Attitude is the important determining factor of how I view things in my life. Accomplishing goals is possible through having a positive attitude. This positive attitude comes from being serene, which faith in God enables me to be.
By having an optimistic attitude, I am able to excel in my personal and professional life. By being confident and serene, I realize that my goals and desires will become reality.
I realize that accommodating to different situations is possible, in spite of physical limitations. Even though I have a visual disability, I am thankful to God that I am able to drive. There are ways to adapt to situations. Having a hand tremor has not interfered with my education or my career. Computers, typewriters and tape recorders are prevalent.
By having faith in God, I realize what an important person I am. I also realize that everyone has a purpose here. I feel that my purpose in life is to make other people more sensitive toward the disabled. This goal will become a reality when the “Call Me Capable” Game is published and marketed.
My purpose in creating the “Call Me Capable” Game is to foster understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and provide an opportunity to people to increase their knowledge about individual differences.
This purpose of mine, to do away with discrimination and prejudice towards the disabled will occur, since I have faith in God that it will. I always repeat the “Serenity Prayer” The words, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference,” are very powerful in my life.
With God in my life, I have learned to accept the thing I cannot change: my visual disability, slurred speech, and a hand tremor. I have met the challenge of developing the courage to change the things I can through the development of the “Call Me Capable” Game By developing the wisdom to know the difference, I have begun to realize the peoples’ prejudicial remarks to me are caused by a lack of knowledge and fear of the unknown, which can be abolished by gaining awareness of the disabled.
October 1993 Ventura Jaycees