S is for SUCCESS
Success is defined as: “1. the favourable outcome of something attempted 2. the attainment of wealth, fame, etc…” – Dictionary.com
There is so much wonderful wisdom in this quote, I had to share it in its entirety: “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.” ~ Bessie Stanley 1905
I think we all tend to measure our success in comparison to others. Unfortunately, when we do this, it is a great disservice to ourselves. We should never compare ourselves to others, because no two people walk the same path. I feel our level of success is a highly personal matter, that only our heart and mind can measure. The beautiful thing about viewing the world, our actions, and our disadvantages/blessings in this manner is that they are Ours and Ours alone to learn from and celebrate.
Just as we cannot measure our success by the accomplishments (or lack thereof) of others, we also cannot measure our children’s abilities by what other children can (or can’t) achieve. Every person, including every child (specials needs or not) is unique. We cannot, and should not, attempt to force our kids into a mold they were never meant to squeeze into. We can, and should, encourage our children to embrace their differences and cultivate their strengths and interests. If we all focused more on beauty, living, laughing, and loving would the world not be a better place? So why not teach our children to simply strive to find their niche and enjoy the entire marvel that comes with it?
The highest level of success we can experience as a parent is to build a solid foundation for our children; then watch them lead a life filled with love, honesty, acceptance, strength, joy, faith, pride etc… Our children are born with amazing gifts, and they teach us how to incorporate them into our life. Our children are our greatest teachers, and we should follow them into the unknown with open hearts and minds. We do not know what road Our journey will take us down next; however, we do know that as long as we do it Our way in a manner that is best for Our family the road will be filled with endless possibilities and successes. Our greatest success will be raising our children to be proud of themselves, including their unique abilities; always knowing that Different is NOT Less. “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” ~ Christopher Morley
Success “Our Way” is defined as: “A happy, healthy family enjoying life, learning and growing together in faith, love and gratitude for all life has to offer (the hard times, the easy times, and everything in between) as we evaluate our imperfections and celebrate our progress.”
Autism Proud – Journey With Us – by Jest Tu Positive by Dorothy Stronglove is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.