We are all longing for what’s ahead, whether for students it’s just making it to Spring Break, political candidates hoping they are winning the hearts of their constituents, women unveiling their pregnant bellies, flower buds close to coloring the landscape, families looking forward to Easter/Passover gatherings, retailers eagerly hoping the new spring hues will resonate with shopper’s eyes and wallets, college basketball teams that are on the “bubble,” the hope that this season could be the year, as Spring Training begins…
There is much hope in the air on the cusp of Spring.
Unfortunately, there are many reminders of hopelessness, whether it’s the most recent high school shooting in Ohio, or the trial in New Jersey where a college student took his own life. There may be families debating between topping off the gas tank, or buying ice cream; others debating whether a clinical trial is worth the risk. Or consider the high school junior now pondering whether a particular college is out of reach due to a recent report card. In these times, it is easy to think a situation is hopeless.
Much of my work is helping people find hope in hopeless situations, helping people build upon the hope that they are precariously standing on, or finding the embers and sparks of hope that a client may be overlooking. Hope is a universal belief that allows us to push through barriers, overcome adversity, and help us to endure knowing that “it gets better.”
Counseling is a place to find support and encouragement for hope to grow. Or it can be a place where the embers of hope are invigorated into something brighter and larger. As I tell my kid and teen clients, I’m not a mind reader, and I don’t have a magic wand, but we can work together to find solutions and hope.
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