So I saw a video of one of my friends and his chocolate lab puppy. In the video, he was showing how the puppy had the patience to wait for my friend to say a certain command. It got me thinking about patience and how in the autism world, both us as aspies and the people that do life with us have to have patience. It can also pertain to people who are just living life. We all need patience.
In my mind, there are two types of patience: one we use for each other, and one we use when there is a process. Both are super important so I’m going to make this a two part series. The first part is going to be about the patience that we use with other people.
I have experienced the lack of this in society my whole life! That is, up until about four years ago. People tend to just write people like me off and give up, but four years ago I found my church family and they have shown me that there are still people out there that are patient and understanding. It is hard for us aspies to live in a world where people are not willing to take the extra patience to help us. We sometimes will watch as people with Down’s Syndrome are given more patience than what is given us… why? You can see their disability and ours is hidden. I digress, it doesn’t matter who it is… everyone needs patience. Especially us aspies, haha! It’s biblical.
In Ephesians Paul reminds us to be humble and gentle, be patient bearing one another in love.
Part two is coming soon!
Hannah Benson — known for her big heart, her kindness, and her eagerness to serve — is the author of the Overcoming Autism blog.
Hannah was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 14, and now uses this media platform as a way to reach out to those living with Autism and other handicaps. Hannah shares tips and coping skills for those with Autism and for family and friends of those who have been diagnosed; she also relates her life to stories in the Bible and chronicles the lessons she’s learned along her journey.
Hannah Benson can be found on Instagram @hannah_benson94 or on Facebook on the Overcoming Autism Hannah’s Story.