How do other people keep up with their passwords?  I have so many and none of them really are vital but there is always the concern that something will get through the net and cause problems that will take hours to resolve.

In our society, we all face dangers and concerns that were unknown to our parents.  However, our parents faced dangers and concerns that were also unknown to their parents. 

Yet, while my mother didn’t have to worry about identity theft, she did survive a depression, a world war and the Korean Conflict.  My first home was larger than the home my parents owned when I married. 

Whether it’s struggles or danger, it’s easy to look at everything only from our own warped perspective.  It’s easy to believe that you are the one who is being victimized. 

Often, when the Special Gathering choir sings or a first-time visitor comes to our program, people are impressed by how much our members enjoy life even though they live with what should be a debilitating disability.  Their courage in the face of the drawbacks they face can be overwhelming.  Of course, when you get to know our members better, you understand that they can be just as cowardly and aggravating than anyone else.  However, I have learn some important principles from them.  Here are a few:

  1. Everyone has something to overcome.  Each person has a distraction that could ruin his or her life.  It’s up to you whether you allow it to destroy or strengthen you.
  2. The most courageous folks don’t always have the most perfect bodies.
  3. Happiness is a choice.
  4. Your relationship with the Lord, doesn’t depend on your IQ.
  5. Wisdom doesn’t depend on IQ.
  6. Abilities often have more to do with CAN DO than IQ.
  7. By and large, the mentally challenged community desires to go to work for a living.  This has taught me that work has great value in life, much more than I ever realized.
  8. From our non-reading members, I’ve seen that reading is a wonderful gift that should never be neglected.   Much of the Judeo-Christian culture has been built on study and reading of the BOOK.

Of course, there are so many others.  What are some of the things you have learned from your members?