Our idyllic holiday break could easily devolve into everyone staring at their own electronic devices in the car, and quiet, boring dinners resulting from too much together time with nothing new to talk about. Sound familiar? I decided that our family time was too precious and fleeting to let that happen, so I began to think about what I could do to keep everyone engaged and happy.
Every once in awhile, I hear from friends of friends, random strangers and acquaintances as they mull the prospect of adoption. Some have done their research and their questions have to do mostly about process. Some begin at the very beginning and are looking for resources to read. Then there are the few that have done all they can and are keen to hear about experiences as it might relate to them.
As I left the operating room to find the family and let them know all was well, I thought about that question: "How can I best help you now?" And I realized that it's a question that can be used any time we see a fellow human floundering. They can be hurting from a crisis or just wondering what to next.
I've been fortunate to have had some incredible mentors in my life, and with them the ability to sit in on and be surrounded by people that far exceed my current skill level. I seek these situations out because I know that the most effective way to grow is to play with and against people that are more skilled than you.