3 Life Lessons From People with Disabilities

3 Life Lessons From People with Disabilities

Yesterday, I saw an advertisement that really touched my heart. It is very heart-warming and it speaks volumes about the hardships of life and our need to be always strong. I think those with disabilities have some things to teach us about life.

1. No Matter What Life Throws at You, Get Back Up

Easier said than done. And I agree with that too. If there is a single definite lesson to be learnt from the people with disabilities is that we should not give up no matter how hard life becomes. Even if that setback changes your life forever. Granted, not everyone may have this ability. All of us have our own maximum capacity for tolerance and pain. Some can endure a lot without breaking, some break so easily when things get slightly bad.

I think that those disabled people who have found the strength and courage to adapt, accept, and move on with life are incredible. And it just becomes historic when they are able to shape a smile of genuine happiness despite their physical state.

2. Patience & Perseverance are Irreplaceable Virtues

Probably, the very first feeling of losing limb, or losing your sight, is that one loses hope to continue living. For the successful disabled folks who manage to subdue that immense feeling of despair and forlornness, and learn to be ever patient and perseverant as they continue living – you are phenomenal.

To me, patience is the noblest and the most elusive virtue of all. Without patience, there can be no perseverance. And without perseverance, it is very difficult to want to continue living. When you have both virtues in you, that’s when you will always get back up on your feet no matter how many times life knocks you down.

3. Nothing Can Match Internal Strength

It’s one thing to be physically strong. You can lift 100kg without blinking and people will applaud you for it. That’s fine. And that’s a fine pursuit too. But I’ve always been in awe of those who have great internal strength. Those people who have been battered mercilessly on the anvil of life, but still get back up and continue the journey audaciously. When you have a paraplegic eternally strapped to the wheelchair, it’s hard to imagine how he or she can still manage a smile, what more continue living with optimism. I mean, if we are like that, it’s not certain whether we might be as strong as they are.

To me, internal strength transcends our physical existence. It straddles the borders of spiritual, emotional and psychological realms. It’s the thing that keeps us going when we think we can’t. It’s what sets us apart from others. And it is the real strength that we should all aspire to have.

That is all for today’s post. We hope you enjoyed this entry.

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2 responses to “3 Life Lessons From People with Disabilities

  1. “get back up”

    the secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times. – paolo coelho

    great blog! 🙂

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