team NM athletesLast week I had the pleasure of attending the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey.  I loved being there because first of all – my sole responsiblity was cheering for Team New Mexico – and secondly – the Games were incredible!  Congratulations, New Jersey and thank you athletes.

I came back home thinking a lot about what it is like being with our athletes for more than just a few hours. I listened to our coaches and staff tell stories and concluded that because of who and how our athletes are – the things they do and say – everything in us becomes an overflow of being with them.  If we are open to receiving, people with intellectual disabilities give us a deeper sense of gratitude – a greater sense of humility – an authentic happiness – and a truer spirit of celebration – all which spill out of us onto anyone in our path.  It’s such a good thing that happens to them and so beneficial to us, it makes me wonder why in everyday life we just can’t find ways to include them – more.

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