Hi there! Long time no see!
It’s not because I haven’t wanted to stop in. But I’ve been feeling shy lately. And I’d fallen into the comparison trap – not a good place to be. There are so many interesting people out there and fabulous blogs showcasing their brilliant ideas and fascinating lives.
It’s hard to feel like a blog isn’t wasted on me.
Enough of feeling inferior! Yes, I’m a nobody with nothing interesting to say but I enjoy sharing my inane thoughts and ideas here. And it’s not like I’m forcing anyone to waste their time here. So why not?
…One of the arguments we often use for not writing is this: “I have nothing original to say. Whatever I might say, someone else has already said it, and better than I will ever be able to.” This, however, is not a good argument for not writing. Each human person is unique and original, and nobody has lived what we have lived. Furthermore, what we have lived, we have lived not just for ourselves but for others as well. Writing can be a very creative and invigorating way to make our lives available to ourselves and to others.
We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told. We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them.
~ Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith
I had first read these words on the late Barbara Curtis’s blog, Mommylife. I really enjoyed Barbara’s blog. I didn’t always agree with what she wrote but I admired her willingness to be transparent, to share her mistakes as well as her triumphs. Most of all, I admired her servant’s heart in writing. She wanted her words to help others, and that’s what I want to do too.
It may be that our story will serve as simply a warning to others. “Look, here’s how we’ve failed! Don’t do what we just did or you’ll end up failing too!”
But, you know, there’s value in sharing our failures too.
So, my hope is to post here much more than I have been in the past. Most of what I write will centre on our experiences and what we’ve learned about autism, parenting, teaching and life in general. I hope that it will be useful as well as interesting to read.
And if you see me making a boneheaded mistake, for the love of all things holy, please let me know! I need all the help I can get!