As a person with a disability, at times it can feel like the one pink flower in a group of red flowers. In the conference a presenter stated that we put people in 'categories' and those in a category such as a disability can experience trauma. Interesting to think about and perhaps normalize some of the unique expeirences. However, I love pink!
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
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Celebrating our Individuality
Travelling often brings some interesting experiences! I have been reflecting on our plane ride home. Cricket and I settled in at the bulk head, window seat. This is our favorite place to be as Cricket can lean against the wall and kept in our personal space. Steve was next to us and then a woman sat down next to him. She spent the flight leaning into Steve and asking many personal questions ... including letting Steve know it is really difficult to be married to a person with a disability! I reflected on another quote from the conference: Everyone has a whole universe they are carrying in their mind. I saw her with increased compassion and (also was feeling much compassion for Steve) and repeated the blessings that we had stated in our conference: May I feel safe, May I feel content, May I feel strong, May I live with ease. I wish that for her and each of us.