It's not just about going through an open door. It's more about how we go through that open door and if we are willing to.
|Above: A joyful moment that one can embrace|
What does this picture mean to me? When I look at this picture, it tells me a few things. Even though he was dealing with a broken foot that was in pain, Ron Hunter celebrated a special moment where his son helped his team win the basketball game. This was overall a good moment and he embraced it. Georgia State making it to the NCAA Tournament was their open door, so to speak. What does one do when a door is opened for him or her? They just go through that open door.
It's not every day when something special happens in your life that really makes an impact, that makes you evaluate the good things that you do have going for you. There have been plenty of times in my life when I felt like the unpleasant things that were happening to me would just anchor me down and not let me celebrate the good things that come my way. I'm well acquainted with that feeling. However, when a good thing pops up in my life and it's something that I know will benefit me in the long run, I know enough not to shy away from it and neglect it.
|Open doors will be made available|
The point I want to make here is that no matter what kind of trouble you are experiencing in your life, as a person on the Autism Spectrum, there is always a way for you to step back and enjoy the good things that come to you. No matter where on the Autism Spectrum you are, if a door opens for you and you are well aware of it, just go through it. Who cares what your critics think? By going through that open door, you will be allowed to venture into things that could lead you to more open doors, more positive experiences that allow you to better yourself as a person.
Everything can be a learning experience if you let it. No matter what issues you have in life, whether it be a broken foot, a whooping cough, a lack of social skills or even cancer, if you can learn to just go through the pleasant open doors and take in the experiences that make your day a good day, then you will be better off for it. Appreciate the times you have with your family and friends. Appreciate the accomplishments you make. Appreciate all the times that you just smile and laugh, as long as it's in good humor.
I will leave my readers with this one last bit. It's part of Jim Valvano's speech at the ESPN 1993 ESPY Awards Show. This quote basically highlights what I just mentioned. Remember the open doors.
"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special. Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. I thank you and God bless you all." -Jim Valvano (Jimmy V)