Thursday, January 30, 2014

All I Want is a Happy Child

Karni Liddell was diagnosed as a child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She has gone on to establish herself as one of Australia's most successful and well respected swimmers. At TEDxSouthBankWomen she challenged the audience to think beyond having a 'healthy baby'.  Here is a video of a her presentation:

Does two arms and two legs automatically equate to being happy? Successful?  Does 10 fingers and 10 toes guarantee you joy and prosperity, even health?  We know the answer to that question is "no"...  So, then, why is it okay to automatically assume that disability is lesser than?
I know I was guilty of saying, "All I want is for my child to be healthy," when I was pregnant. Now that I am the mother of two children and one of which has various medical conditions, I see the brilliance of saying, "All I want is for my child to be happy." Ultimately, isn't that the goal?

So often, health is out of our control. However, hope and happiness can always be within reach. Karni sums it up beautifully when she says, "Hope is the most powerful gift, the most powerful ingredient you can ever add to a person's life."

Rachel H is trying to be happy despite the nasty cold one of her darling children shared with her.

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