It’s just another average day and you’re taking your routine walk to school. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and everything seems to be going well. You look to your right to see a disabled child struggling to get off the sidewalk in his wheelchair. You do what most people do and just turn your head like you don’t even notice him. Deep in your heart you know its wrong, but you want to play it cool. If one day, everyone would care less of what other people thought about them, and they take that extra minute out of their long day to help that disabled boy off the sidewalk, then this world would be that much better of a place to live in. Just flash a smile at a stranger or help a blind man cross the crosswalk. These are the little things in life that will make you a better person. Not only are you making yourself a better person, you could have just made someone’s day. I know that if we all could just spare that small minute out of our day, then we’d all be living in a better world. As stated is the dictionary, the definition of respect means to hold in esteem or honor. Acting upon these small opportunities would make people with disabilities feel respected. As so, we should respect them. People moan and groan about how terrible their lives are, but they aren’t the ones in a wheelchair and surviving off machines. The disabled hold on to everything they’ve got and get through life, even with their hindrances. Those are the ones that should truly be respected. However, a world filled with respect, kindness, and helpfulness is just an imaginary place. That is why you have to act now to make the world we live in a more enjoyable place. Respect the ones in need and you will get respect in return. Act upon all these little opportunities when possible.
Respect for the Disabled
October 19, 2009