Sometimes when a door is slammed shut, Yvonne, the very best thing you can do is to knock on it again, and again, and again.
But I’d recommend you try all the other doors, too.
I receive notes from the universe just about daily and thought I would share this one with you. I think it is a good lesson for not only able bodied people, but people with disabilities.
As Canada and the United States both celebrate this week I wanted to take a look at what freedom means and how we have lost many of the common manners and civilities that at least when I was growing up were taken for granted. We need to be careful not to take our freedoms or apparently our civility for granted.
Along with freedom we expect a sense a civility, which is slowly fading away. If we lose our civility to each other then what will come next our freedoms?
“Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
I remember somebody telling me they had been to Africa, and they were asking the local tribe about their spirituality. The tribesman couldn’t make sense of the word. And so the visitor kept trying to explain what they meant by spirituality, and finally the man said, "Oh, we call that life.
PAMELA SHEPHERD, MINISTER, IN THE BOOK GRACE WITHOUT GOD
Ugly is attractive. Ugly is exciting. The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human. MIUCCIA PRADA, FASHION DESIGNER, IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
I gave up on being nice. I started putting more value on other qualities: passion, bravery, intelligence, practicality, humor, patience, fairness, sensitivity. Those last three might seem like they are covered by "nice," but make no mistake, they are not. ANNA KENDRICK, ACTRESS, IN HER BOOK, SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY
The goal is not to live in a color-blind world: I don’t want to not be African. The goal is to live in a world where my race doesn’t limit my access.
KERRY WASHINGTON, ACTRESS, IN INSTYLE
, Is empathizing with people that you have powerful differences with tantamount to compromise with them and, in a sense, weakening your own moral positions? My answer is "Absolutely not.
ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD, AUTHOR, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION