Friday, June 21, 2013

Standing For What's Right

It's a cool and rainy day here today and as I was taking Thomas to work just now I noticed that he was in a short sleeve shirt. I asked him if he would be warm enough if they had him work outside and this is what he told me:

"I probably won't be going outside anymore to work because I told my manager I wasn't going to ride in the van when the driver is talking on the p
hone while he's driving."

I've got to say that I am impressed. My normally very quiet, non-confrontational son stood up for what he believed in, and to an authority figure no less. He has several very strong (sometimes over the top in their ferocity) morals and values and he'll fight for them. I'm just surprised to hear that he did that in his work situation. I suppose there's no reason to think he wouldn't do that but he's never been in a job environment where he could apply his beliefs so I've never seen it in action in this situation.

I'm very proud of him. He very well may be his own best advocate in the years to come. I'd love to see him out there on the front lines with people helping fight the stigma of schizophrenia.

Go Thomas!!!

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