I am thoroughly enjoying Jan Richardson books lately. Richardson is an artist, poet and ordained minister. In her latest book, “Circle of Grace” I was struck by a poem entitled, A Blessing for Traveling in the Dark. Here is an excerpt:
That in the darkness
there be a blessing.
That in the shadows
there be a welcome.
That in the night
you be encompassed,
by the love that knows your name.”
This poem really moved me, but the last stanza was particularly comforting. As a therapist, I meet people in their darkest moments, and it can be gut-wrenching to hear stories of pain and witness the struggles of another human being. I often explain to my clients that I cannot offer all the answers, but I will shine a light to guide them as they take each step. Everyone’s path is unique, and my role is to provide the light when all they can see is misery and pain.
What makes a good therapist is the ability to be in the darkness with your client, and to continue to be a light for each patient as they navigate the healing process.
Find your light or be the light someone is in need of during their darkest times.
Karen Stabley, Art Therapy (ATR)
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