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A Sign of the Times

With the COVID-19 crisis at hand – frankly I’m sick 😷 of hearing👂🏻 about it!!! As with so many things in my life, I reframe my thoughts 💭… We’re all stuck at home (for the most part.) My hair is greasy and honestly – I’m shocked 😱 that this is a status update shared by so many others – turns out I’m not the only one feeling the stress. This global pandemic is a hardship for us all. In the old days I would say, “I look in the mirror and…” but nowadays I typically see my reflection in my phone 📱 or tablet as I video chat with the rest of the quarantined world 🌎 We have come to rely on technology not just for communication but also as a link to bridge the gap in education, medical and mental health visits, work, and family life.

We joke, but truthfully we can all relate to letting ourselves go because we’re all at least a little depressed… It seems we wash 🧼 for appearances sake much more often than for our health and hygiene.

It’s so much easier to be motivated by the people around us and so much harder to find the internal intrinsic motivation we all WISH we had. I contemplate 🤔 just how this applies to everything I’m trying to accomplish. As a special needs mom, I can’t force motivation on my son anymore successfully than I can push myself to actually do all that I want to achieve.

Stephen look at the lobster! 🦞
He touched the lobster! So glad to get his attention!

So much of what we want to change in life is the very essence of human nature. We need to embrace our humanity and accept that which we can’t change. We will not cure the entire world of disease. Likewise we won’t make an autistic person fit our stereotypical ideals. Instead we need to focus on what we can change. It’s the small steps that we take everyday that will change our eternal destination. Improving upon our habits and reshaping our ideals.

Does he realize that we’re going to eat this?
Curiosity- motivation to enjoy 😊 the world around him!

Let’s not expect our differences to outweigh our similarities. We all want to be motivated by the people, places, and things we love ❤️ most in life. No one wants to be motivated by a pushy boss or a nagging spouse. It’s our enjoyment of the simple things in life that we take for granted – that make the world go ’round. It’s being able to sit outside on a sunny ☀️ day and relax on my porch swing, sipping a cup of coffee ☕️ and enjoying the fresh air. Now that’s motivation enough.

The beautiful colors of spring flowers 🌸

I’ve found the time to enjoy some gardening. As I was surfing the internet and reading articles about gardening, I came across a blog. I was struck by a statement that rung true. While the times are uncertain, the inevitable arrival of spring (in the northern hemisphere) is one thing we can count on. The seasons will change and the sun will continue to rise again…

something I always look forward to…

As a caregiver, special needs and epilepsy make me take a step back and realize that all of these little things can never be taken for granted. The looming fear of illness and setbacks is always on the horizon. We don’t have the luxury of forgetting what COULD HAPPEN. Instead we rely on the FAITH TO FACE OUR FEARS, the undying HOPE that WE WILL get through this, and the love 💗 to make it actually happen. Dinner 🍽 at home with our family isn’t such a bad idea – It’s not a hardship at all!

Maybe we all need to pay more attention to our health and well-being and less attention to the vanity and comfort we have come to take for granted in our modern world…

This is not the end, and this will not be the last global pandemic. In the future perhaps we will be better prepared and have more realistic expectations. Ultimately this will be a lesson in perseverance and it will shape the world as we know it into THE BLESSING THAT LIFE TRULY IS!

beautiful purple spring flower bends gently with the home improvement center parking lot blurred in the background
bring the beauty of imperfection into focus…

PPT meeting prayer for parents

May my child’s love of learning grow.
May his teachers always know –
How to reach him,
How to teach him,
the way he learns best.

May I get a good night’s rest,
give me strength to do my best,
stay calm and strong –

To help him along,
to future education, employment and independent living…
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One Word Photo Challenge: Brown (The End of the Road)

I love all things interesting and unusual. This tree caught my eye on a summer camping trip to Burlingame State Park. I’ve never seen a tree grow over a sign like this before. What a peaceful place on the campground. Nature envelops every trace of humanity. Even the sign bows to the beauty of creation.

State Property Ends
State Property Ends

and another sight that caught my eye…

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