As life gets back to somewhat normal

a child with autism  using an adaptive communication  device
As life gets back into a somewhat normal routine, I am finding myself kind of missing the daysfilled with nothing. In the beginning of the pandemic, I was a bit lost and found myself missingthe hustle and bustle of the week, but as time went on I learned to embrace the quiet.
June 4, 2021
“Whether you COLOR the world or light it up blue....you are making a difference, so keep being
you!” - Dr Seuss

As life gets back into a somewhat normal routine, I am finding myself kind of missing the days filled with nothing. In the beginning of the pandemic, I was a bit lost and found myself missing the hustle and bustle of the week, but as time went on I learned to embrace the quiet. I learned to listen more and observe more of what was around me. I got back to working out daily, spending time in the woods and on lakes and rivers, hiking, and listening.

Most people don’t like quiet and silence. They find it very uncomfortable and try to fill that silence with noise. The motivation is usually out of fear of their own thoughts. Silence and quiet can also create a sense of anxiety and anticipation of what is going to happen next.

I took some time the other day to just sit next to one of my clients and listen. What I heard was an incredible imagination and a plethora of words that I didn’t even know she knew. As a non verbal autistic child she doesn’t reciprocate conversation very much or answer questions that we ask. And I am quickly beginning to believe that may be somewhat by choice. She doesn’t feel the need to “perform” for me. I have begun to teach her how she learns vs how conventional society taught us how it should be. I am quieter. I will start an activity without direction and she will follow and completely blow my mind with how much more she does on her own. The patterns and movements she creates are so interesting, her language is extensive, and her thought process is amazing to watch. I walked in quietly the other morning and got my first direct eye contact and kiss on the hand. I bent down at her level and got a hug around the neck and a kiss on my forehead. As I sat there almost in tears and in awe of this beautiful mind, she ran away, back to doing what it was she was doing before I walked in, back to her routine and her world in which we are all the lucky guests!

Keep being you!