If your child was born blind, how will you explain identification of colours to him/her?
For the past 2 months, I have been living with 4 blind social changemakers from 4 different countries. Learning to describe things in details and sticking it into their imagination has been one of my biggest learning points.
The importance of feel, touch, hot, cold, mixture, sound etc become more useful. It's almost vague talking about what you don't experience.
How do you describe the sound of war or rain of joy to the deaf? For instance, your best friend is deaf, how will you show her when people are angry or excited without words?
5 months ago, I met a young lady online that works with the deaf in northern Nigeria. She has beaten my imagination since then about the struggles and solutions that thrive among these special people. I can only marvel.
How can we inspire the lame to fly on their limbs? If grandma's limbs are gone, when it had to be amputated. How do you teach her to selflessly fly without limbs?
How can we turn alcoholics to rockstars in several noble careers?
How can we get the beggars on the street to become the best philathropist in the world?
In recent time, these kind of questions are the precious alarm that wake me up. These thoughts book my train ticket and drive me into empathy. Something within me cringe, craving to nail prejudice, discrimination, poverty and hate behind bars.
We all have huge challenges in our neighbourhood. These problems look like the hardest crank to put into motion.
But, these questions become easy to deal with when we can listen. I mean really listening. Rather than providing for our benefiaries what we feel they need, we listen to support and allow them build their own edifice. That's empowerment!
No man/woman should be an object of pity, because each of us have a need one way or the other. Strong, weak, large or small are important assets to community building.
In our projects and initiatives, we are to empower communities when the hammer of empathy taps into our deep skin, listening to voices, villages opening up, cities connecting, embracing differences, celebrating uniqueness.
We Are Limitless! Aren't we?