There is certainly an indescribable joy that one feels when accomplishing a goal. However, one of life's greatest gifts is to have the opportunity to help someone else achieve hers. My youngest daughter worked hard this past week, taking a couple of spills in the process. I watched her confidence grow with each sprint up and down the sidewalk until I finally decided it was time to let go. She wobbled a little but eventually straightened out and took off on her own with me following a step behind.
In El Paraíso, as the book documents, Cristina and I had the opportunity to work with two leadership groups. A goal was set, and we all worked together to assure it became a reality. I will never forget the feeling of watching our students confidently speak with other youth about the dangers of HIV and AIDS. When they had completed their presentation, the children expressed excitement and satisfaction at having accomplished something special. I sat in the back of the room absorbing every second and recognizing that helping them succeed felt better than anything I had ever accomplished on my own.
Now, I feel that same joy watching my daughter pull away from my guiding arms. It happened faster than I'd hoped, but what a gift to have had the opportunity to help her learn to ride a bike.
Thank you, as always, for stopping by. Please share your PIFOM moment from the week in the comments below and have a wonderful weekend.