Monday, April 15, 2013
A Few Tidbits About Special Needs Parenting
I like to find quotes on topics that I write about and today I thought I would include several. Not all of them were written with special needs parents in mind but I have found many of them to be inspiring and encouraging on my difficult days.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”- Albert Einstein
Frankly, there are times when I flip flop between those two extremes. Some days I bask in the glow and excitement of the smallest milestone. And other days I slip into despair over yet another messy meal or temper tantrum. Obviously, everyone benefits when I see each and every moment as the miracle that it is.
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” -Dalai Lama
There are times when strangers (or even friends) ask difficult questions or make careless comments. Its not always easy to let those things roll off my back. Sometimes I can let things go fairly easily, while other times someone's words stick with me for days or more just eating away at my joy.
“What lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don't always take the time to think about it, but I have grown a lot through the experiences that I hated the most while going through them. I am a more confident person than I was before I became a parent. I have had to defend my children and my choices on many occasions and in different circumstances. And it comes down to God working in me that I am able to keep going and keep growing.
"I thank God for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God." -Helen Keller
While I have not come to a place where I can be thankful for my children's handicaps I do believe that through them I have seen God's work. He is evident in every step they take, every sign they make, every tiny bit of progress happens because of Him and I am thankful every day that He is watching over us.