See What Is Right
Through this week, Glenda and I had a conversation, really, not an interview. She was open, authentic, and transparent in sharing the stories of her life and her publishing achievements. If were in my old job, I would have tried to find a way to talk Glenda into coming to work for me as work-at-home writer.
Glenda and I had a conversational interview — one question at time. I sent her a conversational email that ended with a question. She added to the conversation when she retuned the answer to the question. When the answer email arrived, I responded to the conversation and sent an additional question.
One exception to the one question at a time rule occurred.
Thinking Glenda might want to know I was going to ask this final question, I sent it early along with another, stating it would the the last of the questions.
I should have known that Glenda wouldn’t need time with this — that she would have the answer.
Here’s that question and here’s Glenda’s reply.
I’m sure that, as a woman with a significant disability, you find folks often focus on the wrong things when they meet you. . . . But then, I feel that sort of thing happens to me too. . . . If you could tell the whole world something once, have them believe you and understand, what would you tell them?
Despite my speech impairment, I am not deaf. I can hear just fine. And I am not cognitively impaired. I am an intelligent woman and I understand you, as long as you are speaking English.
Despite my cerebral palsy and my jerky movements, I have the same needs, wants, dreams and desires as anyone, as any woman. I do not consider myself courageous or brave for simply living my life and following my dreams. After all, what else am I suppose to do with my life? Other peopleÃ¢â¬â¢s misperceptions and assumptions are what limit me, not my so-called disability.
Look beyond what is wrong with me and see what is right. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Thanks Liz for conversing with me in this way. IÃ¢â¬â¢m curious to see how it turns out.
You just explained the reasons I’m so glad to have met you. Thank you so much. I’m honored to call my friend..
–ME “Liz” Strauss