really that big a deal. I thought, ‘This is the way my life is now, so I may as well get on with it.’ And I did.”
“Wasn’t that big a deal! How could you say that?” I asked.
“It just wasn’t,” he said. “I made up my mind to get back to doing the things I loved as soon as I could. It didn’t make sense to sit around feeling sorry for myself.”
“Get this,” Tom interjected. “He really did get back to the things he loved. Six months later, he was snow skiing.”
“That’s amazing, Bill. Really inspirational. Have you ever thought about writing a book?” I asked.
“A book?” he snorted. “What would I write about? I wouldn’t have anything to say. I just took things one day at a time and got back to being me. That’s not very interesting. I can’t imagine anybody would want to read about that.” He shook his head, rejecting the idea.
Reject The Belief That Your Story Isn’t Inspirational
I don’t know about you, but I think Bill’s story is incredibly interesting—amazing, inspiring, and unusual. I wanted to learn how Bill was able to simply accept the fact that he was blind. I wanted to know what he’d done to reenter life as a fully functional man. And I wanted to know what sparked the thought that he could snow ski again.
Surely he’d been faced with all the can’ts: You can’t drive, you can’t go out by yourself, you can’t travel, you can’t work, you can’t date, you can’t ever be a whole human being again. And you certainly can’t ever snow ski again. That part of your life is over. You will be in the dark forever.
But Bill didn’t think those things. Instead, he put one foot in front of the other and lived what he thought was an unremarkable life. That he actually thought his life was unremarkable, to me, is remarkable.
In fact, Bill isn’t unusual. As a book coach, I’ve met hundreds of people who have been through things, have learned things, have discovered things, and have developed things that could truly change the world—if only the world knew about them. But there’s a nagging voice in their heads that tells them that they’re average, that they don’t have anything to say, that nobody would care about their story, that it’s not a big deal. Just the opposite, however, is actually true.
What if someone out there is going through what you’ve been through, but the difference is that they had hope and help along their journey? That hope and help is in the form of YOUR book, YOUR story, YOUR healing. Someone needs to hear what you have to say-their life could literally depend on it. Contact us today if you’re ready to get started a book coach!