What is the one constant in life? Most think that it is taxes but what if I told you that ‘choice‘ is the one constant. If you think about it for a moment: how many choices do we make in a day? When we get up in the morning, we start making choices.
If you think about it for a minute, everything that you have done this day has been through choices that you made. If it is a weekday, you got up with an alarm and got ready for work. How many choices in that simple act? More than you may think. If you hit the snooze button, that is a choice. Did you make the coffee or take a shower first, choice again? Blue tie or red tie? Choice again.
Life is full of choices. How we decide those choices may seem minor but overall, they define our lives. When we look at the larger choices in our lives, most think of the people think of who are going to marry, where we are going to live or the jobs we have.
So here is the question for you: when you see a person who is disabled do you want to help them or not? Why or why not? What factors affect your choice? Do you see the person as a person or do you see them as less than a person? Why?
Some people say that just about anything that can touch my heart but there are somethings that only piss me off. When I see the disabled people getting picked on, mistreated or being used in ways that is a known lie I want to flu into a rage. The reason is that most people look at me and see a ‘normal’ person when in fact I have more than one disability. People don’t seem to understand that we don’t chose to be this way, often we have done things that others don’t realize. I can tell you of people in the science community that are disabled in the technical sense but they have made so many major improvements that we are thankful for.
If you look at people and see only the outside then the choice to not get to know them is a mistake that could haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Here is a challenge for you. If you want to understand people in a new sense, have a person that you trust help you with this. For a day have one of your senses temporarily taken away. The easiest one to do is vision. Have a person gently put medical tape over your eyes to where you can’t open them, then try to do things around your home. The simple things that you do at home suddenly become a challenge.
Try it and see how well you can do.