Teams and Opportunities


My boy is more than his autism. He is an opportunity. I have learned from watching how other people come to him that he is an opportunity to stretch their comfort zone when it comes to behavior they expect.

There is at least one boy on the team who doesn’t like him. He finds some of his mannerisms annoying and abrupt. I watch, and largely let the coaches deal with it and  I try to tamp down my visceral dislike for anyone being mean to one of my kids and think of how they could both come out of their interaction together improved. Because I’m positive that this won’t be the last time we see this.

At the heart of it, my boy is an opportunity for real leadership. It’s all about team and how you lift each other up. Leadership is how you come to the least qualified at times and hold out your hand to bring them to the next level. Leadership is useless if the playing field is level. And it never is, that’s why we get to cheer.

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  1. Rhonda

    You have always been wise beyond your years my friend!

    November 14th, 2010

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