Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Stop Pushing the Buttons

Filed under: Living with a disability,Motivation — by at 12:05 pm on Friday, March 21, 2008

elevator buttons
(Photo credit: Philip Mason)

Yesterday, in the elevator, on my way up to see Darrell at the hospital, a woman with a staff ID badge was getting off at 3F (the elevator’s front door). When the door opened for her, she asked if I was getting also getting out.

I replied, “No, 3R.”

She pressed the 3R button again. The door didn’t open. 3F began closing. She hit another button to keep 3F open. She said 3R wouldn’t open.

I replied confidently, “Yes, it will.” From experience earlier that week, I knew 3R was not quite the same floor as 3F; it was a few feet higher. 3F needed to close to get to 3R.

With all of its buttons pressed, the elevator was confused and didn’t know what it was supposed to do.

Flustered and annoyed, the staff woman said, “Ma’am, that door won’t open. I have a woman I need to meet with.”

I wasn’t preventing her from leaving through 3F. In fact, I was hoping she would get out so that I could get to where I was going. I repeated, “Yes, it will.” The past two weeks have been filled with uncertainty, but I knew the door would open. Besides, why would there be a 3R button? I began wondering who the disabled one was.

Finally she surrendered and allowed 3F to close. The elevator continued up and 3R opened.

“How did you do that? I’ve never been up here,” she uttered in amazement.

Sometimes one door needs to close before another one will open!

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Comment by CTD3

March 21, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

Priceless story Glenda!


Comment by Joanna Young

March 22, 2008 @ 1:51 am

Clearly Glenda you have magical powers… both to open doors, and help us see the world differently!

Much love


Comment by Karen Putz/ DeafMom

March 22, 2008 @ 6:14 am

What a great post! Have a great weekend!

Comment by Lisa

March 22, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

A great lesson for us all.

Comment by Jeanne Breault

March 22, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

What a great story…in so many ways!

Considering the stress you’re under, I think this realization is a gift to you! It would have been easy to simply become anxious and irritated…the fact that you were open to receive this gift is a testiment to your spirit!

Comment by Doug Rosbury

March 22, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

Beautiful lesson. Thanks so much(!!!)—Doug

Comment by Vivienne Quek

March 24, 2008 @ 11:43 am

That’s the difference of having and not having faith in life.

Comment by Jana

March 26, 2008 @ 8:55 am

Wowwwwww…. “How did you get up here?!” I would have looked at her like she was not the smartest person on earth, and replied “I used the button.” LOL

Comment by Ruth Ellison

March 27, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

What a great story. Thanks Glenda!

Comment by Loree

April 19, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

ROFL that is great!

Comment by @Stephen

May 6, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

“I began wondering who the disabled one was.”
Hah. I wonder about that almost every day, seeing people who insist on insane behavior because they “want” something to be so.

Great post. It reminds me of this Far Side cartoon – http: //tinyurl .com/2jk4ap

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