Now I am having a hard time believing that it was just a few weeks ago when I decided to make a trip to the grocery store for the first time since the “national emergency.” It was that moment when everything became “real” for me. The shelves in the store were actually empty. Another person shared with me his experience of going to get the test and how it became real for him. He described seeing the doctors in full blown PPE shoving the swab way up his nose. So, my question is what was it for you that flipped the switch into this new reality we share?
As a counselor working in the mental health field the reality is setting in for me that this is “the crisis of our day.” Ha, there I go with the air quote thing again, lol. The realization is coming to mind that we are all affected by this and that I have my own stuff to work through. In the near future I can imagine the same scenes coming up thousands of times in session and even more for a therapist that uses Action Methods, or Psychodrama. When I ask the client to set the scene and take me to where it all happened will it trigger something in me? That is why I have to be willing to do my own work, so that I will be able to guide others into the place that is hard for them to go to. But if there is to be any resolution we have to go there and come to peace with those parts of ourselves.
So my prayer for all wounded healers like myself is that GOD helps us to face our own anxieties, and make us to be instruments of your peace.