Exceeding Expectations for a DisABLEd Person

March 7, 2013

I recently resigned my volunteer position at the therapy center for developmentally delayed children. I had become unhappy with the expectations of my supervisor who did not seem to feel I was capable to do much of anything. The environment had become depressing, evoking shame, self-loathing and anxiety. So, I sent my supervisor a kind email telling her in no certain terms that I was resigning my position.

I have since been looking for new volunteer opportunities. One of them is at a free clinic. I attended the volunteer info session just hours earlier today. The info session at the free clinic ended in good terms, but the ride wasn’t so smooth. I’m fortunate that I am able to articulate my strengths so well. Had I not been able to do so, I would have been overlooked for my deafness. It is only by the grace of God that I volunteered as I did, impressed the right people as I did, and answered His calling for me as I did up to this point. In the end, she only wanted to speak to two of my references, both of whom are associated with the free clinic and both of whom I feel have only good things to say of my character and my drive.

Still, I’m shaken by the bullet I barely dodged. There will be others.

Memorable Quotes:

Volunteer Coordinator: “I don’t want to mislead you, this will be hard.”
Me: “Good. That’s how I learn. With me, it’s sink or swim.”
VC: “Good answer.”
Me: “Look. I’m young. I don’t have all the answers. All I know are two things: one, this is what God has called me to do; and two, it’s been done before. All I have to do now is figure out how. That’s why I’m here.”


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