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The Narcotic of Help

narcotic of help

A willingness to help others is a laudable personal quality. We value it in friends and family. We want to develop it in children. It makes us feel better about ourselves. But, it can be like a narcotic for someone who is blind or visually impaired; that is, beneficial under the right circumstances, but profoundly damaging if not used appropriately.  

Seeing the Elephant

seeing the elephant

Recently, I was asked by the friend of a friend if I would be the speaker at the annual banquet of a local professional organization. The group would have no difficulty locating a good speaker, so I was perplexed as to what they thought I might have to say that they would be interested in.

I Know I’m Naked But …

emperor clothes

A number of years ago, I was asked by the friend of a friend to speak with a middle-aged man who was losing his vision but very much in denial. When I went to his home, he welcomed me cordially, invited me in, and offered me a soft drink. When he tried to pour it into a glass, however, three-fourths of it missed the glass and spilled on the rug. I learned later that his vision had deteriorated to the point that, when eating, he had to lower his face about three inches from his food to see what was on his plate.

What Should You Do When Meeting Someone Who Is Blind?

Meeting a person who is blind

I would like to think that, polished sophisticate that I am, if I were introduced to, say, Queen Elizabeth or former President Clinton, I would remain the ever-poised person I like to think myself to be and not blurt, “Hi, Liz” or “Hey, how’s Monica doing?” In my more realistic moments, however, I have to admit that, nervous and ill-at-ease, I’d probably be more likely to commit a social faux pas than I would like to think.

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