Every so often I get emails and posts that are touching and remind me why I do what I do. While at the Boston Marathon, I stayed with two amazing people Stephen Hendrickson and David McCord. My time with them really made this year's Boston Marathon extra special. A short while back Stephen posted this on his Facebook page and it meant a lot to me. I thought this was was so nice and thought I would share it with all of you who continue to follow my life journey
"One of the blessings of our life of the past month was hosting two visually impaired runners and their guides during the Boston Marathon. One evening, one of the runners had been dropped off near our building, maybe even "across the street", but got lost, and called us to try to find his way back. He thought he had been inside a hotel (there are four within a block of us), but finally located himself outside the Whisky Saigon bar, about a half block from our condo, where we found him - jovially on his phone, with a box of shirts he was selling to raise money for the visually impaired team under his arm.
I asked him the next day about this - what's it like being lost in an unknown city, with 20/600 vision (i.e., he sees at 20 feet what I can make out looking from one end of Fenway Park to the other), at night nonetheless. It must be a bit scary, right? Here is what he said:
"My vision is a blessing to me. I have had to be willing to ask other people who I don't even know for help many, many times. The vast majority of the time, people are really helpful and kind. Very seldom have I been taken advantage of. Sometimes, people will get angry at me, but mainly because I'm not carrying a white cane to identify my visual impairment to them, which I prefer not to do, and maybe they haven't recognized that I am visually impaired and might need their help."
We Americans who so highly, highly value our self reliance, and on not needing anybody to help us, could take a lesson from someone many would consider to have a "disability" who instead sees his visual impairment as a blessing.
With thanks to Aaron Scheidies a person of inspiration and blessing to us."
Thanks to Stephen and David who are blessings to this world and a major reason why people such as myself have been able to be so successful.