Have you traveled before? Do you easily get on and off of a moving escalator? How about walking to the restroom? What about putting your travel items in the overhead compartment? Can you find your luggage on the baggage carrousel? How about taking a shuttle home from an airport?
These all sounds like normal travel activities. But, what if you were blind? You might be like a large percentage of blind individuals that are “shut in” and do not leave their homes. Or, you might be a courageous, inspiring individual like my blind friend Harry and his beautiful guide dog named Georganne. While I was returning home on a recent flight coming home from DC representing the direct selling industry and Team National, along with a small group on Capitol Hill, I was privileged to meet Harry and Georganne, his German Shepherd. I will forever be inspired by them both. Harry became blind as an adult about six years ago and has had training to allow him to live what he says is a “Vibrant & Independent” life. He says he could be angry and depressed, but he chooses not to be. He has an attitude of gratefulness and determination.
How many of us are fully sighted and not living a “Vibrant & Independent” life? Too many! Harry and Georganne sat next to me on the plane and their love for each other and for life shined through in all that they did. Georganne is smart as ever. Whatever request she was given, she did with ease. She guided Harry on and off of the escalator with ease. I have always taken for granted how easy it is for a sighted person to go on and off an escalator, but Georganne was trained to not get her paws caught and to get Harry to enter and exit safely.
Recognize the little things you can do! Harry has a positive attitude and inspired me with his joy of life, even though his life is very different for him today than it was growing up and raising a family. Harry is a single, blind man who has more vision and courage than many sighted people I have met. When I fly, I typically don’t talk much since I always have plenty of Team National email, as well as personal growth audios and reading materials to keep me busy. Yet, the engaging conversation with Harry had me talking and listening for our entire 2 ½ hour flight. Harry reminded me with his actions and conversation, that having courage and a good attitude are choices we make every day. It is one thing to say, but in this case it’s another thing all together to see someone living it!
What are you holding back on in your life? Be like Harry and have courage to do something different, to learn something new, to go somewhere else and to reach a new level of joy and success, like working your Team National business, staying focused and achieving a lifestyle you’ve only dreamt of. You have a choice today. Live a “Vibrant & Independent” life like never before, remember it’s your choice!