I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
It has been months since I have found the time and inspiration to sit down and write again. Is this a reflection of the chaos around us? Is this a sign of the slow burn of exhaustion that we are all feeling from an ongoing pandemic? I am often amazed by the resilience that I observe in myself and others. It begins with a decision to just keep going despite the hurdles that appear to complicate our path. We all find strength in different ways. At the end of the day, I find mine by staying connected with colleagues in my field and in guiding and supporting families through all the different phases of their journeys.
I always find myself coming back to the concept of community when thinking about how and why we are capable of moving forward through difficult times. This word can mean many things to different people. But, on a basic level, a community is a group of people who share something in common. Why is this so important to my work and life?
More than ever before, I am experiencing just how vital a sense of community and connectedness are to my mind and body. I’m leaning into being vulnerable in order to learn more about myself and to connect more deeply with others. Sharing time in nature, forming meaningful connections with colleagues in my field, making memories with friends and family—through these experiences, like everyone, I continue to ride the waves of the pandemic and all its ups and downs. Canceled plans and Covid surges aside, I’ve continued to travel to visit programs. It’s truly inspiring to experience the learning and growth happening in our field and to be present with the faces behind it. Often I am fortunate to travel with colleagues that are also committed to furthering their expertise and gaining a deeper understanding of the work happening in our field.
I remain committed to deepening my knowledge of the resources available to meet the growing needs of our clients. This has involved better understanding every changing platform for insurance and school district funding, testing, and local resources for better supporting families . I have expanded my network with various coaching and mentor options for individuals needing a more hands on approach to support. While I cannot be an expert in all of these things, I have made it my mission to create a community with people who can be.
I look forward to connecting with everyone in 2022 and providing ongoing support to families in need. (I also appreciate the colleagues and families that have accepted my son’s face in the corner or a zoom session during these unpredictable times!)
Some days, it’s the small thank you note I receive from a client or a picture of a student smiling in treatment that keeps me going. But having colleagues to share this work with makes it all possible for me. And I have gratitude for the families that allow me to be part of their process on our shared mission of healing. I am grateful for you and for this community.