Look Back/Move Forward

Yesterday afternoon Wil had a challenging moment. It’s been awhile since he’s tried to flee a situation; it was an impromptu situation with lots of moving parts. Of course, Wil’s challenging moment means a challenging moment for me and those around me, as well. After all was resolved and I had calmed myself down, I thought back on all the circumstances that led to that moment.

There are always impromptu and unpredictable moments; that’s life. Though I tried to be proactive in certain areas, I was already way behind in others. And once I was behind, I was left with no choice but to chase Wil. Please do not mistake my comments for blame on myself or anyone else. There is no blame; there is only the situation, the string of events that unfolded within the situation, and how I can do better next time for Wil, myself and those around me.

Thinking back, now armed with the knowledge of how the events unfolded, I see ways I can be more proactive. As the unpredictables of that situation are now predictable. I now know how to do better for Wil, for myself and for those around me.

Even so prepared, there will be fresh unpredictabilities; cause that’s life! I will again need to reassess the events leading to those challenging moments — when the unpredictables are then predictable — and learn again how to be better and do better for Wil, myself and those around me.

Challenging moments are never a step back; unless we don’t look back, turn the unpredictabilities into predictabilities, and learn and grow from them. In fact, they can be quite an empowering lift forward once the dust has settled.

Published by Christie Taylor

Christie Taylor is the creator of the website, www.WILingness.com, and author of "Stories of Wil: Puberty Part 1" (Amazon.com: amzn.to/30mFoZ5) Christie believes that if we all had the opportunity to spend a day with our loved ones with Down syndrome, many of the stereotypes and stigmas would dissipate. Christie invites you, through her stories, to spend a day with Wil. The more the merrier!

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