The Earth has awakened from the rest and recovery of winter, and for many spring has arrived.
For many increased daylight after work/school has led to enjoying outdoor activities or fresh air in the evenings. For others, their bodies and minds have awakened to the opportunities of renewal and fresh beginnings.
From my vantage point, two divergent things are commonly observed. My clients from the fall or winter are doing better, or have decreased the need to see me. Others are struggling with the forthcoming life transition: end of a school year, graduation, addition of a new family member, the end of a relationship, etc.
Whether you are on spring break, spring cleaning, in a period of reflection, or observing Lent- a new season is upon us.
What are you still holding onto from 2016?
What goals do you want to start in Q2?
What obstacles prevent you from progressing?
What supports do you need in this season of life?
For many young people, life has always been busy. It’s even been said that life was overscheduled as youngsters, perhaps a reaction to my generation’s childhood of latchkey kids and freedom like the kids from Stranger Things. For some that did not stop in college, whether it was continuing on with community service projects, joining a fraternity/sorority, playing a club sport, becoming “woke” to a number of political, societal or environmental concerns.
But what happens when you graduate, and you start working? What happened to those days when you could take a nap after your 9am class, what happened to those emails or sign up sheets for reading to the local elementary school kids, what happened to that weekly game of pick up, and friends who were always available to go out for a smoke, or make a late night run for food? Read the rest of this entry »
Signs that Summer Has Begun:
1. Memorial Day has passed
2. Swimming pools open
3. White pants come out of the closet
4. School years are ending or winding down
5. Invites to cookouts and weddings are filling up the calendar
The goodbye to spring, and hello to summer happens often suddenly, with not a lot of warning.
Signs You May Be Mourning a Change You Don’t Even Realize:
1. You finished 12th grade and will be leaving home to attend college
2. You just returned home to live with your parents
3. You are kissing your bachelor/bachelorette days goodbye in the coming weeks
4. You are transitioning to full-time childcare (grandkids) duty
5. You suddenly find yourself caring for an aging parent
As the calendar just flipped to June, I wonder what changes are you going through? What season of life are you entering?
While summer is a time to kick back and relax, the beginnings of summer may be an excellent time for reflection on what just ended, and what may lie ahead.
Signs Counseling May Be Useful as You Enter this New Season:
1. You’ve tried to just follow the sun in the past and it led you astray
2. You’d like to be more intentional as you close a chapter of life
3. You want to process the old/new chapter with a professional
4. You don’t want to repeat certain mistakes
5. You are filled with fear about what may be on the horizon