I sit here watching this movie called Music Within. It’s the story of Richard Pimental who was a public speaker who, having become deaf via the Vietnam War, turns into an advocate of sorts for the disabled community. He was a prominent driving force behind the Disability Acts that were enacted in the 90′s and wrote the first diversity trainings.
What an inspirational and humorous story!!
It just reinstated the passion I have in my heart in creating a space
of equality for all those around me and for making sure that each
person is noticed, recognized, treated with kindness and respect, and is
treated with compassion.
The story also brought some bittersweet feelings, as one of Richard’s
greatest friends, Arte, has cerebral palsy. It made me miss my little
Ethie, and more than ever made my arms feel empty and useless. Yes I
embrace others quite frequently, giving hugs like free candy, and more
recently give massages to others. But in a lot of ways my body feels a
sense of uselessness not having my little kiddos to scoop up. I miss
being an extension of Ethan’s body and using it to help him move!! As
crazy as that sounds as it was back-breaking work, I miss it. I miss
him. I miss his smile, I miss the fire of his life, and I miss the
purpose my life inherently had because I got to be a part of his.
It warmed my heart to see the friendship between the two!!
Anywho, it’s a great story!! Check it out
"The differences that you make that are of the ones of lasting importance, they are the little differences that you make in the life of another person." ~Richard Pimentel