Some of you may not know that in addition to private practice I work for a university. We recently completed another semester! It’s not the end of the year, however, I still have so much to be thankful for. I hope that as you look back over the past few months you are able to not only think about times when you have been challenged but also times where you have been able to find gratitude.
In each day there can be small and large moments to find gratitude. We don’t have to wait until the end of the year to turn things around. I love seeing the students, helping them grow and of course seeing them graduate. I was reflecting over the semester and I had to share this post about reflection and gratitude.
I have had many moments to stop and reflect on the semester and months as we move forward in this year. I know we aren’t done yet but it’s never too early to stop and center yourself and put things in perspective. Many times I have been humbled by the power of the human spirit. I am continuously amazed at how amazing people can truly be. Something as simple as a thank you or I appreciate you can truly lighten a mood and create a smile.
I think about all the people that have entered my doors, sat in my chair, cried and shouted with joy inside my office. I reflect on the moments my grad students have been proud of themselves and also times when they came to consult and figure things out. Each experience has been amazing. I think about how I have grown, how I’ve been stretched and challenged in ways that I did not think were possible. I am thankful for each experience.
We have clinical each week and before we raced off to the meeting space to discuss various topics my students greeted me at the door with a thank you card, some flowers and a gift.
The gesture my students shared was really uplifting. Not just because I love fresh flowers but because it was a wonderful moment to be thought of.
There are many reasons I chose to become a counselor and many times it calls for those of us in the helping profession to pull from ourselves the very best and provide it to another. Providing the very best of care is not something that you do to receive something in return but simply to help someone else.
I keep a list from time to time of things that I am thankful for (I must say I need to do this more often) on that day I was thankful to be acknowledged.
I challenge you to take a moment and reflect on your life and experiences find moments in which you can truly be thankful. Some moments are smoother and easier to handle than others, while other moments are challenging and seem insurmountable. See obstacles as opportunities to grow and be transformed into your best self.
I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings!
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