May 26, 2017

Lessons Learned Part 20

We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life.

Be Brave
I read a book to my foster son called I Am So Brave every day. It's really helped him whenever he enters a new situation to have a pep talk and to remember that he's brave. It's a lesson I could use, too. We Facetime with his mom nearly every day and I still get nervous every time. I'm sure she does as well. This week I'll have to make a new relationship with my foster son's aunt, who he'll be moving in with at the end of this week. There's so much potential for everything to go right and everything to go wrong and everything in between, but nothing happens until I'm brave enough to reach out and make it happen. 

Do It Even If It Hurts
Becoming a foster parent was not a light willy-nilly decision, but nothing could prepare me for the joy and the sadness and the confusion and uncertainty it has brought to each day. This week will be bittersweet because he's leaving my home to be with relatives. It's good for him but selfishly it will be excruciating bc I will miss him so much. I think it's worth it to do this, though. I am proud that I was brave enough to say yes and to leave myself open to this vulnerability. 

What About Bob is Still Relevant
It's one of my all-time favorite movies. Someone at a high level work meeting brought it up today in the context of us as an organization needing to take baby steps towards all our goals. Otherwise the organization freaks out and can't get anything done. 

Previous Lessons Learned
Part 19Part 18
Part 17
Part 16
Part 15
Part 14
Part 13
Part 12
Part 11
Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
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