Today while walking through the woods, I met a little boy with his nanny.
He was different … and as some might judge, disabled. Yet I did not see him in that way because he had the ability to deeply connect with eye contact with myself and with my standard poodle Teddy; more so than most adults that I have known.
He was a truly a social boy … fully engaging with my dog and with myself … we had a spirit-filled interaction together in the middle of the trail … and the deepest connection took place, all without one word.
We do not need words to know one another, to see each other, to feel. We do not need words. We simply need to slow down and to listen, and to let others … be.
This little boy was completely nonverbal, yet he and I had no problem at all communicating. Also, as soon as my dog Teddy could see what was happening, Teddy sat down to allow the boy to connect in his own way. The boy was gentle with Teddy, and Teddy knew exactly what to do, to just sit calmly, and to be … and to let the boy check him out in his own way. Teddy and the boy had their own language … all without one word. Teddy didn’t need the boy to speak words. Again, no words were needed.
The nanny told me that the boy was “undiagnosed” … I know what that means, but really, philosophically, what did that mean? What does that mean? What if he didn’t need a diagnosis? What if we need those only to help ourselves?
I didn’t need a diagnosis. Teddy didn’t need to know his diagnosis.
Are diagnoses constructed to make US more comfortable?
What IF instead, you just connect? What if it were that simple?
I know that much of the world is not there yet … but some people are.
Are you one?