From : Kate Wilde:
It is a new year 2011. Here the air is fresh and crisp with the coldness of the winter months. To my friends in Australia many of you will feel the warmth of the summer sun upon your faces. Whatever the weather the new year is upon us, a time to reflect upon the creations we made in 2010 and how and what we want to create 2011.
Below are four simple actions you can take that will propel your Son-Rise Program with your Autistic child to the next level and deepen the amount of love and sweetness you experience in your 2011.
1. Commit to really loving yourself no matter what. Not just when you do something you hold in high esteem – but ALL the time.
2. Spend just 30 minutes once a week reading one of the following books, “Happiness Is A Choice” by Barry Neil Kaufman. “To Love Is To Be happy With.”, by Barry Neil Kaufman, “PowerDialogues” by Barry Neil Kaufman.
3. Wake each morning and read the following quote:
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you die; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
4. Call (413) 229 – 2100 and book a consultation package with one of our Son-Rise Program teachers.
Know that we are here for you this year – loving and supporting you and your beautiful children.
with much love to you
Thank you for your tremendous words of wisdom and reminder. We can certainly all use all of these!
I would, with tremendous and respect love as I write this, suggest also that you drop the adjective "autistic" when referring directly to our children. Our children as so much more than that labelling and somewhat limiting word (to the greater world) affords them. Perhaps "special children" or children on the autism spectrum would be better. Here, we have a "child first" policy and we attempt to enlighten with all the love in our hearts.
I also believe that my son has a series of underlying medical conditions that "caused" his symptoms — so, according to my beliefs, I would not label a child with cancer "cancerous" or the like.
My dear Kate, truly, the last thing I think about when I think of my child is my child as "autistic". Autistic symptoms are part of who he is, and I love him for them, but first and foremost he is an ingenious, loving, happy, intelligent, funny fellow who can read and write (although his is only just four), loves cuddles and tickles and can make anyone chuckle.
With tremendous love and gratitude,