"Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to 2013. Sometimes we learn things from our kids, and sometimes they do things that inadvertently send us subliminal or not-so-subliminal messages. Recently our five-year-old son, who has autism, has become obsessed with digital clocks, and in particular with trying to literally turn back time. The clock may change from 9:31 to 9:32, and he will say “thirty-one!” and change it back to 9:31. This sometimes will go on for a while, off and on, and as a result I may walk into our bedroom, and the clock may tell me it’s 10:15 even though it’s really 11:20.
We all joke about wanting to turn back time, and on how time flies, blah blah blah. But we also accept that we cannot stop time from whizzing by. What our son taught me is that while that may be true, it doesn’t mean we can’t try, or throw a Hail Mary every once in a while. Breaking the rules or trying to bend them or somehow trying to alter what we typically accept as set in stone is usually futile, but may someday be exhilarating if we keep at it.
Where am I going with this? My son’s message to me, though probably not intentional, is that anything is possible—you just have to try. There is nothing wrong with asking, “What if?” (and nothing wrong with having an extremely active imagination, either). That’s also how some of the greatest music has been created. "
Happy New Year all!!! Looking forward to a year of growth, celebration and being present in the moment.