Are You Lucky?

John O'Leary
August 12, 2019

John O'Leary

Inspiring Story of Overcoming Challenges
Motivational Inspirational

grace and john, embrace your scars

The Answer Is Yes - But Not For The Reason You Think

"One does not see anything until one sees its beauty." - Oscar Wilde

"Dad, you're so lucky."

I heard these words while preparing for a business trip. I was racing around my bedroom packing clothes into a well-traveled suitcase. The words were spoken by my six-year-old daughter, Grace.

At this age, she still loves hanging out with me. Walking the dog, shooting baskets, setting the table, or just having a tea party. She wants to soak up time together so much that she even helps me pack for every trip.

On this evening, she sat with her legs crossed on the floor as I packed. She followed as I moved from my drawers to the suitcase, then to the closet, and back again. Observing, her little voice cut through the silence. "Dad, you're so lucky."

I stopped racing around and looked at her, blond hair flipping over her shoulders, blue eyes sparkling through her pink glasses. I asked why she thinks that and she responded, "Everybody else I know looks the same. But you. You have all kinds of cool colors and designs on your arms. Like, your scars have lots of reds and purples and tans." She paused for a moment, still staring, and added, "I just think you're so lucky."

Scars.

Nobody desires to go through something that leaves behind a painful reminder of what changed, what could have been, and how differently things ended up from what was planned. Nobody desires scars that cover not only the entirety of their arms but their entire body.

And yet, my little one saw my scars not as something to cover up or hide from or wish away, but as something to celebrate, something that sets me apart and something to rejoice in.

What My Little One Can Teach Us About Embracing Our Scars

My friends, how do you view your scars?

How do you view the things that make you different? How do you perceive life circumstances that caused you pain? How do you view your life when it veered in a direction radically different than the one you desired?

One response is to curse the scars.

We can remain angry at our difficult upbringing, past circumstances or current plight. We can hold fast to animosity directed at others or the profound disappointment we carry over our own missteps.

But my friends, scars in life are inevitable. And there is another way to view them.

Today, choose to view your scars - the ones you wear on the outside and those you guard on the inside - as gifts.

See them and be reminded that they exist because the wounds have healed, the battle has been won, and the best yet to come. Use them as reminders of lessons learned, character forged, friends made and compassion and humility sparked.

When you choose to view your scars like that, you'll be free to hold them up high, celebrate what you went through, and let the rest of the world know how lucky you are.

Just ask Grace.

This is your day. Live Inspired.


To book John O'Leary for your next event, visit his profile: https://premierespeakers.com/john_oleary

John’s most recent book title is On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life. To order copies in bulk for your event, please visit BulkBooks.com.

The post Are You Lucky? appeared first on John O'Leary.

John O'Leary

Want John O'Leary for your next event?

Find out more information, including fees and availability.
Find Out More
Keep Reading
To What Do You Attribute Success?
John O'Leary
John O'Leary
August 19, 2019
Business Leaders Share the Importance of Humility "Even on the highest throne in the world, we still sit ...
Live Inspired Podcast: Humility, Business + Cancer: A Love Story (ep. 176)
John O'Leary
John O'Leary
August 15, 2019
John O'Leary is joined by Joe Koenig, President of World Wide Technology ...
Live Inspired Podcast: Striving for Joy (Monday Moments ep. 175)
John O'Leary
John O'Leary
August 12, 2019
On this week's Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment, John O'Leary ...
To What Do You Attribute Success?
Business Leaders Share the Importance of Humility "Even on the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom." - Michel de Montaigne, 1588 Have you ever wondered what the characteristics are that make someone successful? The organizers of a leadership conference where I recently spoke invited five of the most influent...
Read More
Live Inspired Podcast: Humility, Business + Cancer: A Love Story (ep. 176)
John O'Leary is joined by Joe Koenig, President of World Wide Technology and his wife Kim on the Live Inspired Podcast to share about growing a business and leading a life of service. I loved today's conversation. Joe Koenig, President of World Wide Technology, shares how he grew it from a few million dollars and a couple of dozen employ...
Read More
Live Inspired Podcast: Striving for Joy (Monday Moments ep. 175)
On this week's Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment, John O'Leary shares the importance of choosing joy. Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment. "Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day."; - Henri Nouwen Tune in to...
Read More
Are You Lucky?
The Answer Is Yes - But Not For The Reason You Think "One does not see anything until one sees its beauty." - Oscar Wilde "Dad, you're so lucky." I heard these words while preparing for a business trip. I was racing around my bedroom packing clothes into a well-traveled suitcase. The words were spoken by my six-year-old daughter, Gr...
Read More
Live Inspired Podcast: The Pretty One: A Journey to Self-Love (ep. 174)
John O'Leary welcomes journalist Keah Brown to the Live Inspired Podcast for a candid conversation that explores how to better accept, love, and empower ourselves and each other. Keah Brown, the journalist behind the viral #DisabledandCute, exudes pride, confidence, and humor - but that's not always been the case. Through years of intros...
Read More
Live Inspired Podcast: What is Success? (Ask John on Monday Moments ep. 173)
On this week's Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment, John O'Leary answers a listener's question about what success is. Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our "Monday Moments" segments. Listen here: Today's question was submitted by Live Inspired community member Simon. Simon asked: How would ...
Read More
Who Are You?
Your Greatest Adventure Yet "The greatest adventure is found in discovering who you are and the freedom that comes with it." When I was 24, I became a hospital chaplain. I aimed to support kids who, like me only 15 years prior, were learning firsthand the power of real courage, resiliency, and fight. As I trained, I had check-ins wit...
Read More
Live Inspired Podcast: Wild Awakening: How a Raging Grizzly Healed His Wounded Heart (ep. 172)
John O'Leary is joined by Greg Matthews as he shares how past hurts can be healed, and today can be more impactful + joy-filled than you ever thought possible on the Live Inspired Podcast. Greg Matthews has spent most of his life serving our nation. Looking at any one of his very long list of accomplishments would equate to more significanc...
Read More
A Lesson on Living Forward
One of My Favorite Blogs of All Time I've spent the last couple weeks of summer savoring family time and finishing up the manuscript for my second book. (It's due to my publisher in just a few weeks. Send me positive thoughts and get ready! I can't wait to share it with you next Spring.) This time has allowed me to reread some of my fa...
Read More
Live Inspired Podcast: How Valuable Your Life Remains (Monday Moments ep. 171)
On this week’s Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moments segment, John O’Leary reminds us what the real measure of wealth is.Join me every Monday for a quick burst of inspiration on our "Monday Moments" segments.Subscribe & listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, iHeartRadio or listen here:Are you wealthy? I asked a friend this...
Read More