New to this forum. Taking this first post opportunity to declare my gratitude and awe of Anita and others like her who take the time to read, understand and formulate a compassionate response for those in need. Amazing and thank you.
In a way it is great that there are people, who contribute a lot! There may also be downsides. If a few people “dominate” some forum, others may feel discouraged to enter. I have quite a lot of experience of volunteer work (irl) and have seen that phenomenom there as well. The healthiest and most vibrant communities – both online and irl – have many, many contributors! 🙂 I am new here and wish that this would be such a place.
A friend of mine has several diplomas in healthcare and for the last 20 years she has been working with people with mental problems.
Some time ago she told me that she has begun to concentrate more deeply on her artistic endeavours and hopes to become a true artist – by that she means that she wishes to be able to earn her living by being an artist. (She makes music and writes.)
She told me that for a long time being a therapist made her feel good about herself – as if she was a “good person” being able to help. It took time to admit even to herself first (and later to others) that it also was a big part of her identity; thinking to be in a position where she could almost feel a little superior compared to her patients. (Possibly many never reach such an honesty about themselves.)
“As an artist I am a beginner and eager to learn and grow and don”t imagine that I know answers to anybody”s life.”
What a healthy shift of consciousness! 🙂
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