Saturday, September 30, 2006

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Nelson Mandela

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Everyone Loves a Parade

On Labor Day (Sept 4), we went to the Newtown Labor Day Parade. There is also a Newtown Labor Day Road Race. Next year I plan to run.

The Labor Day Parade was great - we all had a blast. It felt like a small town parade. We had a tough time getting David to come to the parade. Rachel's great idea was for him to wear computer headphones (he is sensitive to loud parade sounds). David wore his headphones and we finally made our way to the parade site. Ya know, there were a lot of loud noises - drums, trumpets, gun fire, trucks - but David was really great. I covered his ears when I sensed a very loud sound (fireworks).

David - every day and every moment you surprise me. You make me proud to be your father.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

David likes trains. David loves Thomas the Tank Engine. We went to a friend's house on Labor Day Weekend. All the kids played outside, David stayed inside with the Thomas Train set. He does play, but doesnt do well with others impeding on his train time.

We were blessed with our friend Lisa Cap, who understood and helped the other kids recognize and respect David. We also gained some wisdom from her on maybe reversing his train obsession - giving him train time every day. We will try it, monitor it and hope for the best. As Drew Cap would say - "Day by day, Agape"

True and lifelong friends are a gift from God.