In years past, I’ve issued a challenge to my readers for National Adoption Month.
It usually involved an increase of adoption content on social media …you know, to increase awareness. But, this year I am issuing a different kind of challenge. And I am super excited about it.
The challenge is this: BE COURAGEOUS.
There is so much fear in adoption. Fear of the emotions. Fear of the reactions. Fear of letting yourself live in the moment. Fear of the hurt. Fear of the grief. Fear of making the wrong decisions. Fear of just letting go and loving unconditionally. Fear of unkept promises.
Maybe you’re afraid to love an expectant parent who has reached out to you because you are not sure if she will choose adoption and you don’t want to get hurt.
Maybe you’re thinking about adoption for your baby but you’re not sure if it’s right for you or your child. You’re afraid to even look into it.
Maybe you’re not sure if you should send that email letting the adoptive family you chose know that you’d like to discuss an increase in contact with them and your child.
Maybe you’re holding a grudge because something didn’t work out the way you had hoped.
Maybe you’re wondering if you should reach out to your biological family. What will your reunion be like?
You never know unless you try, reach out, pull the trigger on that prompting.
Make that call.
Send that email.
Write that text.
Ring that doorbell.
Give that hug.
Forgive that misstep.
Just do it.
Be courageous. Say the thing your heart has been nudging you to say.
Insane courage. Embarrassing bravery. That’s what I’m hoping for this month.
How will you be insanely courageous this month?