"I was already on a spiritual journey, but engaging this process with my son and ASD has me on another level!" - Monica, mom of an 8 year old boy with autism.
Many parents start their journey with autism feeling powerless to create the changes they want. The diagnosis can felt like being thrown a 5 ton basketball and being expected to score for the team. Yet, the more I learned, the more I recognized that my son only looked like a challenge. He is really a gift. The gift was wrapped in many layers of wrapping paper. Even the paper is part of the gift. One sheet is the gift of patience, another is hope. Another sheet is love and yet another resilience. One sheet is faith, another tenacity. The more I peeled, the more gifts emerged. There is perseverance and one of my favorites, the power to choose. This is the gift that keeps on giving, it sparks transformation as each layer is exposed. I became aware of how powerful I really am. The layers of gift wrapping are like food to my undernourished self. I eat and I grow. The giant within is awakening. A tremendous metamorphosis is catalyzed by this very simple gift!
So, here you are, internally powerful, recognizing the value in every moment, lovingly accepting your precious gift in the form of your unique child. Here you are, crouched in the froggy position, staring in fascination at a bit of play-doh in your hands. Suddenly, your child looks at you. You look at him and you think "Wow! That's an amazing look! I get to do this and be with you in this way!" And at that moment, everything is frozen and nothing matters. You are a giant and have grown to be a partner to the giant that sits in a froggy position gazing back at you. I wonder where you'll go together?
Oh! The Places You'll Go!
by the incomparable Dr. Seuss
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets.
Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town.
It’s opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do
to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!