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Putting the Focus on Others

Story written by: carol

One of the most difficult lessons for most parents to get their children to understand is sharing. It’s a funny thing, really, because many children will share freely when they are very, very young, but once they hit a certain age, the idea of “sharing freely” goes out the window! At this point, parents need to constantly reinforce to these children that sharing with others is a positive thing. Every once in a while, however, there comes along a child who just simply “gets it” when it comes to the idea of sharing – a child who willingly goes out of their way to share with others. Every once in a while…there comes along a child like Holly Meacock.

Holly is a special young girl – and not just because she was born with cerebral palsy. Although she was born prematurely at 24 weeks and has trouble hearing, has to wear glasses because of laser eye surgery she had when she was very young, and has trouble with her motor functions because of her cerebral palsy, it is not herself that she thinks about. Instead, Holly seems to always be thinking about others.

This is something that her parents, Kate and John, noticed a while back, and the thing that impresses them most of all about their daughter is that they never tried to force her to be charitable or to have a heart for others; instead, this is something that has simply come naturally to Holly! While others in Holly’s position might feel pity for their own self, and might look to others to do things for them, Holly always looks for the fortunate aspects in her life and celebrates these aspects; furthermore, she always looks for ways to do things for others. The greatest example to date in this area came recently, when Holly saw that her her, pop star Jessie J, was having her hair cut short in order to provide hair for wigs for children with cancer. Holly decided, then and there, that this was something she wanted to do as well.

At first, her parents thought this was something that would pass, but Holly was insistent about her desire to help those with cancer. She didn’t care, she said, if people would look at her funny for having her hair chopped off; she only cared that in having her hair chopped off, she would be helping others.

Yes, Holly is a special child indeed. She has cerebral palsy, sure – but this is not what makes her special. Instead, what makes her special is just how little she thinks about her own cerebral palsy, and how much she instead does everything she can to focus on others.