In therapy we can learn
In therapy we can learn to have more compassion for ourselves and trust our ability to reach out to others. We can experience wonder and depth of meaning about the love of self and recognizing, acknowledging, and nurturing the best in others. Everybody generally enjoys a good story, and the month of February often conjures up stories of love embedded in many memories. There are many ways to view love, to define it, to express it, to feel it, to think about it, and behave in caring ways. Many experiences are centered around the costs of love, its demands, its joys, its disappointments, its loses and its rewards. Even though Valentine’s Day is very commercialized, we can utilize this time to reflect on love in our own lives and what it means to us. We can look back on the significant people in our lives and think about those who mentored us, encouraged us to pursue our dreams in life, and who were there for us in difficult times. We can memorialize those who supported us, believed in us, and had high hopes for us, when perhaps we did not look that far ahead. Love certainly has its challenges. We seldom foresee the path that love takes us down and the the encounters that life brings to us. These times invite us to meet love’s demands calling us to selfsacrifice and generous giving to others. Life has a way of putting something before us to learn and to accept the reality of uncertainty and to be less rigid in our way of thinking and behaving toward others Love holds the hope that in partnership, in friendship, we can transcend the normal ordinary dealings of life—its irritations, its struggles, its boredom, its pains, its sorrows and its many disappointments. We can find ourselves: our character, our voice, our courage, and above all discover the love that make us better persons, truly making life a labor of love.