Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Therapist is Awesome!

I burned a stick of incense a few days ago.
I marveled at how it actually "burned up."
I'm still trying to learn the lesson from that...

Tonight, he listened to me pour out my sorrows.
My secrets.
My complaints.
My concerns.
My dreams.
My doubts.
My plans.
My perversions.

He asked great questions.
He provided solid suggestions.
He confirmed that I am on the right path.

And then he said: "Pain is inevitable; pain is a part of life.
But misery is optional.

My lips stopped moving. My thoughts did too.
I opened my journal to a clean sheet of paper and wrote it down.

He also said that the best thing I can do for my family is to take care of myself. To that end, I'm going away for the weekend with a few women friends.
To rest. To recover. To be refreshed.
To laugh. To sing. To dance.
To walk on the beach. To listen to the ocean.
To eat and drink and be very merry.
I am sooooooooooo looking forward to it.
And I need this break even more than that...


jmgb said...

oh, i can so relate!

i am meeting up with 'n' this weekend in san diego to do the same...prayers to you, can't wait to see how god moves in you.

Amy said...

We must get together. I think we are on such similar paths. I love what your therapist said about pain's being inevitable, but misery is optional ... so true (and quite often a big challenge)! Enjoy your retreat!

Lori said...

Hey Gail, Have a great time away. Heck if I knew that therapists recomended time away, I would have gotten one long time ago. LOL
Blessings to you.