In those moments we should look to be story tellers and story seekers because you never know when taking the time to inquire can change someone’s day, or even, save someone’s life.
A very dear friend of mine named Danny was in an accident as a kid and was paralyzed from the waist down.
And heck, if someone else’s day is made just by seeing me play sports or do really anything for a split second, then all the better.
I encourage all of the limb difference community and everyone else to really audit themselves and figure out if comments, compliments or inquisition bother you or inspire you.
She offered words of encouragement and words of discipline.
“Have fun, make friends and listen to what your teachers say,” she told me.
I went to my sister later that evening and asked her the same question. ” Being so young, I knew I was different because of my hands, but I had no idea what impact that would have on me making friends, so I asked her how to make friends.
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.