All babies are special. At birth, they seem to posses a hard to define sense of purpose. Having spent a lot of time in the NICU when Winston was born, I felt this sense of purpose even stronger with the babies being cared for there. It also seemed that a feeling of quiet strength emanated from these brave little ones - but that could have been my own wish to bless them with the strength they needed.
Not long ago I heard the following from another parent who'd also had a baby in the NICU and thought it really captures what I was feeling back when Winston was there. Her NICU nurse told her, "A child who is born with a less than perfect physical body is given a huge spirit and is meant to make a difference in the lives of all those around them."
How true this is! We all have a purpose and a reason for being here. Some have a short turn on Earth and some have a long turn but each person makes a difference no matter how long they're here.
Here's another quote I really liked shared by one of the pediatric surgeons:
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body. Life is to be experienced to the fullest with the goal to power slide across the finish line sideways, throttle wide open, tires spinning and kicking up dirt, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!""
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