I am going to keep this in perspective for my week ahead. I think it's a great reminder.
I consider myself fortunate that I'm around people that remind me of this on a daily basis. I encounter many special needs people, from small children to adults, on a daily basis.
Most of you know that my kids are both special needs.
Some of the special needs may be physical. Like a teacher I work with who uses crutches daily, due to twisted lower limbs and feet. I never cease to marvel at the way he forges ahead. Fearless. Confident. Brave. He doesn't let anything or anyone get in his way. I sometimes stand on the sidelines, twitching as I want to jump in to lend a hand, afraid he may tumble to the floor, but holding myself tight to the floor as he moves onward and shows me that he doesn't need help. He inspires me.
Then there are those with intellectual challenges or behavior challenges. Some days are just plain hard. Nasty. No good. Horrible. But each day, I get to see them return to school with smiles on their faces ready and willing to seize another day. And seize it they do.
I'm able to observe my daughter and her beau as they develop a deep meaning relationship. I watch them closely, never letting them know. And I learn. I learn something each time we are all together. They care and love each other no matter what. Just like everybody else. They may have trials and tribulations unlike ours but they face them with abandonment. Alone. Or together. They rise above the rest.
***I'm sorry about the highlighted text in this post. Blogger seems to have a mind of it's own tonight.