“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
William Arthur Ward
- Have you ever thought to contact your adoption professional and thank them for what they did right?
- Have you ever thought about getting to know the birth parents of your adopted child and thanking them for making an adoption plan?
- Did you consider thanking the judge who finalized your adoption with a note of gratitude?
Even if you are in the middle of your adoption process and feel overwhelmed or frustrated find something to thank someone for every day. It will help you feel good about your process one day at a time.
The Change Blog says: Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.
I get to hear the great stories of
…the medically fragile child who is thankful the nurse adopted them
…the 17 year old adopted before they aged out of the system
…the sibling group that was so grateful not to be separated
…the child that years after their adoption is finally home and able to trust the adults in their life will not hurt them
…the 8 year old who is finally able to sleep through the night safe and sound in their adoptive home
So many great families I am grateful for!
A Ted Talk on Gratitude
Post this blog link on your social media for those in your social circle who may be interested in adoption and for their friends. Pay it forward. It is life changing for the person who adopts and for the child who is adopted.