Today, my heart is full of gratitude as I think about the great part about being a therapist.
Love. Love is the great part. Teaching love, watching love, practicing love, believing love. These are all necessary to effective therapy. It is in misunderstood feelings that we teach love. It is in moments of sacrifice and forgiveness that we watch love. It is in painful circumstances that we practice love. And it is in desperate times that we believe love.
Love is the hardest and most rewarding work we humans can do. The work of love is not always rewarded immediately, and sometimes it takes years. In fact, we may not see the fruits of our love in our lifetime, but love is knowing that it still matters.
Love is not just a feeling; it is an act of the will; a verb.
Love is choosing to accept another’s reality even if you don’t understand, and still valuing your perspective at the same time.
Love is listening when you want to talk, and talking when you are scared to be known.
Love is keeping an open mind of what is best for another, and also trusting your truth.
Love is having boundaries for yourself without expectations of others.
Love is never present when you are angry and afraid.
Love is forgiving yourself so you can forgive others.
Love is a lifelong practice of not needing to be right.
Love is letting go of what you want and embracing what is; often, that is when they become the same thing.
In the end, love does win. It wins because it puts you in control of yourself and not in control of things beyond yourself. Every decision from love is a decision to live without anxiety about the things outside of our control.
Love is a big empowered exhale; it is letting go.
Dedicated to the amazing couple that is choosing love today. You both embody the practice of love and those around you will be forever changed for the better.
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