The Gift of Words by Lara. J. Fuller
About The Author
Lara. J. Fuller :I have been writing poetry for a year and taken part in public poetry readings as well as joining a poetry group on a monthly basis. Also I have a poem published in a local magazine called ‘Seaside News’. My favourite poets are Wordsworth, Dylan Thomas and a few other classics as well such as Shelley. To extend my love of poetry I write, manage a poetry Facebook page and have received positive comments as well as a growing number of followers. Here is the link below if you wish to have a browse. I recently had a haiku published on ‘Anna’s Poetry Live’ blog in aid of a Haiku walking Tour for Charity (Please note the name ‘Beasley’ is my maiden name but I wish to be known under my marital name ‘Fuller’). Also I have an Author’s Profile on ‘Tales from Wales’. https://www.facebook.com/churchwrite/
Words have an impact on our daily lives. The cerebellum controls our physical co-ordination and our verbal co-ordination also making our voices heard in various situations. (https://asklistenlearn.org/parents/conversations-and-communication/). They can either have a positive or negative impact, over-all it can control our work and home environment. As stated in (Job 34:3) ‘For ears tests words, the palate tastes its food’. Sweet’n’Sour comes to mind.
People who have learning disabilities or in general often disregarded in society making the person in question feel unloved, the term ‘hidden’ disabilities can also mean ‘hidden talent’. It brings to me to the question of ‘Can people with disabilities become successful writers?’
We are all teachable (as we are not always born with specific talents). Through programmes that help build our learning structure, it is surprising what one can achieve in life. Also, it begins at an early age. ‘Communication is vital – it allows kids to connect, to learn how to understand each other, and learn how to express themselves successfully and appropriately’ (https://asklistenlearn.org/parents/conversations-and-communication/).By simply having conversations when you’re taking your child to school or having a bite to eat, according to Dr Anthony Wolf ‘We need to capitalise on teaching moments’.
A study took place in 2015 carried out by Dr Catherine Best from the University of Sterling and included people with Autism, tested for their creativity. Out of 31 people they came at the top of the list for unique answers. (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/22/autism-creative-thinking-study). It has also been recorded that people without disabilities in the workplace have found a new appreciation as stated by The Campaign Live ‘Different challenges the norm…and makes sure that we never stand still’. (https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/learning-disability-taught-creativity/1443375). Here is
a Tanka I have written to explain my point further;
man sits on the buss
on reflection crystal clear
over bumpy roads
arms wave suspended in flight
a boy looks up and smiles
As a writer myself, I am always looking for new inspiration, a new take on things, even if it means reconfiguring a piece of original work. Sometimes that can be through people as well as everyday objects. ‘A reader comes to the book or painting ready to surrender themselves, ready to be humbled and provoked, and that is an act of vulnerability and therefore something to be respected’. (https://lithub.com/writing-a-memoir-to-honor-my-younger-self/). Having an open mind can be a good asset for your writing otherwise we could be missing out on something very creative.
As the saying goes’ never judge a book by its cover!’ and if we have the capability of achieving our goals, for example becoming a writer then we should not let our barriers define us and give up on certain dreams. ‘Sure our industry is changing, but it’s still pretty simple really. Beautifully so. We just have to keep finding ways to be different’. (https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/learning-disability-taught-creativity/1443375). The moral is ‘Never give up!’