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Our Mission: Light

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Jul 14 2014

Welcome to the Wise Owl Blog, a place for all of us to share inspiration, hope, and practical advice on how to help children with special needs. It’s our aim to become another flicker of light in a collective fire that burns solely to help our children become all they were meant to become.

In other words, we’re on a mission. A shared mission. Yours. Mine. All of ours.

The Wise Owl is written by parents, educators, and therapists for parents, educators, and therapists, or anyone who seeks more opportunity for children. It is a bi-monthly collection of tips, resources, photos, interviews, videos, musings, and thoughts on how we can empower the child with special needs, all while improving and growing our own lives.

It is our fundamental belief that you can’t do one without the other.

Raising healthy children is a complex and serious business, but this blog is not meant to be heavy. There is enough of that already. It’s meant to be light, not in substance, but in the approach to the weighty burdens many of us carry on our shoulders.

In the same way you can’t move with a chain of weight around your shoulders, you can’t move with weight on your mind, or in your heart, at least not in the nimble way it takes to effect real change. Burdensome weight keeps us from soaring. It fills us with doubt. Worry. Fear.  Weight also keeps us locked in the status quo and far from discovering our true potential.

It is our hope that through a collective effort we can lighten each other’s load. Not take on. Not live. But, ease.

In that spirit, we hope you will share your own stories and experiences with us, helping to light the way for others. Whether you’re a parent, an educator or a therapist, we welcome blog posts, video’s, photographs, insights, tips and suggestions on how we can all live a fuller life in service of our children.

The lightness we seek is both philosophical and practical, one that offers a shift in perspective and a fresh and inspiring approach to the challenges we face.

At the Wise Owl we believe in a lightness that unapologetically believes in possibility, hope, and joy, not in the abstract, but as the very lifeblood of what it means to be a human being.

If this sounds too pie-in-the sky…good. That’s what we wanted. After all, the transformative power of change begins in the clouds. 

But make no mistake about it. No one will ever deny how undeniably difficult and emotionally draining life for a parent of a special needs child may be, or how challenging it is for the educators and therapists who help along the way.

But, within those obstacles, there is choice. Liberating, powerful choice.

We can stay buried beneath the struggle, define ourselves by the obstacles we face, and live within the limiting truths that others believe. Or we can shift our perspective, and begin to create our own realities. It takes courage, persistence, and an unwavering spirit. But, it can be done.

Our hope is to do it together, and for each other. As the old saying goes, “We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.”

We hope you will bookmark this page, sign up for our mailing list and, if you really want to know what we believe, download our “Triumphant Child Manifesto” here. Most importantly, we hope you will join us with your own candle, as we collectively strive to live better and richer lives.

Welcome to the journey.  

If you’d like to contribute to The Wise Owl, click here for guidelines.