I met 2 blind men on the way home

Philippines
July 20, 2008 7:11am CST
I thought I was insensitive. I thought I didnt care much about other people... I thought I could ignore others.. I was about to go home and while I was waiting for a ride, something caught my attention. Two men were almost hit by a jeepney. I thought they were just some folks who could not abide walking on the sidewalk. But then I realized, they were both blind! The first one was holding a staff to guide them and the second one was holding on to him. I suddenly felt sad for them. I wonder, how does it feel to be blind? Is it lonely? I really cant imagine. But I admire them. They are so brave to face the world they dont see. They are not afraid of the dangers around them. I was so eager to go home but I felt bothered. I just couldnt leave... So I decided to help them get a jeepney. We talked for a moment while waiting.. While I was talking to them, I just felt they were really good people. Perhaps it's because they are blind that they are not influenced or corrupted by worldly things??? I wanted to ask them many things but I couldnt, I might hurt their feelings. When they thanked me, the feeling was so nice.. Do you know someone who is blind? Have you asked him what he feels?
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@mialei23 (2386)
• Philippines
20 Jul 08
Hi purplehyacinth That's so nice. I haven't met a blind person in my life. But I just saw them, those playing guitars and even those employed with massage parlor. My friend told me that they are good at massage therapy. I know it's hard to be blind, but I think they are much lucky because like what you've said they don't experienced the life that we had, being corrupted by other people. Well, I do not know the feeling of blank and white, but I know it's probably empty. I really want to meet a blind person personally. Because I felt too, that they are real and good people, who bless to have a good heart even without the sight. Thanks the post my friend purple, have a nice day and keep on posting. Happy myLot!
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• Philippines
21 Jul 08
thanks... I used to think they feel empty too. I thought they are lonely. But when I talked to them, they seemed to be happy. Although I can never tell what's inside their hearts, I just know it's not that empty at all. thanks for the response! :)
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
20 Jul 08
Hi purple, I can understand how you felt. Sometimes when something makes us uncomfortable and we don't know how to react we get angry at ourselves. What you did was very nice. You tried to help the men. I would have wanted to ask questions too, but would have felt that it just wasn't the right thing to do. Yes, I used to talk to a blind young woman on the bus. She was always so pleasant and happy. It would always get me wondering so many things. I'm sometimes scared to do something and then I would look at her and think, she's so brave going on the bus and not being able to see. And here I am going on the bus and being scared just because I'm going somewhere I've never been before and I have my sight. How pathetic am I!
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• Philippines
21 Jul 08
thanks. I thought others would think it was an ordinary act. I can relate to that! I am also afraid of going to different places I'm not used to. But blind men are so brave to travel even they are not able to see.
• Philippines
20 Jul 08
I don't know someone who is blind but I always see blinds on the street. During my college days I always see blinds outside our school campus. I think they are a couple, they are beggars. They always have their guitar and mic to sing on the street. And some people who passes by give them coins sometimes. I feel pitty whenever I saw them, and sometimes I give them money if I had extra cash.
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• Philippines
21 Jul 08
I've also seen blind men who sing on the streets. I also pity them but I was always told not to give money to them. So I thought they were just pretending to be blind. That's why when I met the 2 blind men, I thought I could just ignore them and do nothing.
@ishqvishq (1023)
• India
21 Jul 08
nice have a good luck helping other peoples always gives us good feeling and a confident to live our life proudly carry on
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@KrauseHome (36746)
• United States
21 Jul 08
Glad you were there to help guide and direct them where they needed to be safely. Sometimes I am sure they really are thankful for us when we're there to help them even though most of them usually hate to ask. One of my Best friends about 17 yrs. ago or so, was legally blind, but could see things that were closeup. He really hated to ask others for help unless there was no choice otherwise. Most people like this want to be very independant if they can, but I cannot imagine not being able to see things out there around us. It would be a hard way to live for sure.
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• Philippines
21 Jul 08
good day.. I had an auntie that is blind for almost 30 years of her life. She live normally and with her son and daughter in law. I know that the cause of her blindness is hereditary but I never ask her how it feels. I know it's hard enough to deal with it as I see how she struggle to grasp for things in middle of the day. I can't imagine a life like that but I do admire her.
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@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Jul 08
purplehyacinth you are not insensitive you helped them get a jeepney, whatever that is.Of course they are goodpeople most handicapped people are as good or as bad as any of the rest of us. I have known a few blind people and they are not that different from the rest of us as they have the same feeling and desires. They hate being pitied and want to be treated as a normal person with a disability. I walk with a brace on one leg and often people make exceptions for me that they would not for others and I hate that, I want people to see me, not the damned brace. I can wait in line, I can stand up if I have to, I may be 81, but I am still alive. I think most handicapped people would like to be seen as a person first ,then their handicap. lol
@salonga (27830)
• Philippines
21 Jul 08
Thank you for this post my dear. I believe you are a person of good heart because while normally other people will not pay attention to blind people along the street, you on the other hand even gave them a helping hand. God bless you for that kind deeds. I know many people who are blind and you are right indeed blindness could in a way have some benefit. They are pitiful because they have been deprived of eyes to see the beauty of God's creation but in a way they are blessed for they could not see the corruptness of this world. One person I admire most was blind. She was a great woman of faith. She was Fanny Crosby, the author of almost 1000 Hymns she composed out of her great love for the Lord. Her blindness did not prevent her from being productive and from serving God through her songs and teachings that have saved lots of souls. Ms.Fanny never regretted her blindess nor was unhappy about it because even though she was blind she was gifted with a very sharp mind and all her other senses were doing great. And I would like to quote here a very inspiring poem she composed when she was 5 years old: "Oh what a happy child I am Although I cannot see I am resolved that in this world Contented I will be How many blessings I enjoy That other people don't So to weep and sigh because I'm blind I cannot and I won't!"
• Philippines
21 Jul 08
thanks, that's very inspiring. I have never heard of Fanny Crosby but hearing her story from you, I really admire her too. I thought some disabled people would question God about their disability. It's really rare to see people thankful even if they have disability. She was blind but that didnt stop her from seeing God's love. I really admire her too.
@xsquid (111)
• Indonesia
21 Jul 08
WELL DONE, really a good deeds you did there, helping people who's in need. I agree with you, maybe blind people are not influenced by the corrupted world out here so they can stay pure hearted. They really is brave, to have the courage to face this cruel world. Not everyone these days have a heart to help these people, I think you are a kind person as well purplehyacinth.
@nengs10 (3188)
• Philippines
21 Jul 08
This is a very heartwarming act of kindness. You don't know when these things happen. They just happen in a moment that you don't expect to. I saw a blind beggar before. I gave him some of my coins and said some greetings. I saw that she smiled back.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
21 Jul 08
Hi dear u r right i believe when nature dont give them some sense then they are stronger in other area, just need confident from family, society and proper grooming and they can be as succesful as any other person And i should say people must treat them with respect as they are survining. sure i dont want to ask them about their life with shortcominfg as they are not feeling it so i need them to feel that Thanks for post
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
21 Jul 08
Honestly sometimes I think that it's better to be blind sometimes so that we could see what's not on the outside of a person but what's inside. It's nice that you helped the two of them and I salute you for that Most of the time I really find it hard to approach and offer my help to people who are differently-abled because I fear that they might take it against them that they would again pity themselves for being in such a condition.