different

Bridge of Angels, Rome  

For my birthday, my boss 😉 gave me an iPad. Said it should make downtime between off-site meetings more productive and remove my excuses for just hanging out with a cup of coffee. What can I say? She’s tough.

When I went to the Apple store to pick it up–which is nothing short of a psychedelic experience for people like me–I found what I wanted, paid for it and was told an associate would be with me momentarily. It would take about 15 minutes, she said, for him to give me the facts, show me the features and help me feel less like a loser. (My words, not hers.)

So, here came Smart Guy. Smiling, hand outstretched, clearly ready to teach the non-techie. “Well, before we begin,” he announced, “I need to organize the table top, here.  I have OCD, and until that’s done, I can’t give you my best.” My friend Kristy, who deals with some sensory issues herself, began nodding knowingly. Literally a minute later, the clutter (which I hadn’t noticed…go figure) was cleared, the angles aligned and the tutorial underway.

Over coffee after leaving the store, Kristy and I discussed differences like these…and how Smart Guy had transformed a potential downside into a powerful asset with a single, simple statement. He claimed. We communicated. Everyone won.

That incident came to mind when I saw this:  http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2MBBxU  It shows how a young European with a processing disorder can recreate entire cityscapes–in this instance, all of Rome–down to the most finite detail hours after seeing the scene from the air.  It’s worth watching.

Gifts differing.

Think St. Paul had something to say about that, didn’t he?

“Now there are various kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.” Corinthians 12:4

Carla. 8.9.11

Photo: public domain

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5 Responses to “different”

  1. Wow, what a ‘disorder’ to have! And by the way, we both know you gave yourself that iPad because it is a COOL toy…so enjoy it and give yourself that downtime!

  2. What an unbelievable talent. Have never seen anything like it.

  3. Ah, the iPad and StumbleUpon … like a gondola and Venice. You never know what’s around the next corner!

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