Nick Vijicic stars as ‘Will’, a man born without limbs who is the main attraction in a ‘freak show’ of a traveling carnival. Having been constantly seen as a freak of nature, has left Will with a distorted self-image. His low self-esteem also affects how he sees himself and what he thinks he can do in life. Throughout all the indignities that he has suffered, Will has held on to his dream of joining one of those ‘fancy shows‘ like The Butterfly Circus. On this fateful night, he finds himself being ‘seen and spoken too’ by Mr. Mendez, the showman of The Butterfly Circus who he does not recognize and spits him in the face. The showman of the carnival berates him, Mr. Mendez however offers Will forgiveness.
(Please do take the time to watch the film. I think you will enjoy it.)
The character of Will could be anyone of us on any given day.
We all bear the unkind actions of others, the woundings of their spoken words cling to our souls shouting silently:
“This is who you are.”
“This is who you will always be.”
Know that we alone decide if this will forever be the fruit of our lives.
Once we have been verbally wounded, we cannot unhear the words that were used to cut us.
We can hear a spiteful prediction for our future and still choose to define ourselves based on our own understanding our of inherent goodness.
We can overcome the rough starts that we have had in life, that underestimate who we truly are at heart and become someone of real worth.
You and I can learn to understand ourselves and take on our true identities.
These identities are written into our DNA.
If we have been moving down the wrong path in life, we can choose another more positive route. Figuratively and literally our feet choose to lay a trail over the ground that we walk upon.
If someone says we are nothing, dumb, dull and will never amount to anything, we can choose to accept their words and become this prophecy.
Or, we can choose to believe that we are in the process of becoming smarter and applying what we learn to our lives.
We can choose to flip on our light and allow our intelligence to show through. After all, educating ourselves is not just something that happens through schooling.
Pursuing our personal interests and developing our talents, helps us to know who we truly are.
This allows us to shine with the natural brightness of a happily lived life where we are at peace because we fought to win back what was stolen from us.
Are you willing to fight to win against the naysayers?
You have the right to say to the world: “I once believed a lie, now I know the truth.”
“Look at me, this is who I am.”
“I worked at making peace within myself and emerged from my web of old silky threads.”
You can do this my friend.
You have been holding onto the layers of that cocoon for far too long.
It is time to take to flight!