I’ve been trying to draw inspiration from men and women who in the face of severe or extreme disability, either caused by illness or accident, have shown great courage and incredible human spirit. Not just in coming to terms with their new reality but also thriving in it.
I watched 127 hours and Soul Surfer where two young, active people lose their hands the first in an accident and the second to a shark. Both of them are shown as overcoming their disability and improving. Not in spite of the loss of their hand but because of it.
The latest person i’ve come to read about is Jean-Dominique Bauby and his book Le Scaphandre et le papillon”. In 1995, at the age of 44, he suffered a stroke that left him mentally alert but with a condition called locked-in syndrome which only allowed some movement in his head and his left eyelid.
Using his left eyelid he dictated his thoughts and the result is a book that the Financial Times reviewed as “One of the great books of the century”.
But that’s not the reason to read this short book of slightly more than 100 pages. This is,
“Read this and fall back in love with life”