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The Art Of Converting Adversities Into Opportunities #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Simon Falk, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese. To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


If you follow any of my blogs you’ll no doubt notice that I am always sharing stories about individuals who turn their adversities into something positive. Today I’m going to share another one of those stories.

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via Twitter @muniba_mazari

Muniba Mazari AKA “Iron Lady” is currently living an inspiring life with her husband and son in Pakistan. She is an incredible artist, writer, singer, social activist, motivational speaker, model and ambassador for UN Women, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Life hasn’t always been easy for Muniba, at the age of 21 while a university student working towards her BA, Muniba was involved in a horrific accident which left her paralyzed from the waist down and wheelchair-bound. Some people would have given up on life and wallowed under the circumstances, but not Muniba. After a period of frustration and hopelessness, Muniba found the strength to move forward realizing she had so much to be grateful for. Tired of staring at white hospital walls Muniba began to find her escape by creating bright colorful art which helped rejuvenate her spirit and brighten her days. She used art to break through the pain and find the beauty in her life. Muniba is much more than an artist though, she has become an advocate for turning adversities into opportunities.

After viewing an advertisement, Muniba began to realize how society objectifies disability, seeing it as a shortcoming. Muniba decided to use her voice, her art, and her spirit to change society’s perceptions of what it means to be disabled. She has carved a wonderful life for herself embracing the positives and not letting anything stop her. Muniba went from being a victim of her fate to being a fighter in life.

As a motivational speaker, Muniba shares her story and is a wonderful role model who teaches us that limitations are just an illusion we create for ourselves but with passion and perseverance nothing can stop us from achieving our goals.

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“the wheelchair cannot be an excuse for not doing anything……… be grateful for what you have, and trust me, you will end up having more……… learn the art of converting your adversities into opportunities, so be happy, be grateful, be alive and don’t let anyone ‘dis’ your abilities.”~Muniba Mazari

To learn more about Muniba or her artwork check out her website: www.MunibaMazari.com

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22 thoughts on “The Art Of Converting Adversities Into Opportunities #WATWB”

  1. Hi Belinda – what an amazing woman … don’t let anything stop us … hurdle the difficulties – there is positivity and opportunity beyond – be the best we can. Great to see another woman from Pakistan achieving so much … incredible – thanks for sharing -cheers Hilary

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    1. There are so many lessons we can learn from her. As soon as I heard her speak it really helped me put some things in perspective. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! #WATWB 🙂

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  2. Muniba is certainly an inspiration to all who face hardship of any kind. To not give up or find and excuse can be so difficult, but she found a way to overcome as a speaker, artist, wife and mother. Thanks for sharing her story, Belinda, and for leading the #WATWB each and every month.

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  3. ‘convert adversities into opportunities’ – this is so inspiring Belinda thank you for sharing this beautiful woman’s story. I will check out her TED talk – and I’m also inspired by her words that she couldn’t find a hero and so she became one …

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  4. I wish Muniba nothing but the best and hope she continues to be an inspiration well into the future. I think it was her setting aside the negatives in her life and choosing the positive that really got to me. That is not always easy to do. Thanks for sharing this wonderful #WATWB post.

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    1. She is definitely a role model! I feel the same, when things are a struggle, hearing the positive stories of people overcoming challenges helps to change my perspective. Hope you have a great week ahead. 🙂

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  5. Bruce Lee once said, “You only fail when you fail to learn.” His point was learning from being beaten in a fight and coming back stronger, but it’s applicable to a lot of things that we see as failures or shortcomings. It’s easy to give in to our problems and let them control our lives. So nice to see someone overcoming them.

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