In just one week the theme of Healing has nudged its way into my life. In the grand tradition of Snippets, here’s how my week has gone:
1. I met with a nutritionist last Friday to get in front of a months-long struggle to get better control of blood sugar. Turns out that when one becomes Of A Certain Age, what has worked for decades suddenly shifts. The last six months have been about getting in front of that shift. And even though I know with certainty what foods to avoid and what foods to embrace, my pancreas and liver aren’t responding in the same way. This has caused some controlled chaos in my physical life. The nutritionist explained clearly and calmly what’s happening and what I can do about it. I’ve now got a plan for healing!
2. On Saturday I made a giant pot of my mother’s beef veggie soup. I grew up on this soup. It’s the most healing soup I know. I shared some with my neighbor, took a big container of it to my friend Marta & Don’s last night for Golden Globes, and just finished a large bowl for lunch. I also had it for breakfast, and for lunch yesterday, and dinner the night before. It’s the first time I’ve made it–my sisters are the keepers of the family recipes–and particularly with soup, I tend to improvise. I was thus somewhat astonished to discover that when I followed the recipe exactly, my soup tasted just like my mom’s!
3. I was deeply moved by Sarah Silverman’s compassion for a stranger who called her vulgar names on her Twitter feed. This is healing as an active verb.
4. I was also moved by the show of solidarity for the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes last night (Oprah ROCKS!) and the nascent hope that healing of sexual harrassment and abuse is underway, Yes, Hollywood privilege was on full display, but there was authenticity as well — the kind borne of lived experience.
5. I am in the middle of writing a curriculum for an on-line continuing education class for therapists–the one I taught “on the road” in about 120 American cities from 2006-2013. It’s a tedious and time-consuming task, but one well worth the trouble as I envision the many therapists who will have access to this information that has been dormant for some years. My overarching mission for this year and every year is to bring the healing art and science of journal writing to all who desire self-directed change and the helping professionals who serve them. This course is the next iteration of the mission.
If you have chosen a theme for your 2018 — how did it manifest in these opening days of the year? Tell us in the comments!