Live :: Optimistically :: Through :: Universal :: Struggles
September 11 holds many memories for all Americans.
Since 2001, I have used the events of September 11 as a way to explain differences in perspective and susceptibility of trauma. I think all Americans can remember that traumatic experience and recall exactly what we were doing at that exact time we found out. According to where we were in life, how close proximally or emotionally we were to WTC, and if we were connected to someone who directly experienced the traumatic event impacted how traumatized we are. We can all experience the same situation, depending on how we experience and process it impacts the situation's overall effect on us.
Today, in the midst of multiple back to back natural disasters (Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Jose), the 16th anniversary of the Twin Towers crash and 25th year anniversary of Hurricane Iniki; my perspective on remembering this day has changed. We could look at today as historically being tragic OR we can CHOOSE to look at the blessings that these days represent. Today I had the opportunity to talk to all my clients about their experiences on the day. I found that along with tragedy, there are reasons to celebrate and be grateful. Today I am especially grateful that my sister in Florida and her family got the gift of electricity. We often forget how lucky and blessed we are by the little things. We can't always control our situation, yet we have the power in changing the way we think about the situation. Instead of worrying about my sister not having electricity due to Hurricane Irma, I focused on being thankful that they were all safe, together and able to notify us that they were okay! What a blessing!
The unintentional theme throughout my sessions today was GRATITUDE.
In one session today, my client and I created a new game - gratitude ball. This client was excited to share a new game her teacher had taught them - silent ball. Where everyone had to be completely silent and see how many passes around the circle were completed (how brilliant is this teacher! What a great way to quiet down her classroom and work on cooperation and team building!) We put our own spin to the game and on every toss, we shared one thing we are grateful for. I used this theme of being grateful across all of my sessions today. For some clients - their homework is to end the night with identifying 3 things they are grateful for, to start a gratitude log or to share with their partner one reason they are grateful to have them in their life.
The hustle and bustle of life in itself can be a whirlwind and it is important that in the midst of chaos we take time to look at the bigger picture and pay homage to our blessings. We all have so many blessings in our life! What are you thankful for?