Recently, John had a chance to say hello to Jack, one of his friends.
But he was too scared (may I say “sensory averse”?) to walk over.
So Jack and his family left before John could get to their table.
John trailed after them toward the restaurant front entrance.
But never connected face-to-face.
So, trying from 30 feet away.
We made it a teachable moment.
I became Jack, and we role-played at an outside table.
We laughed a lot, and had a good time practicing.
So, whenever a missed opportunity presents itself,
he has even more prior knowledge on what to do faster.
We re-defined what “missed” means.
We are forever trying again. Rehearsing for the next time, to get it right.
Maybe this can help in your world.
Peace be with us,