Monday, January 14, 2019
Focus on Ability
History tells us that FDR faced a lot of challenges in his adult life. He had great difficulty standing or walking. Yet he was a charismatic leader. He largely hid his challenges, his staff and the press avoided pictures or talking about his leg braces and wheelchairs. Even his aircraft was modified with a chair lift to the ground. And few people knew, and those that did, didn't make anything of it. They focused on what he could do. The country focused on his abilities and not his disabilities. Advocates wonder, if he had been more open about the challenges in his life, if it would have opened doors for other. Hard to say. I dare say he didn't talk about it, for fear of having doors closed in his face. He focused on what he could do, and he did a lot for a long time.
The FDR memorial in DC is quite interesting, very worth the visit. Have you seen it?