I have a friend named Colin who’s four years old and he’s one of the most inspiring little guys I’ve ever met. He spent last week teaching me a few things…

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stop and appreciate the small things. Dirt. He loves dirt and I’ve never looked at dirt much until I met Colin but there is something beautiful about it. The colors, the patterns, the things you can do with it…draw, dig, sculpt and throw! The idea that tons of little pieces make up something greater, bigger and more amazing makes it even more appropriate.

 

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be brave. Going outside our comfort zones is hard and it’s something that Colin does daily. Colin has inspired me to do this more and be intentional about it. (I was able to watch Colin participate in the Special Olympics Little Feet Program…so brave that little guy)

“When’s the last time you did something for the first time?”

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just watch. We’re all doing a million things (at the same time) and thinking about the next 25 things on our to do list but sometimes even if it’s just for one minute (or second), it’s important to stop, be still and just watch. There’s something to be said for those small moments of peace and observation.

 

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To Colin: you don’t know it little guy but you’ve made such a difference in my world. Thank you for inspiring me to be grateful for the little things in my life, to be brave enough to go outside my comfort zone and to stop, be still and watch the world around me. You are an inspiration and I look forward to watching you grow up and take this world by storm.

 

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Thank you to Colin’s family for letting me be an extension of them last week. This month is National Autism Awareness Month and I wanted to spend time with Colin doing things that he liked to do and it was more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. I have a much deeper appreciation for children with special needs, the entire support system (teachers, aids, etc) and their families!

If you’re interested in learning more and or donating, please visit these sites:  Hanover Arc  and Autism Society of Central VA.

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