It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and disheartened these days, especially when you watch the news and see so much negativity and divisiveness. You may start to wonder what happened to the loving universe you thought you lived in.
So many of us have been feeling this way. And I’m happy to share that I know without a doubt that goodness still abounds and many people are doing amazing things to help others in communities all across the world. A new book entitled Goodness Abounds, demonstrates that our world is still a loving place with 365 true stories of goodness from over 250 people from all over the world. Click Here to Review it
All of the stories are intended to uplift, inspire and remind you of just how good people truly are and how much more alike we are than we may have thought.
I contributed a story to this book on page 267, about my daughter, diagnosed with moderate Autism. In my experience, I know that it does take a village to encourage her full potential. Here is a copy of my story below:
By Annie Price
Over time, our society has raised its awareness and become more enlightened about people with physical or mental special needs. While there’s always room for improvement, comparing how “disabled” children interacted in the 1970s (when I was in school) with today, we’ve certainly come a long way. Today, our society includes many people we might describe as “developmentally challenged,” such as my 15-year-old daughter, Ceara.
When Ceara was first diagnosed with moderate autism at the age of three, I had to catch up fast, as I had little awareness of developmental delays. It was also necessary for me to get over the fact that I didn’t like asking for help. During these past several years, I’ve needed – and asked for and received – support from many people in many areas.
It soon became clear that for Ceara to achieve her greatest potential, we would need all the help we could get – it would indeed “take a village.” We gratefully received assistance from many therapists, school teachers, neighbors, members of our church, and others.
Ceara is now a freshman in high school, where she receives extra assistance and continues to make progress. She’s definitely an energetic powerhouse, and her social skills remain a challenge – she can be blunt and often misunderstands social situations – so interacting with her requires extra patience and understanding. It helps that we are in a small district where many of the kids have known Ceara since early grade school.
I believe that not only is Ceara learning much, she is teaching much at the same time. Thanks to her, I’ve learned that there is an overall goodness in our community. I would sincerely like to thank the many therapists, school staff members, students, friends, family members, neighbors, community groups, and leaders who have in some way helped Ceara. They may not even know that they’ve made a difference, but they did.
It does take a village to help raise our children to their fullest and best potential, and we can all make a difference.