Monday, August 20, 2007

Moving on

I wanted to make another post to move us on from Linnea's B'day - so here is another post. :)

Soon I will be putting some photos of Emily's B'day bash, so please be on the lookout. If you have any pics from the party and wouldn't mind sharing them - please send them to us and we will include them.

Also - a bit of clarification on the book project for Eminnea Inc. I have already started receiving some writings about disabilities to be included in the book, so thank you very much for the time you have put into this project. I want to add some direction, just in case anyone is confused -->

We have all seen or known someone that is or was disabled. We have all felt and thought something when we saw that disabled person. Some of us have learned life lessons from the disabled people we have seen or known. Some of us have learned to love more. Some of us have learned to live more. Some of us have learned to be more accepting. And, some of us have learned to accept ourselves.

What have you learned from your own interaction with disabilities? What has that interaction taught you about your own life? How has it changed your life?

An example (quick and straight from thought to keyboard, so be forgiving) - I have known only a few people with CP (cerebral palsy). To be honest, most of my life I felt very uncomfortable and awkward around someone with CP. I didn't know why, but I felt weird. I didn't know what to do if I saw someone with CP! I didn't know if I should stare, look away, ask questions, cry, pray for them, avoid them, talk to them -- if I did, how would I talk to them? - would they understand me? -- these thoughts would go on and on... I didn't know what to do. As time went on I realized that it wasn't CP that was uncomfortable to me -- I was uncomfortable with ME. I began to understand how unaccepting I was of people that were unfamiliar to me. Not just someone with CP, but people in general. I was ashamed with myself for only feeling comfortable with people similar to me in size and shape, athletic ability, musical ability, religious beliefs, etc, etc. The presence of disabilities in society teaches me to love people for who God made them to be. Disabled people in society have taught me to work hard and not take for granted the things God HAS given me. Disabled people in society have taught me that there is NO way I can fathom what someone else can accomplish with the resources they have. But, most of all, the presence and accomplishments of disabled people in society have taught me to cherish, love and support my daughter, Emily, b/c there is no telling what she too can accomplish amidst the challenges of her own life.

That is what this book is about. :)

Peace <><

1 comments:

Nancy said...

Wow! That's good! Knowing a person with disabilities makes a person mature, more human, more complete.