An Asperger perspective – curated by the Spectrum Scribe
15 May 2013 2 Comments
11 May 2013 11 Comments
I see Beauty everywhere.
But what I experience as Beauty extends far beyond the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
I see Beauty in compassion and kindness.
I see Beauty in the dignity and grace with which so many people meet the challenges of their lives.
I see Beauty in those whose achievements extend so far beyond what I imagine to be their grasp!
I see Beauty in humor.
I see Beauty in poetry and prose.
I see Beauty in intellect.
There is a common emotional quality to how I experience these aspects of Beauty.
I watched Sherlock Holmes – Game of Shadows over the weekend, for the first time! (don’t ask)
In one scene the film Director gives the audience a glimpse of Holmes’ attention to detail at social settings.
Holmes then elaborates with: ‘It is my curse’
I then whispered (to my wife’s further shock) ‘and my blessing and my gift’
So yes, I see Beauty in my Autism, albeit a gift that comes at quite a high price, to me and to my family.
Spectacular creatures and colors can be found in some of the the deepest parts of the oceans.
I was once given the explanation that this is because God/the Creator/The Universe/The IS (fill in the blank) loves Beauty!
Hyper-focus, attention to detail and a fascination with the physical world are hallmark traits of Asperger’s Syndrome.
But these are precisely the qualities that allow me to continuously experience the incredible Beauty of the World around me, with the fascination of a child!
My hyper-focus, attention to detail, awe and wonderment with our incredible planet/Universe and my social-anthropologist persona can be summarized with:
Life in every breath
and I am left wondering that if God/The Creator (fill in the blank) really does love Beauty so much…..
Maybe, just maybe, Autistic people are a little closer to God than we realize.
Beauty all around – Life in every breath
11 May 2013 3 Comments
According to Dr. Russell Barkley, as many as 60% of Autistic people have ADHD.
I am one of them.
This set of short video clips, captures the essence of my experience of ADHD.
If you have been touched by ADHD in any way, I hope you find this post helpful.