Living in the present is essential to our well-being. Nothing else comes close, and the child in us is what makes all things possible — all things worthwhile. Here, you may find yourself again living in a world of renewed playfulness, without concerns about money, productivity, or being “cool”. Delightfully candid snapshots of children worldwide will teach us that there are no limits to our imaginations and that everything we need is within our grasp. Children make us better adults. Let the child in you give rebirth to the things you once thought were lost forever, while you take them by the hand and follow them while they guide you to the abundant tranquility you will feel by living in the moment.
Every child is an artist, teacher, and healer. Watch them at play and as they dream with their heads in the clouds, while they paint a new world for you to help you regain your sense of wonder and heal your wounds.
I am America. I am a man of a certain age who still believes in God, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, I am a nation whom the rest of the world must look upon to find answers, I am picnic baskets waiting to be filled with simple foods prepared by loving hands. I sit quietly and peacefully down by the lake in anticipation of the warm and beautiful sunny days of summer. I am a glorious early spring morning awaiting those who choose to feel and smell me. I am America. I am a mother surrounded by many angels to ease my pain and suffering, I am Jason, a brave heart, I am a voice who speaks the truth and needs people to lend me their ears, I am ears waiting to hear the truth, I am on a distant path waiting for someone to discover me and let me lead them to a beautiful singing pond with the morning dew lighting the way, I am a land that used to be called “promised”, and I still do promise if you will just hold my hand and together make a stand, I am a father who understands that the love of God and family alone is worth the fight, I sometimes long for yesterday, but look towards the end of a perfect day, I am country music, hamburgers, corn on the cobb, and iced tea, I am down home and I still love my hometown, I am Mother Earth’s heartbeat, companion, and friend, I am the land of the plenty, but also the land of the sad and suffering, I am America. I am a river of love seeking an ocean, I am old, torn, and tattered car tires laying in a field in the shape of a heart with daisies growing around them, I am children laughing and singing silly songs that are dancing in their heads, I am a day like none other filled with hope, opportunity, and boundless love, I am still a melting pot for all of God’s children, and the child in all of us, I have discovered after searching for so far, that I cannot turn back, I am a land with arms wide open waiting to embrace you, I know we can only achieve real peace when we live inside each others’ wounds, I have discovered that after all my searching, I have found a place of my own in the heart of a stranger passing me by, I will not walk with my dirty feet in other peoples’ heads, I will give inner peace a chance, America I am. I am a ship of leaders in the night, not a ship of fools, I am a nation that must begin to replant the seeds of peace, and one by one we shall reap the harvest, singing and shouting the voice of victory, I am Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn, and Tom Sawyer, I am all the countless wonderful cities, towns, and villages spread across this great land waiting to be re-discovered, I am Autism, the door that can unlock the love in your heart, I am Dante, the keeper of the key, I am the land of freedom, hope, and charity, I once was blind but now I see, I am America. I am home. It’s time to wake up and be awesome.
There is a word that needs to circulate more within America to establish the credibility and morality of those who should claim it. The word is “Patriot”. Those of us who claim to be patriots are proud of this allegiance to which we ascribe.
It is considered to be aligned to what is morally right. Such things as a moral value, goodness, kindness, and courage to seek the truth, lie deep within the conscience of a patriot.
Much of the meaning of the word patriot belongs solely to those who honor its true meaning, and does not belong to those who disagree. Today this exclusion of others not considered to be patriotic seems to play a role in polarizing the American way of life today. If we are to move forward we all need to move toward the true meaning of patriotism.
We must build on what it means to be a patriot which has become to be a variety of things to different people. Some attributes are stronger in some individuals than in others. Some of the things that the word patriot has come to include:
Love for one’s country
Willingness to defend her
Understanding and commitment to the ideals upon which she was founded
Desire to rectify the mistakes that were made in the past
Commitment to obey with respect the founding documents
Faithfulness to the constitution
Although we may disagree with these principles and the practices of past and present governments, we must respect everyone’s point of view. America is not one thing, but many things.Patriotism is not one thing, but many things.
Trust and belief in the good that lies within all Americans will re-establish her might. Love for America has many colors and we must join together to work toward a common good.
The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it. Hope is the last thing ever lost.
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.