For well over two decades, Sherrie Eldridge has offered her unique voice within the adoption community, as an established author and international speaker. An adoptee herself, Eldridge has the ability to see life through the eyes of an adopted child. In her seven published titles, she has shared her passion for validating adoptees’ life experiences and her desire to help adoptive parents better understand and meet their adopted children’s emotional needs.
Her best-selling work, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, is considered required reading by many US adoption agencies. In 2010, she was named Indiana’s Congressional Angel of Adoption by the Honorable Dan Burton, Indiana Congressional Representative. Eldridge is widely recognized and respected as a compassionate advocate for adoptees, cultivating understanding about adoption’s challenges and opportunities for all those whose lives have been touched by it.
How Sherrie Found Her Life Passion
A few years ago, Bob and I were being trained as life coaches. One break-out session was especially appealing to me—How to Help Others Find Their Life Purpose.
When the two leaders asked for a volunteer to come up front and be their “guinea pig client” to demonstrate how to find life purpose, I raised my hand. I already knew what my life purpose and passion was. This would be a piece of cake!
Standing between the two leaders and in front of at least 50 people, they asked, “What is your passion?”
“Orphans,” I said, with confidence.
Suddenly, I was overcome with emotion. Please understand this is not normal behavior for me. I was wearing my “I have it all together adoptee mask,” after all!
But, I couldn’t stop the tears. I turned my back to the crowd, putting my hands over quivering lips.
“This is a normal reaction when people find their passion,” the coaches said. “Often, the passion hits deep cords and tears come, very unexpectedly.”
After I turned around, they asked, “And, what happened in your life that you feel a passion for orphans?”
“I was an orphan,” I whispered.
Then, they asked, “And, what do you want to do with this passion?”
With a hoarse voice, I answered, “I want to hold each one of them and tell them that they’re not forgotten.”
The teaching they gave afterwards has been emblazoned on my heart as I have taken steps to find my life purpose.