How many blind people do you think you meet walking along the street everyday? You can’t tell because all of them don’t have walkers, a guide and a begging cup. They aren’t standing at the street corner singing a hymn or reading the Gospel in Braille, loudly, for the benefit of passer bys who may or may not drop a coin for them.

No, these blind people can see. They have fully functioning eyes able to perceive light and colours and everything else they need not to be termed blind.

There’s a marathon runner named Henry Wanyoike. 10 years past he was one of many. He run marathons, won and many Kenyans never even knew his name.

A year later – 9 years ago now – he lost his sight. This is what really shot him to the public spotlight. Henry Wanyoike was blind, he had to run with a guide and he is a marathon champion of world scale!

His achievements since losing his sight are many. He is a marathon champion, he set up the Henry Wanyoike Foundation, he’s married with a son, he is the Standard Chartered Bank ambassador for the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2007… and the list will go on.

So, can we term this man disabled? Yes – because he is blind. Can we term him blind? No – because he has vision.

There are many of us walking, able and blind because we have not found that thing that gives us élan and life – a reason to be: greater than ourselves.

Blindness is not a physical lack of sight but rather a metaphysical lack of vision.

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