Inevitably in life we have all experienced things that have forced us to slow down, perhaps take another route, do things differently than we would have liked. I think of these things as bumps in the road. I try to refrain from judging them as good or bad, but just as the way things are. There are some moments I’m better at achieving this kind of calm perspective than others. It’s easy for me to feel all that is happening at work is “horrible”, but the truth is, a series of events have been set into motion and I have had to make the decision to fight back, to defend myself or allow another person to harm me and in harming me, harm my family.
Emma experiences her own “bumps” along the way. Things that happen, which force us to change well laid plans. Plans she is excited about and is looking forward to. But more and more, lately, Emma has taken these things in stride. She is learning to adapt to a world that is often precarious, constantly changing and shifting. It is a wonderful thing to witness. We all must adapt to our ever changing circumstances.
Emma makes me happy – Both my children do. Try not to smile while looking at this next photograph.
I dare you. No smiling. Come on, it’s impossible not to feel a tiny degree of joy, right? I love that.
Here’s another photograph that can’t help but bring a smile to my face.
This was done yesterday during Emma’s “study room”. She is writing longer and more complex sentences. Her reading is coming along beautifully. Excuse me while I jump up and down with excitement!
So no matter how heinous things get at work, I have my family. My beautiful, amazing family – and that’s all I need to bring things into the proper perspective.
For more on Emma’s journey through a childhood of autism, go to: www.EmmasHopeBook.com