Life is about relationships. It’s about connections to those around you. Connections to people you grew up with, share the same blood with, school friends, and even those you just met 5 minutes ago. Our connections to people on this planet are truly what’s most important in life.
Think about it.
When a celebratory event happens in life, what is it about? What about a tragedy? They are all about people when you get down to the heart of the issue. Graduations, marriages, births, adoptions, promotions, and on the flip side, divorces, orphans, firings, even homes burning down. The most rewarding and the most sad events have to do with people… and everything in between.
Connections to people are also what bring us the best doctors for our kids. Or perhaps even the best therapists that understand our needs. It’s connections that find us a new place to live, a better school, or the best tutor in town.
Yet it’s people that we tear down all the time. It’s people we make fun of and ridicule. It’s people we gossip about and talk badly about behind their backs. It’s the very people that we are called to love that we criticize the most.
We don’t understand why they aren’t like us. We don’t “get” them. The saddest thing to me is that most of us brush it off as “their” fault and “they” are the ones with problems. How is that love? How is that acceptance?
As the mom to 3 special needs kids, I have learned a lot about people, a lot about children, and a lot about prejudices, judgments, and assumptions. I have learned that people don’t know much about the special needs world, don’t want to know, and blow kids off as being “weird,” “dumb,” “stupid,” or “slow.” They pass them off as being “too unfocused” or “too hyper” without getting to know the child and what makes them unique, motivated, and special. They try to slap labels on them to classify them as a certain way.
There is only one problem…
Each person is uniquely different ~ uniquely made by a Creator who placed every hair on your head. Everyone has their own personality, their own circumstances, their own experiences, and their own character that makes them unique. There is not one child or one adult who is alike on planet earth. We are all a work in progress.
We like to think we are perfect. We like to think we are the best. We like to think we are the most popular or we help out the most.
Reality: we are ALL works in progress.
The faster we realize that, the faster we accept people for who they are, offer them grace to be themselves, and appreciate the gifts they have that can touch OUR lives.
Open your heart. Open your mind. You just might find greater love sneaking in when you aren’t looking!
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Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!