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Amy's Reflections

July 23, 2015

We do not see the world as the world is, we see the world as we are. – Stephen Covey

Rick and I spent the day yesterday driving to Iowa City to have Jacob and Maleigha assessed for dyslexia. It was an interesting experience, as we have been there before and knew what to expect, but things didn’t go as planned. Instead of checking in on the main level and then proceeding to the area for testing, we were asked to check in our car at the main level and then head up two flights of stairs to a registration area in the pediatric dental clinic. Upon arrival at that registration area, we waited in line behind about four other people for our turn to register.  We completed our registration and then were asked to head back down the two flights of stairs to the testing area. As Kirk would say, not very lean! As I was discussing how to lean the process, my dear husband asked me if anything had gone well in that process!  I do love that he can redirect me to look at things differently. After securing my rose-colored glasses and reflecting, there were several things that went smoothly in our visit. I appreciated not having to provide my insurance card as they had pre-registered me over the phone and had verified my coverage online. Being able to electronically sign the documents for HIPAA and billing was also a time saver. 

Needless to say, it was a long day and Jacob and Maleigha were both diagnosed with dyslexia. It is always interesting to see the results: how high they score on comprehension versus how low they score on phonics and word decoding. I am sure it is extremely frustrating for all those with dyslexia to be so very bright but have to work so very hard to learn. Fortunately, in our family we view dyslexia as a gift. I absolutely know that I have three incredible problem solvers that will be very successful in anything they put their minds too. After all, those little brains that can problem solve and figure out a way to free their electronic devices from timeout in the cupboard above the refrigerator while no one is looking are the same brains that some day may find the cure for a horrible disease. It really is all in how we look at it. So my challenge this week is to firmly place your rose-colored glasses on and see if you can find the positive in each situation!

Looking behind, I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward, I am filled with vision. Looking upwards, I am filled with strength. Looking within, I discover peace. ~ Quero Apache Prayer

-Amy McDaniel, Belmond CEO


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