Abled

I’ve often found that “disabled” people are some of the most “abled” people I know. I’ve learned much about living and life from people who have been labeled disabled.

I’ll bet that many of you have found the same.

I now often make eye contact, smile, and say hello to people who are labeled disabled, and if the situation permits, I talk with them if they appear to welcome it.

These are gifts that I give to myself.

I’ll bet that many of you do the same.

With Love,
Russ

About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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21 Responses to Abled

  1. mimijk says:

    I used to work with challenged adults (and let’s face it, we’re all challenged in one way or another) – two years that taught me more about the enormous capacity of the human heart for love, laughter and respect.

  2. Mrs. P says:

    One of my students was born with spina bifida and though he wore crutches or wheel chaired around he attend regular classes. He never let his physical handicap stop him. He would do what he could, knew his limits well and could even do a headstand, something some of the other students struggled with. He also played sports with the rest of the kids.

    One day in math class he came to turn in his work but forgot his crutches. The whole class, stopped what they were doing and silently watched him walk across the room. When he got to the desk, they cheered. He smiled and asked what they were cheering about, he still hadn’t been aware that he walked across the room. When they told him…you just walked…he said…oh, smiled and walked back to his seat. It was a one time thing but, this guy was anything but disabled.

  3. I find that I want to do that but at the same time I think we feel that if we do, they will think that they are being stared at. But if I’m in a one on one for example in a doctor’s office or elsewhere I will engage in conversation… Diane

    • russtowne says:

      I find that if I say “hi” or something, and only look at them as long as I look at others, and look at their eyes rather than their “dis”ability they appear far less likely to think I’m staring at them.

  4. bulldog says:

    Their disability seems to enhance another ability which when we compare our own, our own pales in comparison… the disable seem so much more happy than the able, more friendly and far easier to approach… it is only when we see a disabled person that people say we realise how lucky we are, sometimes I wonder about that statement, some seem better off than us…

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Here! here , well said!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. utesmile says:

    My sister’s blind friend showed me already as a teenager to see things, not with the eyes but with hands and the heart! We often played with her and had much fun! Disabled people have amazing abilities we never find in ourselves.

    • russtowne says:

      I think you see things with your heart very well, my friend. I’m glad that you had such a friend and that she had you. What blessings you were to each other.

  7. Cubby says:

    There is so much to learn about ourselves and others when we take the time to listen. Love how you refer to this as “gifts” to yourself.

  8. BeWithUs says:

    Without sight, one would see what the soul wants to see
    Without hearing, one would listen to what the soul wants to hear
    Without voice, one would express out the true intention of one’s soul

    Perhaps that’s why we tend to overlook what our soul is trying to see, listen or express when we have the label ‘abled’ above our head and thus became ‘disabled’ without even knowing it.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely thoughts, as always!!

    Last but not least, Happy October, my friend!

    May this month be a joyous and enlightened one for you and your loved ones!

    Take care and be well, always~ Cheers!! 😀

  9. russtowne says:

    Tank you kindly for your beautiful comment, and happy October to you!

    May you and all your loved ones receive all they need.

    Big hugs to you,
    Russ

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