Tomorrow

 

 

Photos source: Firefox images. Keyword search Future, The Future, Tomorrow. Thanks to those who posted the pictures.

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A Hero

George Westinghouse, a man who saved countless lives with his invention of the air brake system for trains. He continued to make trains safer and more comfortable for passengers. Before the air brake, brakemen would have to slow down each car manually, from the roof of the train and in all weather. One year over 5,000 brakemen were killed. Train disasters were also a daily headline in newspapers across the country. That all ended when he invented the air brake. He also developed better ways to distribute natural gas. But perhaps his greatest effort was to develop alternating current for electrical distribution. Bringing light to a dark world. He employed Tesla, fought Edison and was attacked by JP Morgan when he would not join a “trust”. A man of honor, he provided medical insurance, days off and retirement for his workers which was unheard of at the time. He was dedicated to his wife whom he said was his best friend and greatest supporter. Mr. Westinghouse did not do well in school, his father didn’t really think he’d amount to much. But the senior Westinghouse provided a place in his shop for the younger to work. During the Civil War he joined the New York volunteer carvery. After the war he attended college, during the first year the president of the college, told him he should leave since inventing is his genius. By 22 years old he patented the Air Brake.

George Westinghouse an industrialist, inventor and compassionate human being.

A Hero to many, unknown only to a few.

Disabilities – Practice Love

When I was in junior high and washing dishes at the local coney island restaurant. I experienced two moments related to disabilities that affected my life. First while mopping the floor a customer approached me to ask a question. The customer had a speech impediment, I tried to listen and understand but I could not. Fortunately a waitress came over and bailed me out.

The second time I had a good friend who only had one hand. One day he asked me to put in a good word for him to the manager since he wanted to work at the coney as a dishwasher. When I mentioned him to the manager, the manager gave me an angry look and said he couldn’t work at the coney. When I inquired the manager pointed at his own hand. I told the manager that he was really good at sports hoping that might change his mind. But he refused even to interview or try out my friend. I was hurt and I told my friend. I didn’t realize the hurt my friend would feel. I cared about him but I didn’t understand his situation.

Some may not want your help. That’s alright. Always respond with kindness and love.

I’ve spent these many years actively listening instead of jumping in and unsuccessfully trying to complete someone’s thought. I had to train myself to do so.

When you want to help it’s too easy to assume to know what that person needs. Relax, listen and take your time. The help you provide may be to make you feel better. So don’t get upset if you don’t get the “proper” response from the person you helped.

Do it for yourself. Do it for them. Do it for love.

Approach with Kindness.

I haven’t been as brave as I should.

Throughout history most “rights” movements have ignored people with disabilities.

When you know it’s time to do the right thing Do It. Suffer the consequences. It’s all about building integrity. We need to help those who need it. We need to help those who need it and don’t ask. Be there as support and respect their humanity.

I get a charge from helping others.

Please use the CC click at the bottom right of the video to see closed captioning. Thanks to those who posted the videos please visit their sites.

Love one another

Hand turning the word Disability into Ability with red marker isolated on white.

 

Thanks to those who posted the pictures. I ripped them from Google. My apologies for being too lazy to cut and paste your links to the images.

Links:

There are many resources available. Please check your local government websites or search the word disabilities.

https://www.hrw.org/topic/disability-rights

https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/

Home

https://www.ncld.org/

Ideas

Reddit link https://www.reddit.com/r/Disabilities/

https://www.ted.com/talks?topics%5B%5D=disability

We must care for one another