Often when we think about being humble, images of meekness, timidity, and weakness come into our heads. Why would we want to celebrate those seemingly unattractive qualities in a world where bigger is better and louder always gets heard first? Let me throw a few other images your way: selflessness, putting others first, and doing something simply because it’s the right thing to do. This is humility, and this type of humility will help a lot on your adoption journey.
Instead of throwing yourself a pity party, think about or pray for your future child and the woman who is carrying him. While your journey is certainly hard, focusing on helping the journey of others can help you put everything into perspective.
Adoption is not for the faint of heart. You need to be strong and faithful, but you also need to remember that it’s not all about you. It is not about your desire to parent a child. It is not about how great your family will be at raising this child. It is not about what you want at all. Adoption is about love and about the child. Quite often, us potential adoptive parents become so wrapped up in everything we have to do before we adopt that it’s easy to forget the other people involved in adopting.
Be selfless, but not timid. Think about everyone else involved in the adoption before you think about your own needs. How can you help ease the pain for the birth parents? How can you support your spouse and family members throughout this journey? How can you educate the public on appropriate adoption language and vocabulary? When you really think about it, a birth mother’s decision to place her child for adoption is about as selfless as it gets. But it’s not a timid or weak decision. It takes tremendous strength to give birth and walk out of the hospital without that baby. It takes tremendous strength to realize that your home and the care you could provide will not be what you feel is the best or most appropriate care for your child.
“He’s so lucky to have you.” That’s a phrase many adoptive parents hear so often, and while the sentiment is nice, the opposite is actually true. We are lucky to have him. We are the ones who are truly blessed. And when you humble yourself, you realize that while the journey to becoming a parent has been filled with peaks and valleys, and the wait to adopt a child can be excruciatingly long and anxiety ridden, it becomes easier to deal with when you are not focusing all of your attention on yourself, and instead putting it towards your future child. Instead of throwing yourself a pity party, think about or pray for your future child and the woman who is carrying him. While your journey is certainly hard, focusing on helping the journey of others can help you put everything into perspective.
As adoptive parents, we can learn from the strength of others as we prepare to parent a child born to another woman. It’s not all about us, it’s about the love everyone has for our child, and we need to think less about ourselves and more about the amazing gift we all have been given. The gift of being Mommy and Daddy. The gift of being able to love unconditionally. The gift of being chosen as parents. That’s where our focus should lie, not on ourselves, but on the beautiful gift we have been given.
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