My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Human Adaptability

Aimee Mullins set world records using prosthetic devices, she's an actress and model. On CCN she discusses changing how we think of what it means to be “disabled,” and that the human ability to adapt is our greatest asset.

Here is an expert:

“People have continually wanted to talk to me about overcoming adversity and I am going to make an admission, this phrase never sat right with me. And I always felt uneasy trying to answer people’s questions about it, and I think I’m starting to figure out why. Implicit in this phrase of “overcoming adversity” is the idea that success or happiness is about emerging on the other side of a challenging experience, unscathed or unmarked by the experience. As if my successes in life have come about by an ability to side step or circumnavigate the presumed pitfalls of a life with prosthetics or what other people perceive as my disability. But in fact, we are changed, we are marked of course by a challenge whether physically, emotionally, or both. And I’m going to suggest that this is a good thing. Adversity isn’t an obstacle that we need to get around, in order to resume living our life. It is part of our life….our responsibility is not simply shielding those we care for from adversity, but preparing them to meet it well.”

speech gives some points to ponder on 'disability'.


Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

That is beautiful.

jennohara said...

Amen to that!

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Such a good thing to ponder--that life is lived DURING the overcoming, not after having overcome.

wendy said...

that was good
we indeed all have disabilities....some unseen by others.
It's all about making those adjustments and growing along the way...........and truthfully, I SUCK at it.
guess I got lots still to learn.

and p.s. YES I have tasted chocolate dipped rasberries and I LOVE THEM
rasberries are my favorite.