It's 5:15 and I'm wrapping up what's been a very productive day. I didn't set foot outside of this house (yet - going out a little later), and tackled a couple of projects that I haven't been able to get focused on. I started with my linen closet. Now when I open it up, I'm don't get draped with tablecloths and kitchen towels. I paid some bills and caught up on my checkbook. I did a little laundry.
Then I moved to Korean Focus. My dining room table is no longer covered with piles of KF paperwork. It has all been sorted, and put into binders or the recycle bin, as appropriate. I figured out a new way of organizing it all so I can keep up. I've now got a main folder with everything I am likely to touch or need on a weekly basis, plus several additional folders to organize the information that comes in from the adoption community. The files all fit in a bag I can carry with me every day, too. I also put soft versions of the key files onto a flash drive that I carry with me on my key ring. I can now do a little every lunch hour to keep up.
Doing all of this reminded of how hard it can be to give our time to the causes we care about. It takes time from already-overloaded schedules, and keeps us from other things we might want to do. Sometimes it feels just like work. But if my experience with Korean Focus is any gauge, the rewards - knowing you've contributed to your community, accomplishing something out of nothing - outweigh the effort.
Adoption is an issue that gets no support from the mainstream. If we in the adoption community need support, we need to provide it ourselves. And so, my fellow adoptive parents, I encourage you to do just that. Get involved. Find an organization, found an organization - get involved.
I know many of you already are working hard for the adoption community, and I'd like to hear about it. What issues are you working on? How? Where? With what organizations? Tell us all about it!!