I had the privilege recently of spending some time at Daystar for Medically Fragile Children for a photo package and video on the unique child care facility. It’s a place where normal people do extraordinary things to help kids who face more obstacles in their first few years than most people face in a lifetime. It’s also a place where kids get to act like kids. They get to play and learn and laugh in a safe environment that’s as close to home as humanly possible. It’s that feeling of home that can make you forget about the feeding tubes and the medications and the wheelchairs that are part of their everyday lives.
I have two children of my own, and I’m blessed that they are healthy and happy. When I catch myself complaining about a bad day or a frustrating episode with my kids, I sometimes think of the wonderful children and staff at Daystar and the smiles on their faces. It’s an important reminder of just how fortunate I and many others are. It’s also an important reminder of how resilient and brave we are capable of being as human beings. So next time you feel the urge to say ‘Woe is me,’ think instead of the struggles of those who are less fortunate, and remember all the blessings in your life.
Watch “A Place Where Miracles Happen,” a video about Daystar for Medically Fragile Children in Pittsford, on YouTube.