I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your article about your sister in February’s issue of The Edge [read here]. I have a younger sister who has Down Syndrome and I know exactly what you are talking about. She is love personified through and through. She has such a gift and she helps me to focus on the good. I am so thankful for her. — Andrea Thelin, Akeley, MN
What a gift the “special needs people” who do not have all the answers demonstrate to us in their ability to be with whatever life’s challenges present. The interesting thing is that special needs children and people do not see what so-called normal people see. They see what normal people do not see. Yet, as they see what normal people do not, they don’t have to tell another how they should be or who they should be or how they should act or what they should believe or what is or what is not. They just demonstrate they are not just loving, but unconditionally accepting also.
Does genuine and authentic really exist on this planet? “Special Needs People” show us it does! The problem with so-called normal people is they tend to choose when to be genuine and authentic and who to be genuine and authentic towards. So-called normal people say one thing and then do another. They say they are interested and open from the heart and mind, and then demonstrate they are not being honest with another or their own Self and demonstrate it by their actions and choices.
It is easy to be open, loving and accepting of a “Special Needs Person” because of what they are to us. So I present to anyone who reads this: Is this not another example of “Pay It Forward”? So my question to each person is: “Are you paying it forward?” If you are not, what are you waiting for? Be the example, and demonstrate it in your life, in every moment! The buck stops with you. If all you do is receive and keep it for your Self, pay if forward, even if another looks at you like you are crazy or out of your mind. “Special Needs People” live genuine and authentic lives. Do you? — Rick Schuster, Oakdale, MN