Saturday, March 01, 2008

What Dreams May Come

I was watching Larry King the other not the John Stewart one (although that was a pretty good one), where he was focusing on Autism. Autism and other mental handicaps are things that are close to my heart. My wife used to work with a sweet autistic kid while getting her Psych undergrad degree. In my own life, my mom worked for a time with The Arc (Formerly A.R.C.), and I also enjoyed volunteering each year for the Special Olympics. I have also volunteered at different schools and facilities that work with such disabilities. This is one group of people that my heart goes out to! I say that, not because I feel bad for the condition they were born into, but more so because they continually teach me more and more about life, hope, love, and ultimately, God.

Here's an example of a young guy with Autism who has one heck of a story to tell for the rest of his life.

And he is telling his story! He's met with President Bush, has been on ESPN, Larry King, and now has a book with his story published!!!

It is so great to see these kind of stories...they warm my heart....bring tears to my eyes, and allow me to thank God for the blessings in my own life that I overlook because I was born healthy and wealthy (meaning born in the wealthiest country in the world, and living above the poverty line... not that I have an abundance, but compared to a lot of people in this world I do live in abundance!!!!). It reminds me that I shouldn't take my life for granted. And it reminds me of the connection I have with all human-beings as God's creation!


  1. man, that was great. that was great.

    lots of lessons there:

    pass the ball to someone who needs it, not necessarily who you think is gonna score. they might surprise you.

    when the ball comes to you - shoot it. what have you go to lose?

    don't forget to check in before you step into the game. :)

    give people a chance. if they fail, give them another.

    in the end, you may find that someone's shot means more to you than it does to them.

    give everyone a chance to play. let everybody make the team.

    it ain't all about the final score.

    little moments often make winners out of everybody.

    i could go on... but you get the idea.

    that was great.

    mike rucker
    fairburn, ga

  2. Well said my friend, well said!!