This is the silent cry I hear all around me, from the hearts of people with disabilities, people pushed down by others, people cast aside. It is the cry of people who have been wounded.

Regardless of the city I am in, the ethnicity of the people around me, the culture I am immersed in, the economic status of the people I meet, people of faith or not, common to all is a deep desire to feel valued and appreciated. In this technological age where one can have hundreds of "friends", people are crying out for real relationships, for a sense of connection.

How can we best serve others so that they may take their place in society? How do we deal with the pain of others? How do we listen in order to help people reach their fullest potential?

We need to address the man-made structures and distinctions of society, and bring an equilibrium to the world that is free of competition — the weak versus the strong, the powerful versus the powerless — and respect that everyone has a place. Through this recognition, the spirit can then rise up. We all have the capacity to find the hidden light in all people and make it visible.

Let's stand in front of the pain and draw upon our immense strengths and beauty to heal the world. Let us not get distracted by if-onlys, or I-can'ts. We all have within us just what is needed to make a difference. And we have each other.

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Hi Janice,

It is really so sad when we see or hear the silent cry from them. The disable people are always pushed down by others. I was wondering why people have never valued to the people with the disabilities ...It is damn bad that we live in the same earth but people always live by classing, no encouragement. The rich people never wish to stay near the poor and the poor never wish to talk to the rich so everything is just because of the status of people. And I absolutely agree that the weak versus the strong, the powerful versus the powerless — and respect that everyone has a place- So wonderful, I love it Janice! I have been moved of your sweet words and I am sure when they hear what you have posted here, they will be happy, their hearts will dance..:)

Regards, Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent

I was having a conversation recently with a woman who represents the disability sector in human rights campaigning and she noted how it's very distinctly clear that when it comes to having relationships and families, disabled men are always more likely to find a partner than disabled woman. It shouldn't really be surprising I suppose - older men are more likely to find partners than older women; overweight men, 'unattractive' men, etc, etc.

It is sad and I am sure very very painful. The question, "Why doesn't anyone love me?" is SO SO painful.

from today i live out of my imagination i am more than my yesterday tomorrow i plant a new seed nothing that lies behind easy nothing that is ahead real my within is all i have today Napo Masheane

Dear gal,

Hello there! i hope you are dear,am doing well here. Love knows no boundary,so if we love we are limitless.This is a very important issue that the whole world needs to look at.I have realised how much in the past the disabled were descriminated until there was prompt by a growing concern among non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that the scope of the existing National Policy on Care for People with Disabilities needed to be broadened.I went to Gaborone last week and as i went to the public toilets, something struck my eyes i saw a reserved door for the disabled, on the parking area i also saw a reserved space for the disabled.However, many of the people living with disabilities in Bostwana, particularly in the rural areas, are still grappling with stigma. "Many disabled people live in isolation and shame behind closed doors because of their condition. Some are suffering additional emotional pains arising from embarrassment due to an inability to accept their conditions.

So we ought to serve others with all our minds,souls and body.

Thank you for sharing

Warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love