By Chris Goodchild
This superbly illustrated, relocating and revelatory ebook will motivate readers to work out that it is usually that which provides us the private sorrow in lifestyles which could convey us the best pleasure. 'Welcome to my international. i've got autism. 'But A Painful reward isn't really approximately my autism. it truly is in regards to the fight to be really ourselves on this planet. To be absolutely human, to the touch humans and to be touched by way of humans in go back. 'Autism is a blessing, a proficient means of seeing the area. it's also deeply misunderstood. there's a lot speak of discovering a therapy for autism, however it is barely our lack of ability to just accept distinction that cries out to be remedied. 'Although autism is a present, it may be a painful reward. i've got shared my woundedness in complete so you could be given the energy to carry to gentle your woundedness. nice love and nice ache are a part of the non secular trip. affliction cannot merely holiday us down, it may possibly additionally holiday us open. This booklet is a pilgrimage of the brain to the center and is a sworn statement to the truth that it's not the absence of illness that makes us who we're, yet our faithfulness in adversity that's the deeper degree. 'My private prayer is that each one who learn this publication may be encouraged to work out that it is usually that which supplies us the private sorrow in existence which may carry us the best joy.' Christopher Goodchild
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Nothing at all was insulating me from the horror of where I was heading and what I would leave behind. My plan was to wait until after my next visit to Daniel, so that this way he would not associate his birthday with my death. At this time I recall a psychotherapist friend asking me how my last visit to my son had gone. My reply was very strange indeed, for I said I felt like an autistic boy at a disco. In conversation later on, this same friend asked me if my natural father had any history of mental illness.
The joy was that Daniel would not have to face tragedy and insurmountable loss as a result of my suicide. A suicide that would have been irreversible had this cloud of unknowing not been lifted that day. This is neither exaggeration nor melodrama, just cold fact. The greatest challenge in my life is to love my son, and to pass on to him something beautiful and life- affirming, so that he can be truly himself. I trust that, amidst the tragedies and unfairness of life, he will be able to never lose sight of the fact that the world is a beautiful place and that God is right in the centre of it all and that Daniel will be free to be himself.
On the train home I found myself engaging in an exercise I learned on my spiritual direction course, which involved the process of spontaneous drawing and discernment. I felt such deep relief to be away from the intensity of despair. ’ I sat in silence for a minute or two and then drew. What I drew changed my life, and what had somehow evaded me all my life was dramatically revealed to me in that moment. What I drew revealed to me that I had autism. The picture was of me with Daniel. I drew a stick man, representing myself, encircled by several lines which were symbolic of walls.
A Painful Gift: The Journey of a Soul with Autism by Chris Goodchild