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What is a Beautiful Mind? We are more than our external appearance written by Sandy Hobley
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder – is beauty something that we can only see, such as a beautiful face, beautiful eyes, or a beautiful body shape? But what is a beautiful mind? Is it possible to recognise a beautiful mind?
I can hear you saying, “Sandy, you can’t see a beautiful mind!” but I beg to differ.
Let me explain… A beautiful mind is a mind where self-talk is edifying, it is motivating, it is joyful, full of gratitude and has heart. Speaking of heart, does your heart beat only for you, or does it beat to serve others which in turn, fills your heart with love and compassion?
I found the question of how to see a beautiful mind quite confronting. I have had to really challenge some of my thinking on this question, to be able to achieve some of the goals that I am now reaching.
Let me give you some background so we are on the same page. I have eleven different learning issues. Visual and auditory dyslexia, Irlen, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, auditory processing, sensitive person syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and spatial dyslexia. This cohort of learning issues meant that how I saw myself from the inside was constantly being challenged by people who said, ‘if you just tried harder’, or ‘if you just listened more’, or ‘if you just concentrated more’. I was often told that ‘you will be lucky to get a job when you leave school.’
The problem I had was that I wasn’t diagnosed with anything until I was 22 years old and then it was only visual dyslexia. I read through six different patterns of word movement when I looked at text in a book.
But did I let it hold me back? Absolutely not! I love reading books. I am now an internationally published author, am asked by other people to be included in their books and asked to give advice on how to make their written material dyslexic friendly.
You see as women, we are designed to be stretched to our limits and turn lemons into lemonade. We have the ability to think fast on our feet. We have a beauty that cannot be matched. If you let your imagination go on a journey you will see that a woman is magnificent no matter what her size or skin colour. It is the beauty of her mind that counts.
When a woman falls pregnant, she immediately falls in love with her baby. She dedicates her life to caring, sharing and nurturing that baby through sleepless nights, sickness and health. She becomes a protector and teacher. Her heart and mindset are full of pure abundance for that child.
Personally, by having my awesome cohort of so-called learning issues, I am filled with gratitude because I need to have a plan, i.e. I can’t just simply start something. I need to have the finished concept planned first and then work to fulfil the plan or goal. This gives me an ability to think in whole pictures.
I use this same thinking in my business. I work with organisations who deal with people of all ages that have been through sexual abuse, domestic violence and learning issues. I have the awesome pleasure of redefining how they see and think about themselves.
You see the mind is the most powerful organ in your body. Having said that, you don’t know what you are capable of until you are doing it.
I didn’t know I was capable of writing books. I had no idea of nouns or verbs. I leave words out in sentences and can even write the sentence around the wrong way. I use the wrong words in the wrong places and let’s not even mention spelling. But I had a passion to show by example that just because a person has a challenge, that it doesn’t have to define you.
‘You were knitted together in your mother’s womb’ is one of my favourite quotes from the Bible (Psalm 139:13). I haven’t met a woman yet who won’t sit for hours clicking her needles endlessly together to bring to life a finished article. She loves seeing what she is knitting coming to life and is as proud as punch as she sees her child strutting around in the finished garment.
You know, I am my mother’s finished garment and I will strut proudly as every stitch was done in love. Therefore I will love me and be in gratitude.
Now I have a desire to make the wider community more aware of just how gifted dyslexics are. In my work I have a passion to turn the light on in people’s eyes and let them see into the possibilities in their future. What does your future possibility hold for you?
Author of this article:
Sandy Hobley was diagnosed as dyslexic at age 22. Despite many difficulties she found her niche in sales. By age 50 she no longer saw her dyslexia as a burden but a gift. As a result of her battle with learning difficulties she has written 3 books and brings her talents out into the public arena. She is helping to encourage and motivate others to accept and embrace their uniqueness through her weekly radio program and website.