Making Sense of the World – Shine Your Light

TreasureEvery now and then an experience reaches out, grabs us by the collar and shakes us to pay attention to something in our lives that has gone overlooked, something we can learn from to become better, more compassionate human beings.  Well, that something occurred to me yesterday.

I call it kismet, because I believe there are no coincidences in life.   Having a surgical nurse for a wife, loving science all my life, having had a neighbor with an autistic child, and of course, being a writer, collectively captured my heart when I “just happened” to be watching a recent episode of The Doctors on television.

I was enamored upon learning the story of Carly Fleischmann, an 18-year-old from Toronto, who Carly_Fleischmannwas diagnosed with non-verbal autism at age two.  With the support and help from her parents, together, they discovered a method for Carly to communicate with others and to express herself.  Initially, via typing and then leveraging current technology and social media, Carly has become the voice of autism for many others.

Indeed, she and her father authored a book entitled, Carly’s Voice.  Carly also produced a short video entitled Carly’s Cafe, for which she won a Cannes Silver Lion Award.

Once unlocked and unshackled from the chains of non-verbal autism, Carly flourished as a student (with an IQ of 122) and has just been accepted at the University of Toronto, where she will study Journalism.

Now, you might wonder or ask, what does this young lady have to do with The Inspired Verse?  My answer, many things!

“In my quest to help others, share my faith, be inspired and attempt to inspire others, Carly epitomizes the classic struggle of every person to be understood by others, not be judged by our appearance or demeanor, and that every person has God-given gifts to be recognized by and shared with others; if only we take the time to search for and see them.”

Carlys_VoiceCarly’s story sparked feelings in me of humility, gratitude and compassion.  Watching this young woman exceed and succeed in a world that labels individuals like her as unsuccessful, I was emotionally, intellectually and spiritually energized to the degree I haven’t been for quite some time.  Most importantly, to be inspired in this fashion just feels so good and empowering.

In my book, “My Life Is Not in Vein” (in progress), I speak about the Eight Senses, the last three simply being the extension of the first five physical senses.

  1. See (Eyes)
  2. Hear (Ears)
  3. Smell (Nose)
  4. Touch/Feel (Hands/Fingers)
  5. Taste (Mouth)
  6. Balance/Equilibrium (Body)
  7. Intuition/ESP (Mind)
  8. Faith (Soul)

Without question, the Eighth Sense is the most essential in your life.  Recognize it, Accept it, Develop it, Appreciate it, and Protect it.  Thought for the Day: Beauty emanates from the inside/out.

Each of us is born unto this world with an internal compass of sorts that helps us define who we are and where we are headed.  Follow your compass to humbly discover your essence and shine your light of Beauty and Magnificence to the world.  Be well.

The Doctors TV Series:

Carly’s Cafe:


About MW Cerkas

Compassion for People, Passion for Writing, Living my Conscience; "Look for the Good, Always" Positive, Creative, Seasoned Writer, Leader, Marketer, Authentic Spirit, Entrepreneur. Continuously seeking the GOOD in others and how to HELP them. Paying it Forward, Preparing for Eternity. Be well!

Posted on August 13, 2013, in Natural Beauty, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hey Mike,

    Great article. I just shared it with friends/family. Why do I have to login to WordPress to leave a comment on your site??? I’m not getting that??? Wondering if that keeps others from posting comments.

    Keep writing!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  2. Very inspiring Mike. We have family with an autistic child and it’s hard to grasp what they are going through. Carly must be a very brave young woman. Thanks for sharing.


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