As I was driving home one day, I had this intuitive thought cross my mind. When I say, “intuitive thought,”  I mean one of those thoughts that you not only visualize in your head but you feel in your heart. It was almost as if I heard this voice tell me the title of this blog post. Who knows, I may go on to make this a book.

My little brother, Jay, was born with Down Syndrome. He lived 12 years on this earth.

Jay was one of my greatest teachers about the issues that matter most in this existence.

Jay loved without conditions. His heart was full of joy. He explored nature freely and was one with the natural world around him. He loved animals and the relationships were always mutual. Jay did not judge. You could always be yourself around him and he would love you no matter what.

I always wondered why so many children with disabilities seemed so care free, loving, and light hearted.

The guidance that I received that day in my car was that Jay was so special because he never developed an ego!

I burst into tears as I came to the realization that this may be true!

So many of us spend years of our lives trying to gain understanding about this world. We strive to act in love rather than with ego. We search to find our purpose and awaken to a deeper spiritual perspective.

Jay didn’t need to do any of this. Jay was one with all of creation. There was no separation between him, nature, or other human beings. He did not see himself as superior to anyone.

Jay was born in the absence of ego.

As a gal with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, I’ve spent years of my life learning how to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Perhaps we have it all wrong. Perhaps children like Jay were sent here to meet our needs. Perhaps they were sent as beautiful angels to teach us how to love and to show us how glorious life can be when we drop our egos and live in unison with each other.

I have so much more to share about Jay’s teachings, but for now, I’ll end with this.

XOXO, Jess

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