I have noticed that people who have what they need are not always grateful for what they have been given. They often look at what they have as things they have earned just by being them. Or they have worked hard for everything that they have. The truth is that sometimes they have worked hard for what they have been given. Or they have been born into it, but, it can also easily be taken away. In the blink of an eye people have lost everything and been left with nothing. Being grateful for what you have lends to the fact that there is someone greater than yourself who has helped you attain what you have. You have not done it all by yourself. People who have little are usually grateful for everything they have because they realize how fast they can lose it. Gratitude is a healthy way to recognize that what you have is a gift, not a privilege. It is not something that everyone has and is something for which you should be thanking your God. Gratitude requires you being humble enough to acknowledge that there is someone greater than yourself who knows you exist and who you will return to when you leave this plain. Even if you don’t agree that there is anyone greater than yourself, you can still be grateful for what you have. It can be humbling, but, will eventually allow you to understand how quickly it can be gone. How quickly you can lose it. Being humble will mean letting of some hubris. Hubris is the downfall of a lot of things. Letting it go is a good thing. The following video will help you to do just that.
I became a therapist in an attempt to understand my own childhood and what happened there and how it made me who I am, exhibiting the behaviors that were not always positive, very often self-destructive. I used Art Therapy to help me understand things in my past that were stopping me from making better decisions in my present day. I used Behavioral Science to help me understand underlying causal factors, roots to the present day behaviors that I was seeing in myself. Both help me to change those behaviors/thoughts that were causing me to make self-destructive decisions that were causing pain in life. I have been a therapist since 1985 and have an undergraduate degree Art and behavioral science (double major) from the University of Maine. My graduate work was done at Marywood university and I have a degree in Art Therapy. I have certificates in Forensic Interviewing and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior therapy. I have 22 out of 30 credits toward a degree in Trauma Therapy from Drexel University. I started out as a Community Support Worker, Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor, Family therapist and Outpatient therapist. View all posts by dtoomey2015