Friday, January 23, 2009

The gift of (in)sight

Mind the Gap, London, England, September 2006, HP Photosmart R817, Exposure 1/660 sec @ f2.8, ISO 66, flash © Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]

Sometimes we need others to help us realize our true potential. The "gap" between what we "know" we can do, and what is truly possible, is rather large indeed. We often limit our potential by sending implicit (and often explicit) "I can't" messages to our brains and our bodies.

Take a look at this story below, and realize how the odds were stacked against this family, this father, and this child. But then realize what became possible, and see the attitude that bursts through what others would call significant disabilities. Even our language has to change. And that requires true (in)sight.


Pat said...

I am stunned at the outpouring of love by this father.

Steven Crisp said...

Yes, me to. And I am stunned by the attitude and the appreciation his son has -- the amazing gratitude -- for his lot in life.

You see this time and time again. People challenged by unthinkable injuries, abuse, or disabilities showing us the true meaning of life; and of living.

It makes one appreciate hardship vs comfort; challenge vs privilege; financial limits vs the ease of wealth.

Sure, we can say that given the choice, we would prefer the easy road (and if not for us, certainly for our children). But is that really wise?

I love to see the inspiration of such individuals, as a wake up call to all of our complaining. Or perhaps I should just include myself in this one -- Pat, you've had your share of such trials and tribulations. Rock on!

Alli said...

This family was on extreme home makeover!

Great posts with great pictures! Keep it up!!

Steven Crisp said...

Hey Alli! Glad you dropped by, and liked the posts.

I couldn't get the link to work in your comment, but it maybe that I'm trying to access from overseas.

Love ya,