This can apply to most anything: Careers, Marriages,Educational pursuits... but it really made me think about "Older Child Adoption" and what a comlexity it is to raise our children. :) I often say, 3 steps forward 2 steps back. This line is much more accurate. LOLThis is what it looks like to raise a child who is all over the place in emotional maturity, intellect, physical ability and sensory issues. It is what it is like to try and understand what emotional level a child can be at, in any given moment. :) It is what it is like to raise a child who has had trauma.
Complicated? Oh Yea! The neat thing though, is that we grow ourselves! We change ourselves, if we are brave enough to see that WE NEED TO CHANGE TOO!
There is HUGE blessing in raising children, and HUGE blessing in raising children who have been thoroughly touched by trauma. The big fat squiggly line part, is where many people feel they cannot go on, and disruption occurs. Keeping one's eye on the end of that arrow, can help those struggling to see that it WILL get better. Trauma blindsides us sometimes. We think we are headed straight and then, we go through a roller coaster. But coming out the other side of that is MORE HEALING, in depth healing that can only be had through the struggle.
So look at the end of the arrow! It is still headed to success! Which means something different for each individual family. But happy, healthy, thriving adults in the future, who are secure and compassionate, forgiving and forgiven, trusting, full of grace and mercy, and striving to reach a newer personal goal, is what I have in mind. :)
Wishing everybody a TRULY Happy and Healing New Year! :)