For the blind darkness is not a handicap,
For the deaf noise pollution does not exist,
For the mute voice is unnecessary to communicate,
Every disability is an ability too.

The blind can lead you to safety in darkness,
Surrounding voice does not disturb the deaf,
Mute can communicate across glass walls with hand signals,
A normal person would struggle in these situations.

The paralysis affects the body not the mind,
The deafness does not affect innovation,
The blindness does not affect creativity,
The muteness does not affect imagination.

If you have the will, courage and determination,
You can achieve your goals in spite of the challenges.
Many people have achieved greatness and fame,
Fighting their disabilities and disadvantages.

Life is not fair—some have it easy, some have to struggle.
But when you think about your difficulties,
Think of those with more, who still fight undeterred,
Think of how lucky you are.

Don’t hide behind the hardships; overcome it,
Don’t wallow in self pity; transcend it,
Don’t succumb to depression; conquer it,
If life is easy, then what is the thrill in living?


  1. Suja Mohan said,

    October 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

    well said Alexis.
    about 42 years back..as a 7 year old,when i had to wear glasses,i was heart broken. Spectacles were not common among kids those days and schoolmates called me 4 eyes…ppl stared at me..and i withdrew into myself. I stopped taking part in sports, as i was scared i’d break my specs…infact my dad and teachers asked me to keep away from the games field. Today, this is hardly a handicap. There were times i’ve ask myself ,why cant i see the world clearly like the others when i wake up..instead of just a blur. But then,like u have said,i thank the lord that i can see…that i am not totally visually handicapped

  2. Vandana said,

    October 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Dear Alexis, I have not met you personally but I am privileged to be a friend through your blog.
    A beautiful poem, every word is true. Sharing a quote by Helen Keller: ” Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” You, my friend, who has looked at Life in the eye and said “Bring it on!”, will always be an inspiration to me.

  3. Roji Jacob said,

    October 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    “If life is easy, then what is the thrill in living?” …. Well said…. If this was understood well, people will be more at peace….

  4. Regi George said,

    October 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Lovely poem. I am with you , we have to grab life by the jugular . It is better to live one year as a lion than a hundred years as a lamb.

  5. Paresh said,

    October 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Wow! Do I need to say anything more? You’re a living example of those words… Thanks for being an inspiration. 🙂

  6. Alexis Leon said,

    October 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Suja: Welcome to my blog. Yes, that is the right attitude, Count the blessings and don’t think about what you don’t have.

    Vandana: Thank you Vandana. I am honored.

    Roji: Hi buddy. Hope you are fine. I totally agree with you.

    Regi: Hi Regi, welcome to the blog. Yes it is better to live a short and productive life than a long wasted life.

    Paresh: Thanks buddy. You are my inspiration 🙂