Spring is unfolding, and a new canvas is providing us with a colorful playground. People have smiles on their faces and their hearts are bursting with things to do. Children anxiously await their last day of school, to focus on a summer of bliss. The uniqueness of nature’s glory appears in neighborhoods.. along backcountry roads, and even to the furthermost outposts of America’s parks, fields, and forests.
Birds in flight bring colors that remind us of a need to spread peace, equality, and compassion across this land of unmatched beauty and all things that we hold dear. It’s a penchant for people to go for walks with renewed vigor in their step. Front porches are filled with people appearing as still-life paintings of those simple days gone by.
Here in the Northeast United States, a fervor of color and strong, sweet, heady scents fill the air. From Lilies of The Valley to Hyacinth and Lilac bushes, these fragrances burst in the air. Hills, valleys, and lake country offer a panorama of fortuitous wildflower fields. Garage doors are flung open revealing the tools of spring and summer’s delight, while left scattered in the yard at nighttime waiting to be embraced in the morning. People lie on the grass, eyes fixed on the cloud formations resembling a multitude of patterns, sometimes real, sometimes imaginary.. not taken by a smartphone but a smart mind. A full moon turns the night into a starry place of hopes and dreams. Our elders with faces filled with hard work, wisdom, and sophisticated beauty. American soil filled with graves of patriots and loved ones longing for more visitors, each no longer with stories needed to be told. Children not knowing yet that living in the moment is what matters most, now the ones who will carry the message of life’s most precious moments.
Spring is the heartbeat of love and hope while it renews our belief in ourselves and others.
Spectrum – A condition that is not limited to a specific set of values, but one that can vary without steps across a continuum. Put another way, it’s something that keeps going, slowly changing over time, like us.. humans.. and the four seasons. This month is Autism AcceptanceMonth.
If you have ever met one person with Autism, you’ve met Autism. Autistic people are wonderfully unique, and the challenges they face with their families are diverse.. these issues being particularly relevant during the current COVID-19 crisis. A pandemic that exposed and heightened glaring inequality around the world, at a time when our daily routine (that most of us find important) is upturned.
The world can be a scary place for everyone, but more so for those with autism. Knowing that they are accepted, they will lead fuller and more meaningful lives, as an integral part of society. We all have certain demands that need to be addressed on the other side of the spectrum. It’s time to celebrate, encourage, accept, and understand those who we assume to be “different”.
It will simply detonate any illusions, assumptions, and conclusions we’ve made about this extraordinary human condition. Let’s face it, we’re equal, we’re different, and we need one another. No one needs to be excluded. Spending time with someone with Autism will be a rare look inside the Autistic mind, and an entry into an entirely unknown world. By listening to their voice, we can understand its echoes and stretch our vision of what it means to be human.
It will astound you, ground you, and they will feel less alone.
In a world full of disconnected and isolated people, what could possibly be more beautiful than knowing how to form healthy relationships and establishing deeper connections?
First.. we must know who we are, believe in ourselves, and know where we want to lead. We need to have confidence in ourselves, in order to connect with others. We all know the comforting feeling when we are physically embraced. When we are told that we are loved, feeling heard, emotionally understood and supported by another human being. We all want to know that someone cares for us.
Human connection is an energy exchange between people who are paying attention to one another with the power to sustain deeper moments, inspire change, and build trust. Social connection is a feeling of closeness to others, that you belong to a group that strengthens a core psychological need essential to being satisfied with your life. At the very root of most of our desires is a deep sense of love and belonging; an irresistible need of all people to understand themselves better. Connection— It’s old, it’s new, it’s what’s happening now.