Time is given as a gift, and gifts should be received with gratitude.

Jonathan Bryan

Different Perspectives

Today, whilst reading a magazine I noticed an advert for a book; Eye Can Write, A memoir of a child’s silent soul emerging. A few hours later I picked up a booklet that has daily inspirational readings. For various reasons over the summer months I got out of the habit of reading it. I opened it up where I had left the bookmark some months ago and was surprised to see the inspirational reading was about Jonathan Bryan the author of the book! I quote the synopsis of Jonathon’s book below.

Can you imagine not being able to speak or communicate? The silence, the loneliness, the pain. But, inside you disappear to magical places, and even meet your best friend there. However, most of the time you remain imprisoned within the isolation. Waiting, longing, hoping. Until someone realises your potential and discovers your key, so your unlocking can begin. Now you are free, flying like a wild bird in the open sky. A voice for the voiceless.

Jonathan Bryan has severe cerebral palsy, a condition that makes him incapable of voluntary movement or speech. He was locked inside his own mind, aware of the outside world but unable to fully communicate with it until he found a way by using his eyes to laboriously choose individual letters, and through this make his thoughts known.

In Eye can Write, we read of his intense passion for life, his mischievous sense of fun, his hopes, his fears and what it’s like to be him. This is a powerful book from an incredible young writer whose writing ability defies age or physical disability – a truly inspirational figure.

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You can find out more about this inspirational young man’s story on ‘Teach us Too‘ and Facebook.

The appearance of his story (randomly) twice in one day I consider to be one of what I call my ’strange coincidences’. A gift and a message? Jonathan’s story undoubtedly uplifted my spirits :-)

10 Comments CherryPie on Oct 28th 2018

10 Responses to “Cherie’s Place – Thought for the Week”

  1. Amfortas says:

    Splendid chap and a splendid story of his ‘emergence’. He is a living metaphor for all of us.

  2. Alan says:

    Its a fine spiky, flowery thing. and a fine image to accompany the Thought for the Week,

  3. Ayush Basu says:

    what a powerful story indeed, CP.

  4. >Time is given as a gift

    That’s why it’s called the present :)

  5. The Yum List says:

    Yes, we really should appreciate it while we have it. We never know for how long we’ll have it.