When It Won't Go Away.

Today is July 1, 2020. I don’t know about you, but I thought COVID-19 would be a distant memory by now. I thought we would stay at home for a couple of weeks and re-emerge with the virus gone, returning to normal life with ease. This is far from reality. The reality we are seeing now is required face masks in public places, more cases than ever before being recorded, and continued uncertainty about how long this virus will be present in our lives. It isn’t going away. Instead, we are figuring out how to live with it.

Now that we have entered this bizarre time of returning to normal life, most of us are struggling with the reality of normal not being normal at all. We are struggling with wearing facial coverings everywhere we go (a clear reminder that this virus is still upon us). I continue to check the numbers every day of how many new cases are emerging and they are grim. I sigh and feel defeated in some ways. Being a therapist ...

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Only Love Can Do That.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
- Martin Luther King Jr. 

These words by Martin Luther King Jr. are just as relevant now while protests are happening all around the United States in the wake of George Floyd's killing as they were in 1957 when he first said them in a sermon. In 1967, 10 years later, the Beatles released "All You Need is Love." Love is needed now more than ever. But what exactly does that mean? And how do we get there to where love actually overrides hate? 

Some say love is a noun, others say it is a verb. It is a state of being and also an emotion. It is hard to capture everything it can mean and everything it can be. With what is happening right now in our country,  I see a lot of love, believe it or not. I see love in the peaceful, diverse protests taking place in major citie ...

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Hibernation.

Normally, I post a new blog post as close to the 1st of each month as I can. This month, I'm 12 days late. It's because I've been hibernating. Maybe you have, too. 

With all the changes that have come about in the world because of COVID-19 in the past few months, one change is fairly universal: we are all home more often. Even the people who are still working a full-time job at their place of work are home more often. No gyms. No movie theaters. No restaurants. No social gatherings. We are forced to spend more time at home occupying ourselves. For some people, this transition came easily while for others, it may have felt like torture to no longer go out like normal. No matter what, it's something we are not used to. 

Centuries ago, human beings used to "hibernate" in the winter months. That changed when the world become more industrialized. Businesses now keep their hours the same regardless of what time the sun ...

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