Posts Tagged ‘handicapped’

August 9th Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.
Richard Bach

I was thinking about this and wondering how this applies to the teenager in the wheelchair, unable to lift his head or speak. Or maybe the elderly person lying on the nursing home bed paralyzed by a stroke, knowing what it is they are thinking and what it is they wish to say but unable to speak the correct words so that those around them understand. It’s easy to see a ‘normal’ person and say “you have a mission.” After all, you just look at their talents and their level of education, you look at where they are and how they can improve.

A mission can be found.

What mission could there be for those others less fortunate in life? And then it came to me – their mission is to be who they are because who they are teaches the rest of us who we should be. We should be more nurturing. We learn it by providing for their daily comfort. We should be more giving. They teach us how when we meet their needs. We should be more accepting of others and their faults. They insist that we be that simply because they can’t change who and what they are. They teach us patience when we learn to accept that they cannot hurry. Everyone who has been blessed by their presence, gains character traits that are so sorely needed in this world.  We call these people ‘handicapped’ but in reality, it is we who are handicapped.  We are handicapped by the idea that we can’t complete a mission without doing something.  Yet, it might be that sometimes our mission is simply to be.

A Handicapped Society

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Have you ever felt worthless? You know, that feeling you get when nothing you do seems to be special. It sometimes feels like everything you do could easily be done by someone else – so what’s the point? Been there. Done that. Everyone has. So, for just a minute, I want to look at something else.

In the human body, there are red blood cells and white blood cells, there are muscles, bones, lungs, heart, brain, ligaments – all kind of things. Anyone of those things, if they could talk, could get uppity with the rest of them. The heart could say, ‘without me, you’re dead’. The brain could say the same as could the blood cells, the lungs, the muscles - everything. In reality, none of them alone could make the body function. The brain needs the heart to send blood, the heart needs the lungs to re-oxygenate the blood, the lungs need the blood to filter out the bad and return the good, the blood is useless without the work done by the lungs and the heart. The muscles need the building blocks spread by the blood. Everything in your body is necessary. Now – granted – we could get along without some things. Many people live without limbs, eyes, without fully functioning brains, with hearts that aren’t up to snuff, etc. Those are the people we call ‘handicapped.’ Without a body that functions fully together, we are handicapped.

It works that way in life, too. Your family, your place of employment, just society in general needs each and every person to function well in the spot you are in. You may not get the recognition of the President of the United States or the CEO of your company but without you, the President doesn’t have a constituency and the CEO doesn’t have a company. Every person alive today is necessary for the smooth functioning of society as a whole. Without you, we become handicapped. Flipping burgers at McDonald’s maybe doesn’t seem like much but the people who come to you to be fed see you as necessary for their comfort. Vacuuming the office floors after everyone has left can feel like drudgery but the job you do is vital for the health of the workers who will come the next morning. Yes, some people have more glamorous jobs or they live so much more exciting lives than you do. It doesn’t make you – and what you do – less important.

Remember the old saying “bloom where you’re planted”? Well, let me suggest you go one step farther. Let me encourage you to do whatever you do the best you can do. Be a pro at what you do and be proud of what you do because without you, those around you are handicapped.