There will be times when you become disabled that you will feel the need to be courageous. The funny thing is you may not see it as courageous, but others may, just do the best you can and take any praise gracefully. I think being graceful is the most courageous thing you can do many times.
Now let me explain why I said about people thinking you are courageous when you do not see your actions as anything other than normal. When I first lost my sight, I cannot tell you how many times I heard things similar to; oh, it’s so great that you can tie your shoes, or it’s so great that you can feed yourself. I know I told many people that I only lost my sight, why wouldn’t I be able to wash the dishes. After all being blind does not have much to do with washing the dishes when you realize you can feel the dishes to make sure they are clean.
Is it courageous to walk around the block alone after you get mobility training? No, as long as you are being safe. Are you being courageous going to the store by yourself right after you get mobility training? To that one I would say yes.
In my opinion other people with view people with disabilities as more courageous than we see ourselves. Because we learned at the beginning of this series Confidence Means C-Capable as long as we have confidence in ourselves we are capable therefore we do not have to call on our courage as much as people may think.
There may be times you will need to be courageous if people put you down because of your disability. Most people with disabilities know the sad fact of life is that we get put down and underestimated more times than not, so call on your courage to speak up. Saying that just reminded me of a bumper sticker my sister read to me the other day when we were coming home, and then I looked up who said it so here is the quote “Speak your mind even if your voice shakes” by Maggie Kuhn I think that is a great quote for people with disabilities. That is what this group program is designed to help you do, find your voice and your confidence, so I hope you will join us! Look for the emails coming soon!!