Thank you, 2017

January 1, 2018

Just like any year, 2017 involved some ups and downs, but overall I am very grateful as I look back on it. There were some special days that I celebrated, some life-changing events that guided my journey and gave me more courage to pursue my goals, many other impeccable moments that happened in the right place at the right time, a few major breakthroughs in my life, and amazing revelations.

The experiences of past years, even if some of these were disappointing or difficult, were necessary for me to be able to enjoy this year. I was working on some of the same things for many years—it was like planting flowers in a garden. Finally, in 2017, I saw some of my flowers blossom. I have had a lot of blessings throughout my life, so I give thanks for everyone who has been genuinely kind to me on my journey.

You know how when you find somebody who you know is in touch with the truth, how you want to be in the presence of that person? (Fred Rogers)

I do know. I hope we all find those people and be in their presence often. This will help us lead the way ourselves. 

I also feel grateful for all the books and journal articles that I read or reread, for both my professional and my personal development. They have helped me work on becoming a more compassionate and open-minded person. It is healthy for all of us to keep reading and learning, every day through our whole life! 

People always like to ask me how long I have been doing counselling. I have been doing counselling work for 2 years now. My private practice got started about one year ago. In December of 2017, I had an opportunity to lease a more permanent office space—it was a good feeling to choose some furniture, which I assembled all by myself just before Christmas!

I love the hard beginnings of every story because without some challenges in life, we wouldn’t be able to appreciate the reward as much. I express my gratitude to everyone who has crossed my path, people who have believed in me so much, and my clients—they have made me a better person. Thank you for all the times you have sincerely said “thank you.” 

I promise myself that I will thoroughly savour the upcoming page of my life. There is still so much to learn, and there is still so much to improve on. There will be challenges down the road, but I believe that I can navigate my way through the wilderness, as I did in the past.

My wishes for the new year are: more patience and tolerance, more compassion and kindness, more courage and wisdom... I strive to be a person who would share all of these qualities, and to help others share their own. May we all radiate patience, tolerance, compassion, kindness, courage, and wisdom—in all directions!

May my little office space bless whoever enters, myself included.

May more creativity and dreams and healing happen in the little, cozy space.

May we all learn and grow and thrive.

In order to comfort others, to participate in the life of someone who is in deep grief, we need to know what it feels like to experience loss ourselves. (Amy Hollingsworth)

‘Blessed are they who mourn’… they give gifts to those with whom they choose to be in their mourning. And they also give gifts to themselves. (Fred Rogers)

Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendour, woven of love, by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there; the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. (Fra Giovanni)