The Gift

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day a masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from a good book-especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings, & pray for guidance everyday…John Wooden. I am a standing witness that such thinking goes a long way in making life meaningful. I have witness the power of love, kindness, and being helpful. My grandmother and mom had heart not only in their way of treating people but in their thinking. They believed if you’re unable to help someone, then at least don’t create additional problems for them. In our life there will be moments we can help others to our best capacity. It can be simply helping an individual find comfort by sharing words of hope after a death of a love one or giving up our seat on a bus to an elderly individual. I think that is what love looks like, being helpful to others. It’s seeing a need and being moved to act. As a parent, I find it a great responsibility to teach M the gift of helping others. A while back we transition M room into that of autism hero theme. Yes, M has a superhero cape with a mask with puzzle pieces making the letter M. Everyday, we explain to M that he can make a difference by being willing to help others to his best ability. Afterall, that is the true meaning of being a hero is helping someone to succeed beyond what they thought possible. Yesterday, I was looking for my keys in the car. M surprised me by offering his toy keys to help. He kept repeating the word “Key!”  I was touched by M offering to help me in his own way. Of course, I made M keys work along with my keys once I found them. M is teaching me helping others is a rewarding gift and that gift starts at home!

Simply an autism mom learning