Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Bottom of My Heart
Last week I got a voicemail at home from my Cardiologist. It went something like this. 'We have found something near the bottom of dave's heart we don't like, I need him to call into the office and schedule a procedure as soon as possible." I go in tommorrow morning to find out what it is.
Now two weeks ago, I went into see him because I had been experiencing some discomfort in my chest. No pain really just pressure and an overall strange feeling. I had some test done and from what I could gather from their responses something was up. Boy am I glad I listened to my body.
In life so many things seem to originate from the bottom of our hearts. Love, compassion, empathy, kindness, tenderness, faith and friendship are just a few that come to mind. In my work I find that these are attributes that are dearly needed and neccessary when speaking to prospective adoptive families. I should know, my wife and I have been on that side of the fence twice before.
It is also in my opinion a vital character trait needed by any family wanting to adopt. In order to fully appreciate the complexities of the adoptive process couples should have a tender heart for those women that make such an important decision for their unborn baby and for themselves as well. Once you have been through it your heart is changed forever. I have felt your compassion many times over for the birth mothers in our program.
It is a rightious desire for any married couple to want to raise a family of their own. It is in most cases the secret desire of their hearts eminating I am sure from the very bottom. Adoptive families learn very quckly that it is the heart to heart connection between themselves and their new son or daughter that will define the relationship they will share through out their lives. There is no genetic connection, no direct physical connection that binds them. Yet they are bound just the same.
So as I was pondering what could be wrong with the bottom of my heart and It came to me, that's the section in my heart that has been used more than any other throughout my life, the very bottom. Thank you for helping me wear it out it on behalf of you and the women I serve. It is a blessing in my life.
Adoptive Family Specialist
The Adoption Center of Choice