I have been honoured to meet many people in my life. Many who have made significant contribution to the betterment of the lives of people with disabilities. Many who courageously lead.
Yesterday I met one such person, Leilani Muir.
I am going to spare you the inward journey I had when shaking her hand. My feelings were intensely private. I do want to say, however, that Ms Muir was a remarkable presence. Living the life she lead, she could be forgiven for walking with anger, for speaking with bitterness. But the woman I met moved with grace and lived with gratitude.
The human spirit, the human heart, has capacity to survive even when the human body has been violated.
Leilani Muir smiled at me as we spoke. It was my eyes that were full of tears in sympathy and apology for what had happened in her life.
I'd like to introduce you all to the woman I met. That's impossible, of course, so please visit the links contained here within.