Alone We Can Do So Little

Jan 28, 2011
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“Alone we can do so little…together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

As a society, we often talk about a desire for independence. It seems that at least one of the goals of so many things that we do, whether we have a disability or not, is to increase our independence or improve our odds of being independent later in life. For many people, though, no matter how much assistive technology they have and no matter how hard they try, total and complete independence will never be possible. I understand that there are many situations where a lack of independence can be difficult, time-consuming, frustrating, and vulnerable – and I do not believe that people should ever be denied independence when possible and if desired – but I also think that there is something so honest and beautiful about our need for each other…because, in reality, we are all inter-dependent. We can strive for independence all we want, but at the end of the day, we must rely on other people…some of us more than others. That reality can be so difficult to swallow. It means we must trust others. We must believe that others have good intentions and will make their best effort. We must recognize that sometimes we will fail each other despite our best efforts, but believe that it is through working together that we can achieve both of our goals most optimally.

These are the things that dominated my thoughts as I watched the video below. The ideas of inter-dependence and trust are woven throughout – illustrated through sport – and taken to a level far beyond my own personal experiences. Enjoy!

Author: Carolyn