“‘I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it’s hilarious.) “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.” With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.”
If we all had had Maysoon Zayid’s parents . . . stand back world!
“There is always someone who has more and someone who has less than you”.
Growing up I remember my Mother telling me that over and over. She would say it in response to my laments: My grades, my allowance, my looks, what I had, what I wanted . . .What I presumed others had that I didn’t . . .
My Mom deeply loved me and I knew then, as I know now, she was trying to teach me not to be jealous or covet what others had and to make the most of what I was given. However, as a child I took it two ways:
1. I would always be “average” no matter how hard I worked to excel.
2. I should not complain about what I don’t have and be grateful what I do have.
After seeing this 5 minute video, it struck me that I need to reorganize those childhood beliefs:
It ultimately doesn’t matter if I’m average, below or above – be grateful for what I have, not lament what I don’t have and do my very best.More or less all I have is me.