Her advice has stuck with me to this day and impacts every interaction I have or will ever have. Being a first grader I had no idea what confidence meant, so her advice was to smile and to go up to as many people as possible and say hello and introduce myself.
She told me that if they asked about my hands to be honest with them and tell them that “I was born this way.” Sure enough, that first day of school I was a social butterfly.
He feels the same way I do, in that we should educate those around us who either inquire or compliment us.
However, he has friends that are also in wheelchairs that share the opposite perspective.
Whether we are offended or grateful is a personal choice that we inherently make ourselves.
None the less, it is powerful for the other person, so who are we to judge where a person inspiration is derived from.Neither one is right or wrong, but I personally feel that one looks at the situation from a glass half full perspective and the other doesn’t.Those that share the same optimism with me usually view the benefit to the other person is far greater than the way it makes the receiving person feel.Even if someone were to look me dead in the eye today and said “great job picking up that fork two fingers,” you know what my response would be…”Well at least they were smiling while they said it and if that comment helped make their day better than so be it!” If I had the opportunity to educate in that moment I would, but if not, I could walk away knowing that a comment like that has no control over my life unless I allow it to and that I am so confident in my beliefs, ethics and abilities that it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest.