Thursday, August 18, 2011

Adoption is not a Snapshot, It is a Moving Picture

Today, I'm reminded that I am a work in progress.  I have not arrived, do not know all the answers, and am in a constant state of learning....learning about myself, about others, about adoption, about working with people, about relating to people, and the list goes on and on and on.  Although we strive to "arrive" at the place where we have put the learning process behind us (which includes many "passes" and "failures") - it continues.

It makes me think of an analogy that I heard about several years ago relating to adoption. 

Adoption is not a snapshot, it is a moving picture. 

It's not a one-time event that takes place and then adoption is never thought of again.  Adoption remains a part of an individual and family's make-up through the years and it, also, grows and changes with the various seasons of life. 

That is why it is so important, not only to prepare yourselves as adoptive parents and birth parents prior to adoption, but to continue a commitment to lifelong learning about various ideas relating to adoption.  What may not apply to your current situation now, may be helpful in the future.  There are so many books, webinars, online classes, seminars, etc. available for adoption help through the years, but it is each individual person's responsibility to take advantage of the opportunities in front of us.  Will you accept the challenge?

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