I loved the story and the lesson it gives. People, like our lives, are not perfect. It doesn’t seem to matter how much we try, there are days when things just don’t go right! It’s when we can look past, not only our own faults and shortcomings, but those of others, who, like ourselves, are also not perfect!
We all struggle in different areas. It’s in this place we can celebrate our differences, because someone else’s weakness, is another’s strength. It keeps things balanced, proving that we are all human and occasionally “we burn the biscuits!” It takes some effort from time to time to look past the “imperfections” of others. That, too, proves we are human! But meaningful, lasting, relationships are forged in finding the best in those around us.
Besides our “lives” filled with daily imperfections, there are those around us with special needs, who are considered “imperfect” by the general population. These special needs can be dyslexia, to ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, asthma, or Muscular Dystrophy, to dozens more. Each of these special people, seem to some, to be a “burned biscuit.” They are “left on the plate,” or pushed aside for others, who seem perfect and balanced. Very often, it’s these very special people, who have the biggest heart and the ability to show us different or “less than the accepted perfect” is just what the world needs.
Sadly, some people have a difficult time looking past these “special” people. Recently in a department store, one young woman became impatient with a young man in a wheel chair, with crippled hands doing his job of greeting and placing the required stickers on returns. He could completely do the required task, but he took a bit longer than she or someone without a “special need” might have. She shook her head and walked away.
Rather than excluding, rejecting or looking at a person with a special need as less than perfect, I encourage you to reach out, look beyond the “burned biscuit factor” and see them as a unique individual who has much to offer. You will be amazed at the genuine affection, kindness and compassion with which you will be blessed.