Richard Norway Posted April 8, 2012 Report Share Posted April 8, 2012 This will be a hard post for me as I want to let my friends here know why I haven't been very active here but can't give out confidential information, as I want you all to know something of what has been going on. I'm not going to go into detail as they are confidential with a foster kid living with us. He's in trouble over some of the things that he has been doing, some of which are against the law. We had a major confrontation this morning. I was robbed last night. Of course, we called the sheriff . Many things came out of that. David, my partner, is a life couch and had a consulting firm for his practice. He was in high form this morning when we talked to our foster son. He was involved. New Mexico Protective Services wanted to fry this kid. But something amazing happened this morning, I think he saw that we are on his side, no matter what he had done, and his trust in us became evident when he opened up and talked to us about what he had been doing. at considerable length. This was a first. He's still trying to fit in, and he's only been with us for 5 months. I'm not ready to give up on this kid. BTW, he's 15. I wont, because even if he doesn't realize it, he has worth. I guess I could go on and on about what has happened, but what I want to relate is what David had said in his blog tonight. It speaks for itself. Kids are our priority. "Distractions, Priorities and Hard Choices I have been working on a major grant application for the past few weeks and not getting very far. I have been distracted by drama on all sides. The major drama has been “kid drama”. All I will say is the “kid drama” was serious, more serious than we realized. The good news is we seem to have arrived at a turning point. The next few days will be critical in this turning out positively. This brings me to priorities. Several important commitments are due in these same critical few days, what should the priority be? All of the choices are important, some to the centers project, the community and to the kiddo. What trumps what? Not long ago I would have said the community and/or center trump everything; I would have been wrong. The centers project is already having an impact on the GLBTQ community and will continue whether the current grant application is finished or not. A young person’s future is at a critical point and in need of support. I have asked funders what one youth’s life is worth in terms of investment when seeking funding for Rainbow Youth in fairness I have to ask myself the same question. The response I am looking for from funders is tens of thousands of dollars, when in fact there is no cost too great. The hard choice I made was to cancel a trip to Los Angeles related to the centers and pass on the grant because the time needs to be spent on supporting the kiddo. Whether folks think I made the right choice or not, I believe I have. Part of leadership is making potentially unpopular choices and standing by them. I often don’t take ownership of my leadership because I’m an introvert and not completely comfortable in the leadership roles I find myself. In this case I am comfortable and totally own this as a leadership decision." Quote Link to comment
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