He Can’t Walk, but He Can Inspire!

He can’t walk. He can’t talk. He can’t move his hands easily. But, he can smile! he can dream and above all, he can inspire! He is unlike many people I have met in my life who always complains for even the tiny things in their lives, he is always optimistic. I see him everyday with his electric chair, moving from one building to another to sell his coffee. But selling coffee isn’t his only job. His another job is to inspire people around him. He would look at you with this innocent smile that tells you: “Hey, YOU CAN ALWAYS DO IT, regardless of the difficulties and frustration you face in your life, you can always do it”

I love this guy so much.I don’t know his name and he doesn’t know my name but  I know that he impacted my life more than the book I have read and the people I have met.

8 thoughts on “He Can’t Walk, but He Can Inspire!”

  1. Hi, Saudi chemist. this is so interesting article. thanks. Yes, I agree with you that those people always make us happy enought while we sigh every moment we have to face our problems.

  2. Be lucky you live momentarily in a place where being handicapped is not a total barrier to living a meaningful life. Too often many societies think of handicaps as something to be ashamed of. But this guy? Mashaallah, he tries to earn a living despite his physical condition. He is better off than the beggars who have stronger bodies and yet resort to humiliating themselves by begging!

  3. What a sweetheart! Thanks for posting about this.

    I’ll leave you guessing about whom “sweetheart” applies. Maybe to you both. 😀

    Very inspiring and sweet!

  4. I love your blog…it’s essence seems to rise above a lot of the daily stuff bloggers write about everyday. You write about “higher purpose” stuff and I think it is great.

    When I see a guy like this I love him too because to me he is the essence of the human spirit in it’s best form. Despite his many challenges he has found a way to live his life with dignity and strength. He is an example for all of us who think we have it hard. Can you imagine living with a disability like this? He doesn’t let it define who he is. He rises above it and each day makes his life count. A guy like this is a lesson in inspiration. How can you have a bad day after seeing him???

  5. @Aisha
    Thank you for coming by blog and for sharing your comment.

    Yeah, even in Saudi Society, I think some people look at handicaps pathetically. I mean disability isn’t the end of someone’s life. Life is more about how your strength breaks these barriers.

    @ susanne430
    Your comments are always sweet 🙂 It is a reflection of your heart.

    Sometimes he made me ashamed of myself, especially when I gave up on something easily. He really taught me how to live up to what I want and achieve it regardless of the obstacles.
    I think the essential lesson of life aren’t taught by professors or high Intellectual but rather from simple like him.

  6. I have guiltily read this post many times, and scrolled past the picture hastily and with a wince.

    Unlike the rest it seems, as well as seeing joy and inspiration, I see struggle and pain. Perhaps it is being in medicine, and seeing what looks like an elderly man with cerebral palsy (I usually see younger ones), and all that conjures up in terms of a life time prior. Remembrances of pediatric neuro-surgery and of the baby who doesn’t have normal milestones, and a normal neuro exam; or pediatrics and the child in the specialized cerebral palsy clinic, with the parents coming to terms with the diagnosis, and the confusing concept that the brain lesion won’t get worse but the manifestations of it will. Or, the adolescent in the psychiatric clinic with CP mild enough to almost “pass” but we all, including her, know she can’t quite, despite the makeup, the clothes and the sleeping around. Or, as a teenage lifeguard, the young teen in the swimming pool, one of the “pool rats” (teens who spend most of their time at the pool taking lessons, at open swims, or volunteering), so proud to be a pool rat even with cerebral palsy, and of his awkward but serviceable ability to dive off the low board–a great source of joy to him, and a sign of intrepidness. Maybe it is more current, and seeing all the cerebral palsy students on campus, some with extreme physical limitations, and wheel chairs with all kinds of gizmos, as well as the latest in computerized learning.

    Since I see all that in the angle of his head, and the facial features, maybe I should be even more inspired by his longevity and spirit. I am, and even more frustrated with the limitations of medical science.

    Thanks for a thought-, and emotion-provoking post.

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