I WAS AT AN EVENT FOR THE disabled a few months ago, and had an amazing time. I’m not disabled myself, but I met some incredible people, and came away feeling very inspired.
One young girl in particular stood out to me. She appeared to be very able-bodied so I wasn’t sure what her connection was with the event. But, as I was eating lunch, I caught a glimpse of her again and had a random thought come in to my head: the thought was to give her my bangle.
Now, my bangle wasn’t ultra-flash. But I loved it – I wore it almost every day, and had done for a couple of years. It had a Bible verse engraved on the inside: ‘He will charge his angels concerning you to watch over you.’ It wasn’t something I wanted to give up … but the urge to do so was pretty strong.
So I sought the girl out and introduced myself. I still couldn’t work out what her disability was, but she did explain that she’d been sick as a child – and the sickness had had a lasting effect.
I’m not entirely sure how I transitioned the conversation into giving her the bangle. All I remember was that it was pretty awkward: “Hey, I’ve only just met you – but here, have my favourite piece of jewellery!”
As I handed it to her, she didn’t look at it. Instead, she felt the engraving with her fingers … and smiled.
At this point I realised what her disability was.
That bangle was perfect!