There is nothing that can take you down the way grief does.
This is our family’s first Christmas without one of our sons. He was only 36 and passed away on April 1st this year. I’m sure there are many of you that also experience grief that is even more amplified as you try to navigate the holiday season without a person that you loved so much. You are in my heart.
There is nothing that can bring you back up the way gratitude does. We look for things, actions, and people that we are grateful for. These don’t have to be big things. The idea is to notice what you have been given to be thankful for, and remember that during the worst times, you can relieve some small part of the sadness by allowing those moments of happiness.
The science of positive psychology has proved that looking for things to be grateful for each day (shoot for three) can have a lasting impact and increase your overall sense of optimism. This works for people of any age.
I am so very grateful to the parents who entrust me to coach their children each year. I feel blessed to learn as much from the kids as I teach them.
I am thankful for the amazing co-facilitators and young adult assistants who give their time to help me support the social-emotional health of kids. I appreciate the referrals that my professional colleagues send here.
I am deeply thankful that in the midst of losing our center in 2020, that our farmhouse provided the perfect solution to continue the passionate mission that all kids find understanding, acceptance, and friends.
I am wishing you a peaceful and healthy holiday.