What can you do?

I’m sitting at my computer looking at a poster that I have on the wall in front of me. It is a selection of drawings by the artist Paul Smith. Paul was a typewriter artist who had Cerebral Palsy. This is a link to more info about his life,  http://cerebralpalsy.org/inspiration/artists/paul-smith/

And this one to a YouTube video interview with Paul,


In the video Paul talks about people saying to him, I could never do that! His response, ‘What can you do?’

Those four words are written at the bottom of the poster on my wall below a display of some of Paul’s work. Whenever I feel disheartened by the challenges I face in life, I look at this poster and I ask myself, ‘What can I do?’

And I am reminded of how fortunate I am.

I can do anything I set my mind to and the only impediment I have is that mindset that doubts my ability. It is a mindset that can be changed and one that I am trying very hard to overcome.

Today I am grateful that the challenges I have been given are not insurmountable, I am grateful for hands that can write, type, draw and generally do anything I ask of them. I am grateful for a body that supports me rather than holds me down and I am grateful for the beautiful souls in this world, like Paul, who challenge me to get out of my head and start living the life I have been given.



R.I.P Paul, you will always be remembered.

Paul Smith

September 21st 1921 – June 25 2007

Paul Smith Typewriter artist

Paul Smith Typewriter artist

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