Monday, March 3, 2014

Dysfunction or Excellence



The Asperger's traits addressed in this post include:
*Sensitivity to sensory input
*Honesty and bluntness

Now, what if we Aspies and those who help us didn't talk about "sensory defensiveness" or "sensory integration dysfunction" or "sensory processing disorder"?

What if instead, we called our so-called "problems" - a keen sense of hearing; a sharp ability to see, an acute sense of touch, and a sensitive sense of smell?

What if, instead of calling ourselves "picky eaters" (because that's what our moms called us), we referred to ourselves as connoisseurs?

Wouldn't you rather rejoice in your skills than try desperately to "fix" them?

And why not call it a passion, instead of an obsession?

To follow up with this unique idea (all mine), Please read an example of my keen sense of hearing:

"Background Noises"

The box fan whirred.
The ceiling fan spun.
A zipper buzzed as he closed the book-bag.
The belt buckles clinked.
The metal doorknob snapped shut.
The linoleum creaked as she strode across the kitchen.
He pulled at the car's door handle, and it opened with a soft, responsive sound.
He got in, slammed the door, and hit the lock button.
He slid his seat belt across his chest and clicked it into place.
Then he turned the key in ignition and let off the emergency brake.
He moved the gear shift to drive and pressed the gas pedal.
With a low rumble, the car rolled down the slope of the driveway.
His right turn signal blinked. He was off on a new adventure today.

See how we can use our distinctive sensory experience to become writers? We can use our sharp sense of vision to become artists, as well. My husband draws maps for fun, and his visual excellence quotient is higher than mine. I have strong verbal excellence, and so does he, but he is much quieter than I am.

I love to talk, write, listen, and communicate in general. My main purpose is to put my gifts to work, so that God will truthfully tell me someday, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Thanks to God for challenging me to find a way to "accentuate the positive" is this area of sensory stimulation.

How this topic relates to Christian living: 

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.