A Few Words of Great Advice

Several months ago, during a discussion about how upsetting the news is, one of my daughters recommended that I start watching the Ellen De Generous Show on a regular basis.  “It’s fun!” she said. ” I bet you’ll love it.” It sounded like a great suggestion, so I took her advice, and now Ellen’s show is a regular for Peter and I. We tape it daily and watch it a few nights a week. Last night we watched the episode with the USA Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team on. Watching and listening to those strong, accomplished, wholesome-looking young women was like gently pouring holy water through our minds where images of murdered teenagers, and passionate students marching for gun safety laws yet being met with the stubborn resistance of lawmakers were harbored. As I learned through many years of clinical work, and as Jon R. Conte, Ph.D. puts so well in the Foreward of  Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, ” we are stewards not only of those who allow us into their lives but of our own capacity to be helpful, and that a mindful and connected journey, both internally and externally, allows us to sustain the work.”  Or put even another way, like in the words of Sojourner Truth, “If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier.”

 

 

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