Monday, March 12, 2012

"Love alone"

LittleMamma took me back to the beginning of my story recently – thank you, lovely lady! – when she commented on an old post.

A wise man, Thomas Kempis once said,

“Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth. It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all bitterness sweet and acceptable.” 

There are moments in our lives when we might feel overwhelmed and unsupported, when the “grass is greener on the other side”, when we feel as though we can’t go on. But we do go on, taking each day as it comes, spurred on by the love we have for our children and the love they show us in return. If we are lucky we are supported by family and friends, accepting help in any which way that it is offered – a listening ear over coffee perhaps, an hour of babysitting, a thoughtful comment on a post, or even a bunch of colourful, springtime flowers. Love can come in many guises, from different sources but each can brighten our day and lighten our burden. Sometimes it can come as a surprise, but sometimes we need to ask… 

As a group of people, parents of children with special needs, we sometimes need to ask for a little love, a little help to get us through the day or night, or even over a longer period of time. We need to be brave, be kind to ourselves and ask for help if we need to; feel the love, because we are worthy and deserving, and our days will be a little brighter. 

A little help, a little love, a little can, on rough days, lighten every burden…
So reach out to someone,
Reach out today

This post was written as the introduction to the Special Needs Showcase released every Monday at Love All Blogs - the Showcase is always an excellent read, so please head on over and have a read.

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