From Joan: In this week’s post, I want to share something with you that was a real awakening for me. It’s a topic that I speak about from firsthand experience now….and something that I wasn’t aware of until it happened to me. But it’s something well worth mentioning.
A few weeks ago, I sustained multiple injuries from a severe fall. Before we go any further, let me say that everything is healing and I want to thank God that it wasn’t worse. I’m on the mend! Nevertheless, I have had to use a wheel chair while temporarily handicapped. I have never been in this position before, and so I didn’t ever give it much thought. But, now, I give a lot of thought to what life is like for someone who is handicapped. I’d like to share with you some of my experience, because it’s an obvious area where we can show others U Love.
You know the saying that you can never know what someone is feeling until you walk in their shoes? Well, it’s very true! Let me begin by saying that I have always had a deep compassion and respect for others who are handicapped. But, before my accident, I didn’t really think much about how challenging life is for someone who is handicapped. I now know a lot about how very challenging life can be for someone with these struggles.
Simple things I took for granted like putting on my shoes and socks, cutting my food, or opening jars, all became impossible with a broken arm. And think about all the things you can’t do on your own without the use of one of your legs. (One of mine has been temporarily out of commission.) I’ve needed help for so many everyday tasks. I point this out solely to raise awareness for the needs of others in this position, and to encourage acts of kindness and patience to people in these situations.
You may be wondering why I feel the need to point all this out. Some of you may be thinking that all this is obvious and who wouldn’t help someone needy, anyway? Right? Well, I found that this is not always the case. Let me preface my remarks by saying that there were so many wonderfully kind and patient people who did try to be helpful to me when I attempted outings and was caught in a situation where I needed a little extra help. Thank you to you all! But something else I learned was that handicapped people can become almost invisible to some people. To some, I and my wheel chair were non-existent. I noticed that people often went out of their way to avoid me. And others, if I got in their path, well I had better watch out! (They’d bang right into me and my injured body!)
I am not trying to be critical of people here. I am simply stating that after my experience, I realize we all can be more aware of the needs of others, especially the injured or handicapped. It’s just a way to begin to show, and spread, more U Love through deliberate acts of kindness to others.
I’ve obviously given this much consideration. I hope you will, too. Until next time, see ya!