What are the "gifts" of Attention Deficit Disorder? Each of us has a different definition of what we consider as a gift. In the Attention Deficit Forum at BellaOnline, I asked readers what they consider as the gifts of ADD. Then, I added my own ideas. The result is an often quirky list of traits that can enrich our lives. In no particular order, here are some of the gifts that we appreciate
The ADD Gift List.
*Nimble imagination and playfulness
*Tremendous sense of fun
*Relentless (This can be a great thing when you have a project to finish!)
*Night owl (Although this might not be seen as a gift by some!)*
*Edgy sense of humor
*Remarkable problem solving
*Strong sense of justice.
*Responds to rewards
*Greeting life with enthusiasm-grinning-tactile-kinesthetic
*Extra sensory perception
*Gobs of energy-exuberant-tireless-revved up
*Eager for life-excited
*Sensational skills using materials in a novel way to solve a problem.
*Lively spirit-unconventional style
Which of the gifts of ADD do you treasure most? I am thankful for my creativity and the ability to use materials in a novel way to solve a problem. A few years ago, when some of my students were having trouble keeping their pants up, I found a way to keep the pants at the waistline by using plastic grocery bags! Now, that's remarkable problem solving.
Embrace your gifts! In a season where it is traditional to give thanks for the blessings that we have received, I give thanks for the gifts of Attention Deficit Disorder. These traits have led me along unconventional and interesting paths. They have enriched my life with intuition, enthusiasm, and a sense of fun, plus youthful energy. One of my students once said, "You have a light spirit." That just about says it all.
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