Spirituality and Disability
I was born with a congenital disability. Inside, I grew up feeling regular… normal…no different than my sisters or friends. I was aware that I had big challenges that they did not have, but it didn`t stop me from feeling like I was like everyone else.
On the outside, one of the first things you will notice about me is my very big electric wheelchair. I love my wheelchair. It allows me to function well and lead an active life.
The Gifts of Having a Disability
Having a disability taught me the following:
- Perseverance: If something takes longer to do, I kept going.
- Determination: If something is difficult to do, I keep trying.
- Gratitude. I appreciate the small accomplishments as well as the big ones. I appreciate what is possible instead of looking at what is not.
- Connection: I connect with God, my own soul and others.
- Listen: I listen to others with my heart.
- Observe: I observe others. I see vulnerability in strength and strength in vulnerability.
- Compassion. I know everyone experiences challenges and struggles. They are our teachers. Having a compassionate heart gives us strength to move forward.
Having a disability deepened my sense of spirituality and connection with others. It helped shape who I am in significant ways. I see it as a gift.