Doing your holiday shopping? Please be aware of those who are in a wheelchair in those stores and shopping malls. Oftentimes we forget to look down as we walk and the person in a wheelchair is below our field of vision. Please don’t trip over them. Also, watch out for them in the parking areas! Their wheelchair is often lower than what your mirrors see.
As a courtesy, please open and hold doors for them, and assist them if they drop a parcel. Those things are very challenging for someone in a wheelchair to accomplish. By assisting, you are giving them a great gift. They will usually respond with a sincere “thank you!”
If you are the one in the wheelchair, here are some hints for you.
- Don’t go alone. Take along a friend, family member or caregiver. You are vulnerable to muggers and others who would steal your wallet and/or packages.
- Try to shop very early in the morning when the stores just open. Parking is easier before the lot gets filled. The stores have fewer people in them so it’s easier to negotiate through the aisles in your wheelchair.
- If you use a backpack or some other carrying device for packages on the back of your wheelchair, make sure it is securely fastened to your chair. It is all too easy to simply steal the backpack itself without your knowledge. It takes only seconds and your purchases are gone.
- Most important: remain positive and keep good energy in your heart and mind. Although I mentioned negative things happening in the first three items, use those items to be prepared, not scared. Remember the “Law of Attraction”. We get what we think about because the energy we put out is what comes to us.
Moral of the story: go shopping with joy in your heart. That’s what gift giving is all about anyway, right? Spreading joy.
Moral #2: Be aware, not scared. It is about the emotion you put behind your thoughts that sends out the energy that comes back to you. Aware is neutral. Scared is fear-based negative energy that attracts other fear-mongers to you.
For further information, try this website: “A Wheelchair Users Guide to Mall Shopping: http://kdsmartchair.com/blogs/news/99807622-a-wheelchair-users-guide-for-mall-shopping
Happy Holidays Everyone!
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