After cruising along with my amazing eye gaze computer for so long, I screeched to a grinding halt 😦
This was caused by moving into a manual wheelchair.
Although this move made it manageable to push me in the new chair, a side effect was that my computer was no longer aligned with my eyes.
A wheelchair technician came to our home a number of occasions, but each time he neglected to bring the one piece which he needed to rectify the situation.
We finally decided to make the trip to his work shop where he had all the pieces that he would need. After about a week of being speechless, the problem was finally taken care of!
Now I regained the amazing gift that I had lost! The incredible gift of communication!
From this I learned two things.
First I learned never to take speech for granted.
Unkelus writes that when Hashem breathed a living soul into Adam, the meaning is that “A spirit of speaking.” Apparently, he views THE defining feature of the human being is the ability to speak. A reminder to use this unique gift wisely.
Second, I learned never to give up on yourself!
In my case, when the power of communication left me, I would do well not to waste energy on an emotion of frustration.
A reminder that the great Yogi Berra was right when he said, “It ain’t over til it’s over”.