Commonwealth Correspondent, Olutokun Emmanuel, tells us what he thinks of the “I am Able” campaign.
Stevie wonder once made a deeply profound and very powerful statement which was that “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision”. Vision tends to be the singular force that distinguishes a person in his life race. Just because a man lacks strength in his legs doesn’t also mean he can’t make tremendous progress in life.
There are about 7.2 billion people in the planet and every one of us without exception has a purpose and a jewel lurking inside of us. The world has been framed in such a way that there are many voices demanding our attention- voices of defeat, voices of depression, voices of impossibility, voices of possibility etc. The thing is we have to be careful the one we decide to listen too.
Failure and success starts in the mind, breaking free from a defeatist perspective requires a courageous stands, just like Robert Hensel said “I choose not to place “Dis” in my ability, because my disability has opened my eyes to see my true abilities.
Our true abilities come alive when we choose not to pay attention or focus on our disabilities, Stevie wonder could have decide to heed to the voice of defeat and probably spend the rest of his lives begging on the streets of Michigan but in the midst of it he discovered an affinity for music.
I am particular exhilarated by the theme ‘I am Able’ because the truth is we can achieve whatever we set out our hearts to do. The only limit to a man is really not his environment or socio-economic circumstance but his mind.
Focus on your abilities, focus on your strengths, focus on your talents, and make the other guy (your weakness) so jealous that it has no choice but to go into oblivion.
I once read the story of a young girl who was caught in a rather appalling situation, where moving forward seems to look like a tell-tale. She was blind and she was deaf but she believed that the best things in the world cannot be seen or touched but are best felt with the heart. She focused on the strength that comes from within, broke through barriers and obstacles and grew to become the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Her name is Hellen Keller.
I strongly believe that if Keller can do it, You can do it, I can do it, We can do it, because WE ARE ABLE to do great things and exceed human expectations.
As we celebrate the International day of persons with “Dis” Abilites, it is important to note that Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. I AM ABLE.