As most of you who are reading this know, a good number of our State Senators and Legislators are talking about Special Olympics New Mexico right now. Yesterday, I spent the day at the Round House, meeting those men and women who represent our State Government. I want to share with you how much more today I appreciate what they do. Yesterday, our government officials were more than willing to talk with us. They were attentive to why we were there, and they were engaged.
As far as what we have gone through since the elimination of our contract with the Department of Health – I was reminded of something while reading the Book of James this morning. It starts out “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance …” Instead of the word endurance, some versions use the word patience, perseverance, or steadfastness.
In my opinion, we have endured through this trial, and as far as counting it as “JOY” – well, we certainly have learned a great deal from it. Literally thousands of people in our state are now more aware of the depth of our work and the athletes we serve. And, as far as our elected officials are concerned, I am hoping they recognize our work as relevant and vital to the communities they represent. Our organization has learned where our strengths lie, how many more people are impacted by what we do, and how important it is to articulate our work in a different way to different audiences. For all of those things – I am counting it joy.