“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather recognising and appreciating what we do have”
– ‘Frederick Keonig’
Sometimes, tragic events make you realise this often forgotten fact. Today I was asked to become involved with a steering party to bring what we have learned as parents of a son with complex needs, to a group working with our local authority to develop a support structure for those young adults with additional and complex needs. It appears that what we have, and how we approach various challenges has gathered interest.
As news also developed today of 22 lives being lost in Manchester through terrorist actions – many of them young people – and another 59 retained in hospital, I had to consider how fortunate we are and that our son will awaken tomorrow morning and look into our eyes, unlike some parents who will never look into their children’s eyes again.
We pray for those who have lost their lives, or have been hurt, and their families, and give thanks for what we have.