A New View of Freedom
By Kathy Guisewite ~July, 2013 ~
This is Cary. I have the honor of visiting with her each week. As an Early Intervention Professional, I’m supposed to offer her family encouragement and wisdom and playful suggestions as to how we can all best support Cary’s development. And I do this with great cheer and devotion!! But what actually happens each week is that Cary offers me encouragement and wisdom and playful suggestions as to how I can live fully and freely in this life.
Cary tells me with every visit that the best way to defeat the tyrants in the world is by way of laughter and noisy raspberries.
She reminds me that music is always the best medicine when you are sad or grumpy.
She also reminds me that music is always the added joy on happy, carefree days.
Cary says that when the battles are tough, it’s time to put on the attitude of “just try and stop me” and press forward no matter how many times you get knocked down.
Cary says if you really want to make a difference in the world then be who you are as best you can.
Cary says the best way to evoke change for good is to be happy and help others to find their own happiness.
When I think of freedom and what that means to Cary, I think it means being loved. She doesn’t seem to whine about what she doesn’t have. She doesn’t notice the differences in her world and mine… she just embraces what is and loves the gifts given.
Freedom means so much to so many, and we are all grateful to live in a nation where we are free to pray and love and explore and grow as we feel individually led. But Cary teaches me that freedom is also a way of thinking and living no matter what life tosses at you. Cary helps me understand that freedom is a gift of the heart and the spirit… bound only by the walls our small minds erect.
As Cary finds and loves her own freedoms, I realize that even in times of dismay… in my own home or in the wider world… we can each add to the hopes of freedom by living like Cary. Don’t take no for an answer. Don’t live smaller than your spirit. Remember that your joy is a source of goodness in the world. And when all else fails, seek the light, the beautiful light that fills us with hope for each new day.
I love you, Cary. Thanks for helping me to remember to live free.
Amy Fields is a mother to two special needs children. You can follow her blog on Many Kinds of Families.