The Greatest Lesson We Can Learn by Interacting with People with Disabilities
People pass in and out of each other lives all the time, but you are stuck being you. Try to make the best of it. There’s a lot of things we learned from the people that surround us. These lessons serve as a guide for us to make sure that we cannot repeat the same mistakes all over again. Lessons that make us a better version of ourselves.
A lot of times we get so focused on our big dreams and goals that we forget to enjoy this journey called life. Always remember that life is all about this moment. Life is all about the journey and less about the destination. We are too focused on making a better version of ourselves that we often forget to enjoy the moments that we shared with some people who surround us. Life is all about taking risks. With every risk we take, we can learn a lot of valuable lessons. And this lesson will be our weapon towards success.
Choosing a job that involves taking care of other people is easy if you put your heart into it. As a human, taking care of the things we value the most comes out naturally. We take care of some things because we love them. Some people love animals that they devoted their whole life rescuing some of them. Some people love books that they are also likely to be collectors not only of books, but of manuscripts, images, and ephemera as well. Some people advocate for the protection of the environment. Some people chose to help other people, especially some people with disabilities. And do you know what’s the common similarity that they? Their unending love for what they are doing.
People with disabilities are especially influential. Their hardships in life aren’t easily forgotten. They go through every day with determination and strength, which many people are bowled over by, with many secretly wondering if they could do the same thing. People with disabilities learn so much throughout their lives; life lessons that able-bodied people rarely get to experience. Having a disability is difficult, but it’s also one of the richest classrooms a human can experience, too. While these learning experiences are more profound experienced directly, there are some special tokens of wisdom they can pass along.
While having a disability can be difficult, it also opens you up to a whole new classroom of life. Often people with disabilities get to learn lessons that an able-bodied person would not. So, they have the biggest lessons to share with the world. These are some of them:
1: Happiness Is Possible No Matter What
2: Anything Is Possible With A Bit Of Patience
3: Accidents Can Happen
4: Disability Can Happen To Anyone
5: Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
6: Being Different Is Great
7: You Can Break The Mold
8: You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
9: Embrace Life, It Is Short
10: Weakness Doesn’t Have To Be Bad
Living with a disability means you quickly learn the ability to accept help. And at one time or another, we all need to accept help. It can be a difficult skill to learn and admit that you can’t handle everything by yourself.
Our direct support professionals chose this path because they like helping people with disabilities. They wanted to make sure that they can live a comfortable life. They wanted to share the beauty of the world by being with their clients. In some other people, they may have thought that being a direct support professional is hard work, but it’s not. You just have to put your heart into it. They sometimes thought that as a direct support professional, you are always have been the one who can teach them some life lessons, but little did we know, sometimes, it’s the other way around.
Some of our direct support professionals shared their own experience working with people with disabilities, and alongside their clients, they have learned some valuable lessons from people with disabilities. Megan Griffith, one of our direct support professionals shared one important lesson she has learned from one of her clients.
“They are a lot smarter than you think. Some of my clients who are diagnosed with autism, they are so intelligent. One of our clients knows sign language, and you know, I can’t even do that. So, never underestimate their abilities. Because there are some things that they can do, that we cannot even do. They have unique characteristics and I think that what makes them special. Being different is okay because that what makes you stand out in a crowd.”
Hanging out with their clients every day, the special moments that they have with them will always lead to a better understanding of their disability, and despite having a disability, our direct support professionals always do their best to never make them feel that they are less of a person. They are people in their own right, with dignity, and not there to be an experience for someone else. They always make sure that their clients will feel that they are humans just like us. The people who do work with disabled people are, for the most part, are absolute angels.
Learning valuable lessons from their clients is one of their drives to maintain the positive outlook that they have in their lives. Because of these lessons, our direct support professionals always set high standards to apply what they have learned as well in their training. We are proud to say that we have the best DSP in the field of support because our direct support professionals apply all their learning every day. Not just the lesson they have learned from training, but also the lessons that the people with disabilities taught them.
Our direct support professionals are hard-working people. Selfless people who dedicate their lives to ensure the safety of their clients. They may never have the same recognition in the support field, but in time, all their hard work and perseverance will be acknowledged by the whole world.