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One Hundred Years of Solitude

I recently bought this book in the original Spanish as a challenge to myself. I've been learning Spanish for about a year now, with the goal of being able to provide coaching and counseling services in that language. Yes, mental-health counseling! My big news is that I have reached the point in my counseling education where I am now seeing real clients. I love the site where I'm working, Life Source Affordable Counseling Services. It's a very friendly and supportive atmosphere, so I know I will feel safe not to know everything. affordablecounselingservices.org.

One of the things I have noticed in my practice so far is how difficult it is when people feel lonely. This is a season when many people are fixated on various holidays: Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year, Orthodox Christmas, Orthodox New Year... The pressures of wanting the holidays to be "perfect" and time with family to be stress-free can be overwhelming to some. Some people are also introverts, who struggle with the expectation to be social all the time and may find it difficult to get the time alone they need to recharge. And of course we cannot forget that the last 21 months have left some of us desperate for human connection, even as others have come to fear it.


All of which is to say, I see you. If you're struggling, reach out. If you know someone who struggles socially, give them a call or invite them over. Spare a thought for those who don't have a family to go to, and be someone's chosen family, if you can. Let this season be one in which we don't let presents and parties obscure the thing that makes the festivities meaningful, which is a sense of belonging and hope. I wish you all much joy this month, and every day of the year.





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