Gratitude for Differences and Acceptance 15

Mejiro

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Today I am grateful for Katherine who shared this wonderful photo of her Merjiro, aka Japanese White-eye, with me and gave me permission to use it. The white around his eye gives him his name and makes him unique like many people.

Thank you to those of you who take the time to get to know and truly work to understand and accept children and adults with differences.  The support you give is greatly appreciated.  Hopefully in the future others will follow your example.  Blessings to all of you for all you do!  God willing hopefully one day in the future we will see an end to bullying of all types.    

There have always been people with differences and without them we would not have music, movies, books, cell phones, laptops, iPads, iPods, or so many other delightful things most of us enjoy.  The next time you meet someone who appears unconventional please take the time to see what wonderful insights that unique person has to offer.   

Grateful and Excited 18

Delightfully Different Book CoveToday I got an e-mail that made my day!  It was from the Recognition Programs Coordinator at iUniverse.  Here is a direct quote, “Congratulations Barnes and Noble has purchased six  paperback copies of your book to carry in their stores!”  The amount ordered is small, but I know authors who have worked hard to get in book stores and still haven’t made it yet; therefore, this author is thrilled.

I am grateful to everyone who went to Barnes and Noble to order the book and to those who told others to do the same.  I am also grateful to the iUniverse sales force for presenting my book to Barnes and Noble.

Next steps:

Call the local printer to get PDF of book event signs printed and ready to go.

Call the manager of my local Barnes and Noble to arrange a meeting and hopefully a book signing.

Finally, there is abundant hope especially if I can arrange to have a book signing by April for Autism Awareness month.

Please Unite in the Aftermath of Arizona Shooting 12

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My hope is that our country will come together over this tragedy and maybe learn something about how words might influence people in a negative way. It would be nice if “the powers that be,” be they political leaders, journalist, or just commentators, would learn to set a better example and stop trying to bully each other.

How can we hope to get our children to stop bullying each other when so many adults speak and post without thinking of the consequences of their words? Did the politicians pull the trigger in Arizona? No, they did not, but do they need to learn the same lessons that our youth need to learn? Yes, they do. They need to learn kindness, respect, and tolerance of differences just like we want our children to learn.

I would love to see our country united instead of being so angry that we divide. Anger is a scary emotion that ultimately causes more harm unless it is redirected toward positive change. Look at the history of the world including more recent history in countries such as Rwanda and you’ll see the devastation that anger causes. Please let’s learn something from the bad examples instead of perpetuating them.

See the blog post below for a wonderful take on this:

Try Defying Gravity

I’m sending love and prayers to the victims of Saturday’s shooting and to their families. I hope and pray the adults in our country grow up and learn to set better examples. Leaders lead by example too! Is there hope for our country? I hope so and I honestly do have faith that there are more good people than bad, so let me know what you think.

Oh one more thing, a blogger over at Blog Her was among the victims, who thankfully survived the shooting, but please send her good wishes at the blog below:

The Burrow: Tough

Mahalo,

Sue

I’m Posting Every Week in 2011! 6

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I’ve decided I want to make a bigger commitment to my blog in 2011.  Rather than just thinking about doing it, I am joining the WordPress.com “Post a Day in 2011” challenge as motivation.  They included an option to post once a week, so this is what I am agreeing to do.  Autism spectrum, bully prevention, and the importance of tolerance and forgiveness will still be the main focus of this blog. Therefore, I plan to post at least twice a week on my core topics as well.

I’m promising to make use of The Daily Post, and the community of other bloggers to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can. Switching gears once a week might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful.  It might also give my audience more insights about me.  I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Mahalo,

D. S. Walker