How Often Do We Take Things for Granted?
How often have we taken things for granted in our life? The person who takes their freedom of walking from room to room, compared to one stuck in a wheelchair, and can not move around as freely if they're in a hurry to get somewhere? What about the person who is blind, compared to the one who can see the colors of a rainbow and the beauty of a sunset at night? What about the person who can carry on a conversation and hear the words "I Love You!" said out loud, compared to the one who will never hear a baby's first cry, or the birds singing first thing in the morning!
How can we truly understand how lucky some of us are if we have never walked in another's shoes? When I was growing up, my cousin at the age of 13 started going blind! It was a genetic disorder, and she had to learn how to do things without her sight, when once upon a time she could fully see! When she was 15, she lost her complete sight! I was 18 at the time, and because we were so close, I wanted to know what she felt like and how she could all of a sudden live in a different kind of world! I blindfolded myself and tightened the scarf around my eyes as tight as it would go, so I was now living in complete darkness! Do you realize what it's like to have to feel your way around? How hard is it to pour a simple glass of water? I lasted an hour! She will have to last a lifetime! Crossing the street becomes scarier without sight! What about cooking a meal? We take our freedom of being able to see for granted so often!
Growing up, I had a friend who was deaf from birth, and me, not knowing sign language would communicate with her through writing! When I had kids of my own, and I heard my child's first cry, I thought of her and realized she would never hear that sound. My daughter and I are both in the process of learning sign language, and surprisingly enough we already know quite a lot of signs! The reason we have decided to do this is because, with 5 kids in the family, I could one day have a grandchild born without their hearing, and if that should ever happen, I will be prepared! I will also be prepared to communicate with other people who cross my path who are deaf!
When I had kids of my own, my other cousin had a son born two weeks before one of my son's, and her boy was born with Cerebral Palsy! He was going to have to live in a wheelchair during the day, and as he learned to talk, his voice wasn't clear, and he couldn't hold his head up! I looked at my children who were healthy, and felt guilty for that fact! I did feel guilty, until the day when we had a family reunion at the lake and my son Calum who was about 11 at the time put together a football game for all the cousins, and there was Mitchell who couldn't run and join them, that my son pushed his wheelchair into the game, and handed him the football, and then pushed his chair across the end zone while everyone cheered on, and Mitchell had the biggest smile on his face! My son found a way to include him instead of leaving him on the sidelines. I realized at that point that my kids are healthy, but they also know how to welcome others and work around any obstacles to help others reach the finish line!
I guess what I really wanted to do today is honor my followers and other members in WA who have obstacles to overcome, or life has not handed them a bed of roses, and they have to work at things maybe a little harder than some of us, but they're here every day, plugging away at WA to work on their online business, and communicating with the community! I respect you all so much!
It makes me think of Helen Keller who was Blind and deaf, and how she had to overcome and learn so much with the help of her teacher and mentor Anne Sullivan, and the quotes she left behind for us to remember her by!
"It is a terrible thing to see, but have no vision" - Helen Keller
"One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar" - Helen Keller
"We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough" - Helen Keller
Remember that working online is hard at times, but how much harder it can be for some of us, and never give up if you want something bad enough!