Making Sense of the World – Shine Your Light
Every 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 was 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.
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.”
Carly’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.
- See (Eyes)
- Hear (Ears)
- Smell (Nose)
- Touch/Feel (Hands/Fingers)
- Taste (Mouth)
- Balance/Equilibrium (Body)
- Intuition/ESP (Mind)
- 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:
- Seeing the world through the lens of autism (holykaw.alltop.com)
- How a girl with Autism expresses unimaginable intelligence | Autism Parenting Magazine (pattidudek.typepad.com)
- Non-Verbal Girl with Autism Accepted to University…What she said about proving her teachers wrong! (thecfydiaries.wordpress.com)
- Inside Autism, Carly’s Story (endlesslightandlove.com)
- Special Learning, Inc. Establishes New Affiliate Store Program to Give Back to Bloggers in the Autism and Special Needs Community (prweb.com)
Posted on August 13, 2013, in Natural Beauty, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged Autism, Carly, Carly's Voice, Communicate, Facebook, Faith, God, Senses, The Doctors. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.