One day, I wrote a post called The Land of Empathy and Wonder, wondering how my little boy sees the world. In marveling at the beauty in which he looks at life, I declared that I want to live in Our Land – a place where empathy and wonder rule. Where quirks and differences are celebrated and everybody is appreciated for his own uniqueness.
This land exists. It exists right now in some of you, if only ideally. We, my friends, have the power to transform our worlds, our ideal places, and our homes into The Land of Empathy and Wonder.
It starts with you. With me. With our children. With how we choose to spend the next five minutes. With being able, tomorrow, when we’re stressed out and overwhelmed and busy and annoyed, to be able to take a moment to NOT look away. To try and make eye contact with the boy who makes you uncomfortable. To say hi and to give his tired mom a smile. Read more…
Because you responded with such enthusiasm and support, I realized that there’s a whole world of us out there who also crave Our Land, and it became a series. Each week, I feature a different voice chosen specifically to make us think, wonder, and appreciate differing viewpoints and abilities.
The following new community is what has transpired. I’m honored and humbled that Our Land has grown in ways I’d never have imagined. Although this began as a special needs series, it’s morphed to include all Our Land supporters – from autism to cerebral palsy to body image to sensory processing to our education system. This has become a place where the dreamers among us have gathered to create acceptance. Join us?
Here is Our Land…post by post (most recent first). And thank you.
Would you like to submit an Our Land post? Email me (form on left – black box pop-up thing).