About a month ago, I resigned to the fact that I’ll likely be doing online sessions for a while. I had been going to my office periodically to water my plants. I love my office and plants do too. A large sliding glass door lets in a lot of natural light and all the plants that I’ve brought there have thrived. When I went to water I was surprised and excited to see the new growth and them all looking wild and happy. My office is unlike my house, where I have two children, two dogs, and two cats. There’s decent light, but nothing like my office. Bringing plants into my home is like a death sentence – a random succulent or ivy will survive, but that is only because they’re the sturdiest of plants and they are put far from the reaches of children or critters who may hurt them.Last month I decided to bring these plants home. I felt like I was sentencing them to death. So, I found the best places in the house and hoped for the best – but expected the worst. Surprisingly within a week, two of my plants from my office had grown new leaves. How could that be possible? How could growth still happen when they’re being chomped by our newest puppy, didn’t have the best light, and just experienced a change in environment? It was exciting to see and the lesson wasn’t lost on me.
Frequently with clients they come to therapy struggling with something in their life – there can be a lot of pain and suffering. Something doesn’t feel right. Often someone may feel stuck and unable to make the changes they want in their life. However, I’ve found that even under these circumstances people can move through these difficulties and still grow!! Positive change can still happen even when we have the proverbial puppy chomping on us. It’s truly incredibly and helps remind me in my own life that when things feel difficult that growth is still possible and will happen – just be patient, be curious and compassionate.