“Dancing is a way of enjoying every step of the journey, even if it’s with your own shadow.” —Judith Land, Adoptee
“Dancing with the Stars” is an American dance competition that has aired on ABC television for twenty years. Each dance couple competes for judges’ points and audience votes. What if our daily performance was broadcast live around the world for everyone to see and rated 1 through 10 by a panel of judges and voted on by the public? Would the audience release a cascade of applause? Would they wax lyrical over our style and grace, reward our perseverance, praise our intelligence, and acknowledge our professionalism?
If you are an adoptee or foster child with an emotional need for a curative and breakthrough reality that makes sense out of your disrupted life story; if you are a birth parent tormented by difficult choices and loss; or if you are an adoptive parent struggling to make the right choices, remember that life is a dance. We all go at our own pace. Sometimes we lead. Sometimes we follow. Sometimes taking a chance on love brings turtledoves and sometimes things blow up in our face and we lose the race. The path to more crying is most often the result of not trying, rather than injury, poor health, and withdrawal. If only I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t feel so hollow. In every situation there is a time to walk, a time to talk, and even a time to crawl back. Nobody can learn the long, continuous flowing movements of the foxtrot and glide across the dance floor without significant training and rehearsals. Don’t fear what you don’t know; trust your instincts and learn as you go.
Life presents us all with challenges and adversity. Inevitably, everyone struggles at times and experiences the consequences of our shortfalls. Life is a learning opportunity and positive lessons can be learned from facing hardships and failure. The way we respond to difficulties we encounter and the choices we make is what defines us. Our attitude and how we respond to trying circumstances is how we learn to dance and how we find our path in life. Trust your instincts and know that inaction is a waste of life. With patience, practice, and maturity, you too can be a champion. Don’t worry about what you don’t know today because life is a dance—we all learn as we go. So, step lively and wisely!
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