This Man Called His Little Brother With Down Syndrome The ‘Perfect Mirror’.

6 years ago, Tyler Klefot’s brother entered the world in Louisville, Kentucky. He discovered he was a life-changing little guy. And the more he thought about it, the more he wanted people to know what he now knows. Then this big brother decided to share his thoughts about the last 6 years, on his Facebook page.

Tyler wanted others to know that the more time he spent with Jonah, he discovered a secret. One all special needs parents know already.

His brother is his teacher.

And he explains here exactly why.


When Jonah first entered the world six years ago, I would have never guessed my life would be transformed the way it was. He’s shown me things about myself I would have never known, had I not been graced with his presence.child with down syndrome thinking

Some people may look at Down syndrome as a problem to be eradicated, while others see it as a gift. Some think of it as a burden, many see it as a blessing.

I fall into the crowd who see it as a gift- and a tremendous blessing. Not simply because of the unconditional love that these beings radiate selflessly in ways many of us could only dream of. Not just because of the playfulness and endless laughter one of these sweet souls can bring into your life. The truest gift isn’t one that can be found on the surface.

I try to look at everyone I encounter in my life as a teacher. I’m not great at this yet, but I’m still learning. Every interaction we have in life can show us something about ourselves. The way we choose to respond in every moment holds a valuable lesson if we have eyes to see it. Other people are mirrors reflecting back our self.

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Every interaction we have in life can show us something about ourselves. The way we choose to respond in every moment holds a valuable lesson if we have eyes to see it. Other people are mirrors reflecting back ourselves.

Some mirrors are polished, making it easier to see in to yourself. The kids I’ve met with Down syndrome are some of the most polished mirrors I’ve caught my reflection in.

Down Syndrome is a “mirror into your soul”. It dares you to look inside if you’re brave enough. You may not always like what you find in there, but digging down and finding those parts of yourself is what allows the healing to take place. If you’re lucky enough to have a little munchkin like Jonah, the healing can be rapid if you’re open to it.

Down Syndrome can be a challenge for parents, family, teachers, etc. It requires an extra amount of attention, awareness, patience, communication, encouragement, and active listening. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all sharpened these skills?
Rising to this challenge is what unlocks our true potential as humans. It dares us to become the best version of ourselves we can possibly be.

15423503_1880573692172749_1671341526_nWhen I began to work on patience with Jonah, he showed me how impatient I was.

When I tried to show Jonah how to listen, he showed me how often I don’t listen.

Jonah sees a behavioral therapist- but I consider him MY behavioral therapist. He is always perfectly reflecting back his environment teaching in ways I would have never thought possible.

Down Syndrome is a great gift to humanity, reflecting back ourselves playfully. They are healers sent to earth to raise the vibration and unlock the magic buried deep within our hearts. They are unlicensed therapists, teaching by unconventional means.

People with Down syndrome can be vehicles of compassion, and loving guides to unlock our human potential.

I’m so grateful for my perfect mirror.

Jonah’s brother, Tyler.

 

You can visit Jonah & Tyler’s mom’s website at 321Love.

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