I was recently given the opportunity to speak at our BRN Chapter for the San Jose Chamber of Commerce. Below is an excerpt from my presentation.
Some of us know from the time we are very young what it is we want to do “when we grow up.” Some of us wander lost, not knowing. Some of us are led astray from our dreams and/or desires by life’s circumstances. And for some the light bulb comes on at a later stage of our lives when some might be thinking of slowing down.
Looking back at my growing up years I don’t remember thinking about my future beyond my 18th birthday, that was the day I would be out on my own. That was my one consuming goal…to be on my own.
The interesting thing was that I was open to ideas, suggestions, and opportunities. While attending a political rally in Austin, Texas the opportunity to attend a four-year liberal arts college was presented to me. “Go to the table set up in the back and someone there will show you what you need to do” the gentleman said. Within months I was in another state and in college.
I should point out here that not all opportunities that present themselves are good. After my junior year the opportunity of marriage presented itself and I accepted, never returning to finish my degree.
If I was to give this talk a title it would be Direction and Focus.
When I became a mother for the first time I was given the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. I took this opportunity and it turned out to be a good choice because once my son was born, it was all hands on deck.
It took several years for me to acclimate to the challenges that came with parenting my son. There came a point when I had to stop and fully accept my reality and be okay with it. Once I did that, I re-framed my approach to how I parented him.
From then on I saw it not just as my job but as a job I wanted to excel at.
So along with the teachers, therapists, and clinicians we set about trying not just to help him overcome certain issues and learn new behaviors but some of mine as well.
Skip forward to the day of his high school graduation, when all the services he had been receiving stopped and we were once again looking for answers.
The idea of Shire House was born around this time. Another opportunity, and almost three years later, here we are.
With a clear Direction and Focus I would like this vision to go from ME to WE. I know that with the appropriate people on board we can together build this organization so as to provide the services so many of our children need.