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Giving Thanks

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In the spirit of the season, I would like to give thanks to everyone who takes the time to help our kids on the autism spectrum, be that a teacher, a therapist, a family member, a neighbor….. the list could go on forever.

I also give thanks to our children, without whom I would never have learned, or relearned, some of my most important life lessons. Some of their lessons I’ve mastered, others are still a work in progress, but all are priceless. So thank you all for teaching me — how not to judge others or to allow their judgments to define you.

— what thinking “outside the box” really means
— to find peace in just sitting still and enjoying the quiet
— to find joy in the simplest things I often take for granted, like taking a breath
— that it’s okay to just be you, with no apologies, and to allow everyone else to be the same
— that a whole lotta fear is not half as powerful, or as fun, as a little bit of courage
— to relax and slow down, what’s the big hurry anyway?
— that there are as many ways to see the world as there are people in it

— that being “normal” (whatever that means) is a bit overrated.

Thank you for being some of the gentlest teachers I have ever known. Your lessons don’t go unnoticed.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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