Disability Employment Empowers Us All
The changes and differences sudden disabilities force on people frequently change happily employed folks who feel like winners to depressed unemployed folks who feel like losers. Changing gracefully is an art. Bouncing back from feeling like a loser is made easier by employing the following three realizations and three steps.
Three realizations ease harsh changes:
- Even drastic changes get easier when we choose to accept changes that that are beyond our control to stop or change.
- My changes made me different. Accepting being different means I get willing to make other changes to accommodate my differences.
- Thinking adjust instead of change gave me a different viewpoint. Thinking adjust improved my attitude by giving me hope that adapting to the new differences was doable.
Adjusting implies making a series of smaller, manageable changes. Added together, these adjustments or minor changes add up to some major differences.
From Disabling Changes to Comfortable Adjustments
Supposing that using the word adjust instead of change will make a meaningful difference sounds ridiculous, at first. But with time, using the word adjust instead of change eases the intimidation factor. Adjust is an easier word that breaks the necessary changes down into manageable sizes. We can always make adjustments. Thinking adjust instead of change makes impossible things seem possible.
The sudden impact my motorcycle crash had on my life left me no time to adjust. One day I’m riding my motorcycle to a rock concert, money from a good job in my pocket, and my fiance’s kiss still warm on my lips. And I had other friends and possessions that go with leading a happy and successful life. The next thing I know is I’m waking up from a month long coma and everything has changed.
How could I think adjust? EVERYTHING drastically changed.
Difficult yes, but learning to think adjust helped me to adapt myself to new demands by making it clear that it didn’t all have to be done at once. The difficulty of adapting to whatever type of disabling condition you’re facing may never be easy, but adjusting simplifies adapting.
Adjusting to Disability Changes
- Accept the book you’re given. We’re all given a book of blank pages. We don’t get to decide if we’re given a leather bound, gold embossed hard back or a cheaply glued paperback, but we can decide what the pages say. Adjusting to the changes we have to make helps us write happy endings.
- Believe you can write a happy ending. Thinking adjust keeps you from being locked in place by fear or intimidation and gives you confidence to make the incremental changes you need to make.
- Caring about others widens our perspectives and lets us feel like we’re part of and not apart from. Plus, caring about others is always wise, what goes around comes around.
Adjusting and Adaptability Overcome the Disabling Brutality of Disability Changes, Making Disability Employment a GROWING Reality.
Please share this with anyone facing challenging and or disabling changes.