March 1, 2012
Each day, medically fragile children face a variety of challenges. I imagine some of these challenges would bring adults to tears or make some people want to give up. Yet children seem to have an amazing ability to see the world from a different perspective – one that comes from the heart and finds the bright spot in any situation.
I believe that very special quality is evident in the smiles of the Epic children throughout our website. Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most inspiring child based on stories that had been submitted. Below are two of the winning stories that exemplify the unbelievably positive outlook so many children possess. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.
- On my way home one day, I stopped to watch a Little League baseball game that was being played in a park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the first-base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was. “We’re behind 14 to nothing,” he answered with a smile. “Really,” I said. “I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.” “Discouraged,” the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face … “Why should we be discouraged? We haven’t been up to bat yet.”
- Whenever I’m disappointed with my spot in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott. Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. His mother told me that he’d set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen. On the day the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement. “Guess what, Mom,” he shouted, and then said those words that remain a lesson to me, “I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer.”