Updated: Dec 30, 2020
It is that time of year again where we reflect on the things that we are most thankful for. In all honestly, this is a practice that I try to embrace all year long. Still, in November, it is especially in the forefront of my mind. When I think about my life and the major role that Autism plays in it, I must train my brain to find the good stuff. Yes, there are challenges! Yes, there are times that I feel like I should be doing more! Yes, there are times that I feel suffocated with anxiety about their futures. Yes – Yes- and one more – Yes!!! I wake up and I think, ‘How can I connect with them (my sons with Autism) today?’ Am I successful every day? Nope! They let me in on their own terms and when they want to. Those are the special moments. But I digress…. Thankfulness…
I am thankful that they communicate to me what they want and need. I am thankful that they have activities during their day that makes them smile. I am thankful to have a husband who is a constant support for all of the day-to-day needs of our children and our home. I am thankful that my older girls are extraordinary Mothers to my two granddaughters. I am thankful that my immediate family (Mom and siblings) are happy and healthy. I am extremely thankful to have such caring and dedicated staff who go above and beyond their job descriptions every day to teach and support our wonderful CARES™ families. Overall, I have more to be thankful about than not.
Still, there are some who might not be in a place of thankfulness, especially not thankful for Autism and the challenges it can sometimes bring. For you I say, search for the smallest thing to grateful for. It could be that your child is now brushing the left side of their teeth and they used to only brush the right side. It could be that your child cooperates in getting dressed or getting their face washed. It could simply be that your child smiled today! The little things are the things to hold onto. After some time, you will find the little things adding up and filling your gratitude cup.