WHAT GIFTS ARE INSIDE YOUR SOUL

by Roddie Harris • More.com Member { View Profile }

WHEN I WAS TWO YEARS OLD I HAD POLIO AND ENCEPHLITIS  AND
SPENT MANY WEEKS IN THE HOSPITAL IT WAS A LONG RECOVERY
WITH LIMITATION I STRUGGLED TO GET WELL AND IN THE PROCESS
LEARNED I HAD ARTISTIC GIFTS THAT BECAME A CAREER CHOICE
LATER IN MY LIFE.
I GREW UP IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA IN 1944.
THROUGH MY LIFE I HAVE TURNED TO THE ARTS WHEN DIFFULTITES
CAUSED ME PAIN OR FRUSTRATION I WOULD REACH FOR MY CANVAS
AND PAINTS OR CREATE OUTFITS OUT OF USED SCRAPS.

AFTERS YEARS WORKING AS A DISPLAY TRIMMER I FELL OFF A
LADDER AND BROKE MY KNEE IN THREE PLACES, IT WAS A
LONG RECOVERY WITH 8 SURGERIES IN THE PAST TEN YEARS
WHILE I WAS RECOVERING  I DESIGNED AND MADE UNIQUE
NECKLACES, AND PINS WHICH I HAVE SOLD IN SANTA FE AND
DETROIT.

I BELIEVE NO MATTER WHAT YOUR LIMITATIONS ARE YOU
CAN OVERCOME THEM WITH A LOT OF FAITH AND HARD
WORK  BELIEVING IN YOUR SELF AND SHOWING KINDNESS
TO OTHERS IS THE BEST YOU CAN BE.

REINVENTING YOURSELF LEADS YOU ALONG DIFFERENT PATHS
EACH ONE COULD OPEN SECRET DOORS  YOU MAY NOT HAVE
EXPECTED TO ENTER, ALONG NEW ADVENTURES AWAITING
TO EXPLORE ALL IT TAKES IS THE COURAGE TO TRY.

RODDIE HARRIS

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