By: Amy Maricle
There are times that I find myself sliding into complaining, kvetching, and finding faults. It’s an unhappy and unfriendly place, so when I wake up and realize where I am, I don’t feel proud. So I refocus. I focus on what everyone is doing right, seek out beauty all around me, and pause to appreciate these things instead of looking for what’s wrong. There’s an old saying that we find what we are looking for, and I know this to be true.
Having just hit the “reset button,” it seemed the perfect time to express my gratitude for you. Here on the blog, I have a platform to tell you things we don’t always have time for in the office.
I know how blessed I am to be a therapist and art therapist. Not everyone gets to do work that is so meaningful and real. I know that this is a privilege. Everyday you remind me of the power of humanity. You rise up and change right in front of me. You allow me to be a part of, and then witness to, your transformation. Because of you, I see how amazing people can be. There’s never a struggle for me to find the beauty in that.
What I admire most about you is your courage. You are courageous beyond your own estimation. Your willingness to take risks is astounding. What a gift you give me every time you step through the door. You show up. You come willing to try things you have never done before. Whether it’s a visualization to help you see how to stand up to your bossy coworker, role-playing ways to tell your boyfriend you’re leaving him, or picking up a paintbrush to express how you are feeling, I am awed by your ability to step into the unknown.
You cut things out that don’t belong.
You explore the darkness.
You learn to like your art even though you thought there was nothing about you to like.
You tell me things you never dared admit before.
You learn to take yourself more seriously, and not seriously at all.
You find ways to let go.
You trust me, and follow me over the ledge onto an invisible bridge, and we don’t fall.
You share. You take risks. You try. You learn.
And you transform.
Every day I have the honor of sitting across from you, pondering with you, and collaborating with you. Your life is better because of our work, but so is mine. I only hope that you know how courageous and powerful you really are. Thank you.
What are you grateful for? Do you find yourself lured by the seductive nature of complaining and fault finding at times? Tell us about it in the comments.