In this era of measurable outcomes, numbers are important. How many were served? What percentage of various ethnic groups were represented? How much did it cost? How long did it take? And all of those things are important -- but not without people. And not without each individual.
At Good Friend, Inc., we never started with a measuring stick. We started with an idea that was born from the needs of people; more personally, two young boys with autism spectrum disorder. Before Good Friend's Awareness. Acceptance. Empathy. motto was penned, we as mothers were doing our best to help our sons' peers to understand who they were and why they mattered. When we did that, we broke down barriers to forming relationships. Seeing those results, and hearing other parents' heartbreaks, made it worthwhile to pursue wider success.
|From some of us (back: Pam Lara, Sarah Zubarik; |
front: Ken Genin, Denise Schamens at our board meeting
earlier this month) to all of you!
So while we're excited to tell you about some milestones, please remember that YOU matter. And your student matters. And that's why we do any of this at all.
Thank you for the role you played in helping us achieve these milestones. Without your support, we could not have taken our message to more than 25K people ... and who knows how many more with the DVDs we've sold!?!
And let me bring this full-circle. Today is my birthday, and last night, my 15-year-old son brought me flowers -- his own idea. And while I might open his gift to me and it may be a picture of one of his special interests that he can't wait to share (because it brings him joy, therefore it must me also), those flowers are a milestone: He thought of something I like that holds no interest for him whatsoever.
May your milestones be celebrated today and always.