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Spotlight on Maribel Steel

Maribel Steel Mastering the Art of Blindness
Maribel Steel
Author, Inspirational Speaker, Mentor & Peer Advisor

Maribel Steel and I have been writing colleagues, friends, idea bouncers  and peer advisors for quite some time. We’ve cheered each other on in blue moments and even dream of writing a book together one day. I feel blessed to know her and to witness  the many hats she wears — both physically … and within the roles she takes on. She’s an author, a mentor, a guide, an inspirational speaker, a coach, a musician and so much more! One of the things we both have in common is our sense of humor.  I’m delighted to share this post with you.

A Guest Post 

“A License to Laugh” 


Maribel Steel - Speaker, Writer & Coach The Art of Mastering Blimdness
Maribel Steel coined  The Art of Mastering Blindness

I have been legally-blind since the age of seventeen with an incurable eye condition known as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). After receiving the unexpected diagnosis at such a crucial stage of my development, I remember thinking that I had to make a serious choice: I could either drown in self-pity and be cocooned in cotton wool and let go of my young dreams…or I could see this diagnosis as a mere obstacle that had to be overcome and develop a different way of reaching my goals. So I embraced this quote by Patrick Overton: –

β€œWhen you have come to the edge of all light that you know, and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen – there will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.”

I like to think I have learned to do both!
I have learned to ground myself by following my intuition, to listen to the voice within, to trust inner vision and step out with firm determination and courage to follow my dreams.

And I have been surprised to learn that I can fly by the seat of my pants as I share the journey with family and friends because my partner, Harry, has taught me that sometimes, one has to let go of our magnificently organised plans and jump into the world of chaos and enjoy the unforeseen situations that present themselves.

Links for you to connect with Maribel:

Gateway to Blindness blog
Touching Landscapes blog
Published Works
Speaking Topics

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2 thoughts on “Friday Friends: Spotlight on Maribel Steel

  • June 2, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I think a book written by the two of you would be great.
    Yes, humour is essential. I try to keep my sense of humour, but it’s hard when I am caught off guard, in certain instances.
    For instance, the other day I ordered pizza. When I answered the door, there was silence, before the pizza man suddenly and abruptly blurted out:
    “Is there something wrong with your eyes?”
    I was taken totally of guard by this question and I think I mumbled something like, “Yes.” Other times, I might have responded differently, but I just wasn’t expecting that.
    Interacting with the world can throw some curve balls, but life is never boring.
    Glad to find this guest post here.

  • June 2, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Oh Kerry,
    Those kind of situations take time to adapt to! We never think of quick retorts on the spot. And, not to mention how confusing it must have been to open the door only to find silence. Thank goodness, your take on life is, “It’s never boring.” I have no idea what I would have responded! Maybe, “Do you have something wrong with your mouth?” in a cheery voice. What is wrong with people?!
    Yes, I count humor as one of my biggest strengths, thank goodness!

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