My son and I had our first VERBAL disagreement last night…EVER! I didn’t recognize the enormity of discussion until reflecting upon my day last night. It was a very simple discussion:
My son stood in the doorway of the kitchen and said “Bedtime”
Me: “No hunny, it’s bathtime for you.”
My son: “No. Bedtime.”
Me: “No hunny. First bathtime, then bedtime.”
My son: “Bedtime”
Me: “Sweetheart, I’m glad you’re using your words, but first bathtime, then bedtime” and off we went for bathtime.
Very simple. Not a huge deal necessarily BUT this was a discussion between me and my amazing 6 year old son who has Autism, and up until at least 6 months ago, fell under the “non-verbal” classification. Not only was he initiating conversation, he was stating his preference and trying to convince me to follow through with his preference.
I don’t think I will ever be so happy as I was last night to “argue” with anyone…especially my son!
Of all the things I love about Twitter, one of the things I enjoy is reading the inspirational quotes that are aplenty each and every day.
Recent ones I’ve enjoyed are:
- “You are important!! You must believe this!! You were created from greatness…let your brilliance shine!” ~ @DrMommy
- “Focus on the people who show that they truly love and care about you. Forget about the ones that don’t.” ~ @SimpleLoveTweet
- “Self-care is preventative care. Take care of you now to ensure a healthy body, spirit and mind. Self-care is never selfish. It’s survival!” ~ @CafeSmom (for the record, I’m still working on this one!)
- “Don’t be afraid to believe that you can have what you want & have what you deserve.” ~ @TheNotebook
It only takes a minute or two to scan through tweets to find something that inspires me. Sometimes I make it my Facebook status for the day, sometimes I retweet it on Twitter, but either way, I want to share them so, I thought I would share one that @Rambling_Writer posted earlier this week. She posted a picture of the wallpaper she just put on her cell phone that reads:
I am beautiful
I am important
I am smart
I am enough
And can be viewed here… http://twitpic.com/5s2zn5.
It reminded me of the words I have told my kids every night since they were born, when tucking them into bed:
Good night sweetheart
I love you
Before I go to bed, I also read the Daily Essay from Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book: Simple Abundance – A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. It allows me a few minutes to myself, to calm my brain and refocus from the chaos of the day, which also allows me to sleep better.
So my question to you is, where do you find your words of wisdom and inspiration?