Since March of last year, every week we have been honored to come into your lives to share insights and suggestions for getting through some of the most significant challenges 2020 brought to you.
Working with your families as you navigate the world of Autism and neurodiversity to give you some hope and support is is our absolute passion and we couldn’t do it without your support.
So thank you.
Thank you for listening to our lives, attending our parent hangouts, and sharing our messages with others. Thank you for reading our blog posts. And thank you for working with us to bring more opportunities to those with special abilities. And thank you for the beautiful work you do every day for your loved ones.
You inspire us.
Seneca said it’s the task of philosophy to disappoint us gently before life has a chance to do so harshly.
Without a doubt, life has harshly disappointed many this past year.
I think this year has – more than anything else – shown us more clearly all the things that we normally take for granted.
Whether it’s meeting up with friends for a drink, opening the doors for the public to come into our clinics, or dropping our kids off at school, we’ve now come to regard these things as the luxuries they’ve always been.
I don’t mean to make light of the situation; some have lost loved ones, some got very sick, and some people have lost their jobs.
Whatever your experience has been, I think it’s wise for us to consciously choose how we respond to a situation like this.
Do we let feelings of depression and deprivation rule our minds? Or will we choose to look at the things we do have and the miraculous ways in which we humans can adapt to changing circumstances?
Our evolution as a species is dependent on our ability to adapt.
Those who adopt don’t just survive but have the opportunity to thrive.
So yes, we’ve been forced to adapt this year, and alongside all the misery the coronavirus has caused, I’ve also seen the amazing things we’re capable of as humans when sheer necessity forces us to build creative solutions and find new ways to stay connected with each other.
Sure, the situation is bad and it’s not over, but throughout history, we have faced hardship, adapted, and built a better world.
I see the whole year of 2020 as an invitation:
Can we face all of this and rise?
Can we deal with these unwanted, unexpected challenges and come out more resilient?
Can we continue to practice gratitude for the "small things" when life goes back to normal?
So, as the year has now come to an end, I hope you will indulge me by joining me in this short moment of gratitude for everything we have and our miraculous ability to recover, adapt, and grow, both mentally and physically.
We thank you again for your loyal viewership and attention.
We will work hard to earn it again this year.
For now, we wish you tranquility, peace of mind, and a brilliant 2021.
Joy is originally from the Central Valley of California, where she was raised on a farm and discovered her love for growing things. As the mother of a blended family of 7 adults and the grandmother of 9, she's learned many lessons about supporting the growth of people.