By: Karen Gregoire
Here are some words that might come to mind when people are asked to define the word VALUE:
Usefulness – Importance – Worth,
But maybe it’s time for society to alter their perspective and perceptions and define VALUE with words such as:
Appreciate – Respect – Cherish.
Which has more value to you, a $100 bill or a $1 bill? Most people would answer a $100 bill. However, if you broaden your perspective and look for the value in everything, you’ll see that the $1.00 can be just as valuable. Josh values “ones” since they have significant meaning in his life. They’re a necessity in order to play his favorite card game, Scat. Certainly one dollar bills can be accumulated and become hundreds, so who’s to say which point of view is the right one? I’d suggest they both
should be valued no matter how vast their differences.
happy in their simplicity, perhaps a pet, for example? I wonder if most would answer that accumulating expensive possessions has more value. Josh values his swing and his collection of Celtic Thunder music on his IPod. He values his 200 decks of cards and his Mardi Gras beads.
He values his Full House DVD collection. Who’s to say which possessions have more value? It’s all in the way we choose to look at things.
vigilant advocates, not only for what our loved ones need to help them make their dreams come true, but also by continuing to educate society about how valuable our loved ones can be to our world.
It is vital that we ask people to broaden their perspective and perceptions to include VALUING ALL PEOPLE for their contributions to the world we live in. Even more importantly, it is imperative that we teach our loved ones that they deserve to be valued, remembering to always show them the respect they deserve by valuing their personal opinions and feelings.
When we, as a society, broaden our perspectives and widen the path of our perceptions to value all people for who they are, we all surely help individuals with I/DD to be victorious in their pursuit of happiness.
I never knew how important it was to value such simple yet powerful things in my life, until Josh came along nearly 19 years ago.
them, credit them, appreciate them, treasure them, love them, and VALUE them!
Josh certainly has changed my perspective! Has he changed yours?
the world." - Dr. Paul Farmer