The concept of appreciating what I have instead of wanting things I cannot or do not have is something I strive for and teach my children every day. Focusing on what we can do, not on what we have not yet achieved — especially with children with special needs — keeps us all focused on the positive aspects of our lives. I know too many who dwell on what their children with Down syndrome “will never do” (not sure how they know that)… And they have become worried and unhappy over these abstract things, losing sight of the wondrous accomplishments life presents to them everyday.
I choose to celebrate… our abilities, our lives, our world. So here’s to:
 Sunshine — More than rain.
 Faith — Because things could be worse; and I know things WILL get better.
 New Acquaintances — I find every one I meet has something positive to offer.
 Family & Friends — No one understands me better than those who know me best. There’s great comfort in not having to explain myself.
 Forgiveness — Giving and receiving allows me to start each day with a clean slate.
Think positive. Think forward. And BELIEVE!