“Don’t Let Your Disability Be The Defining Factor”
I can’t take credit for the title of this post. This is a quote by Mr. Ollie Cantos, who was featured on World News with David Muir. Mr. Cantos and his sons, Steven, Nick, and Leo are blind. They were named, “Persons of the Week” on the program for receiving the highest achievement in the Boys Scout, the Eagles Scout.
As I watched their story I cried. This isn’t abnormal for me, because stories of such achievements always affect my heart where I become emotional. However, what touched me was the father, and his words, as well as his actions.
Mr. Cantos, spoke of how a person’s disability should not be the defining factor in their life. And these are not only words, but something that can be seen clearly in his life and in the life of his children.
Mr. Cantos demonstrates this for all of us by adopting blind triplets, at the age of 10. He has cared and nurtured them, while instilling his beliefs and his values. You can see it by the achievement of his sons who have become Eagle Scouts. They have also set goals for their future. Steven wants to become a copyright attorney, Nic wants to keep the family business, and Leo wants to work for Microsoft.
Wow! I am impressed. This man and his sons are not just speaking those words, but they are living a life that shows the world that their disability is not the defining factor.
This should be an inspiration to us all. As we look at them, we should be encouraged to believe that nothing should stop or limit us from achieving our dreams. A disability, our current situation, or circumstances should not define us. Instead, we should continue to purse our goals and our dreams and not allow it to be the defining factor in our life.