“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” – Virginia Satir
While 2012 quickly draws to a close I’ve taken a little time to reflect on my year and how it was progressed and I can’t help but feel pride in the way my family has learned to work together and press forward.
I know to some it seems redundant to bring these successes to light again and maybe it may even be viewed as boastful but to me it seems so crucial to take the time to pat backs and offer congratulations on a good year of happy family life and evolution.
Families require balance in order to live in cohesion successfully. At times, the ASD family has a hard time finding the balance and the ebb and flow of Autism is unpredictable, just as life is. The challenge always is to keep your heart and mind open, to listen to your instincts and to your childs actions and words and make the best decision for him or her. For you. For your family.
Judgement will always be offered, at times even by yourself. Try to ignore it.
Instead, listen to your heart and when you see joy and happiness in your child know that you have found balance.
A family is never what you dream it may be when you are without one but it does become something so much more than you can dream for.
As we enter 2013 may I offer you my wish that you dream big and live strong in a family full of love and support. May you embrace your life for all the joys it contains and see potential in all that surrounds you.