Saturday, July 06, 2013
A Quote from a Conversation
"Every time I go out, I am reminded that living with a disability, with difference, is like being surrounded by and forced to look into thousands of unkind mirrors. My reflection in the eyes of others is carnival misshapen. In one, I am a lazy drain on society. In another, I am ugly and bulky and belong indoors. In another, I am their worst fear come to life. Thousands of unkind mirrors, reflecting, me against glass warped by prejudice, and fear, and hatred. Sometimes I look at myself, in my own mirror, but when I do I must ensure that I can see who's actually there, without that twisted, grasping, ugly, needy thing that I see, in thousands of unkind mirrors, looking back at me."
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Don't forget the many eyes that see you as:
Gifted and skilled author
Precious and faithful friend
Courageous leader brave enough to challenge the status quo for decades and an "agent for change for the better."
Thanks Belinda, I am not the speaker here, but I appreciate your comment nonetheless! I don't have permission to use the name, only post the quote.
This reminds me of the Irish proverb:
"The eye of a friend is a good mirror."
(Is maith an scáthán súil charad)
You know you've got a good friend when they are honest with you without demeaning you or dismissing your humanity.
Powerful .....makes you think about how it must feel so soul destroying
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