Last Thursday evening while driving Special Olympics athlete Kenny Patton home from a sponsor recognition dinner, I became a greater fan of acceptance. Webster’s defintion of the word accept is “to give approval to – to receive willingly something offered.”
With about fifteen miles to go, Kenny and I decided to listen to the radio. A rock and roll song from the 1980’s came on, and Kenny started to sing. He knew all the words and as it turned out, so did I. Without hesitation, the solo quickly became a duet.
I can’t remember the last time I felt so uninhibited. Singing at the top of my lungs with Kenny gave me a feeling deep within that took awhile to identify. You see, I can’t sing worth a hoot and yet I felt perfectly comfortable knowing that Kenny not only accepted the noise I was making – he happily received and approved of my participation. He happily received and approved of ME, which allowed both of us to fully enjoy the moment.
The Kennys of the world not only offer the gift of acceptance, but by their example, they remind us the importance of sharing it. If we would only follow their lead – more hearts would sing.