Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Editorials

August 1, 2013

Embracing the happy moments

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If others, both children AND parents, took just a few moments to try to change their perspective, maybe it wouldn’t be so difficult for these kids to be different. With the growing level of diversity in this county, surely we could all be a little more tolerant of each other and celebrate our differences rather than ostracizing those who are not the same.

Hate and prejudice are taught. No one is born believing they are better than anyone else. If people took the time to get to know a child with special needs, they could see that there is more love and understanding in them than anyone might believe possible. My son loves everyone, with an utter completeness that doesn’t leave room for hate. He sees the world through autism-tinted lenses, but by striving to see things from his point of view, I have learned many valuable lessons.

I learned that life is far too short to focus on the negative things. My son’s reactions to most negative things are very short lived. He gives it a few moments of his time and then he is on to the next thing in which he finds joy. His simple view on life has taught me many things. Chiefly, the truth of the old cliché “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

I invite anyone reading this to stop for a moment and evaluate your life. Instead of disparaging others for their differences, take a second look and discover the unique qualities they offer the world. Could you benefit from letting go of the little things and negativity and just begin taking joy in life itself? It could be over at any given moment, so why not love the good things and forget the bad? I promise, it will make you happier and give you a chance to focus on the happy moments that make up a lifetime.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004

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