CLC (December 31 1988 / Dayton, Ohio)

The Blind

AS SALES TRAINER, I ONCE RECEIVED A CALL.
Caller asked:"Is this Mr. Vitangcol? "
I said:"Yes, speaking.How can I help you? "
Caller:"You conduct sales training, don't you? "

I SAID:"YES, WHEN DO YOU WANT TO HAVE IT? "
Caller:"This Saturday if you'll permit."
I said:"Whom will I train and how many? "
Caller:"The blind salespeople, they're thirty."

WHEN I HEARD "BLIND, " I CAN ALREADY BET,
these salespeople do sell sweepstakes tickets.
But my program is serious salesmanship,
not where you peddle at some corner strip.

CAME SATURDAY, IT WAS ALL A MISTAKE!
The products they're selling were not sweepstakes.
What they carried were the typical ones,
or should I say—those for the sighted ones.

FOR INSTANCE, THERE'S ONE INTO PENSION PLANS;
another, cell phones; others, insurance.
There's one who worked as telemarketer,
another as real estate broker.

ONE THING MORE THAT SOMEWHAT MADE ME STAGGER:
"They were superb as product presenters,
far better than their sighted contenders—
more confident, more sincere, livelier."

OH, THEY WERE NOT ASHAMED TO BE CALLED "BLIND, "
it's the word "disabled" that they did mind.
Have they been burden to other people?
Have they lived through others' hands, feet, and all?

THERE'S ONE I TOLD OF THE MOVIE I'D SEEN.
"Oops, I forgot you don't watch silver screen."
They're offended, openly declaring:
"We watch, too."I asked, "But how? " — "By hearing! "

THESE PEOPLE DID NOT MAKE THEIR IMPAIRMENT
as an excuse to cry and earn laments.
They competed in life with all their might,
as if their eyes were clearer than our sight.

HAVE YOU HAD A PROBLEM YOU COULDN'T BEAT
that you're willing to trade your eyes for it?
If none, may the blind uplift our spirit:
"Ditch all tears of self-pity, self-defeat! "

Amen!

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Rodolfo Martin Vitangcol
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Comments (5)

As I lay up in this bed today I said to myself today isn't going to be like yesterday... and within every hour it proceeded to only get better... the phone wouldn't quit ringin'.. family and friends from all over callin' and I guess it was as if today was the day that EVERYONE knew that I was able to handle the overwhelming love people had to offer... but I do have to say that at the end of my day today, I recieved a call from a precious young lady (YOU) and we ended up having a 3some over the phone w/ the one mentioned in this tribute....(DOC) ... I have to say it was awesome and I truly have you ALL to thank for the love and hope that each of you have given... Cat babygurl, you are right... with the love Doc spreads from all over is something to be treasured for certain. CHEERS! ! ! ! Kris! !
he signs...peace and love, Doc...and that is exactly what in his mails he brings to me...thanks Catlin...you said what I feel...love...nalini
What a nice tribute to Doc Wilde. Good for you Catlin. Sincerely, Connie Webb
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I will toast to that! Doc has friendship that courses through his soul. I have never a met a man like him nor will there ever be another. HERE'S TO YOU DOC, THE BEST FRIEND ANYONE COULD HAVE! ! ! ! Outstanding tribute Cat! ! ! !