"You don't have to think about doing the right thing. If you're for the right thing, then you do it without thinking."
~ Maya Angelou

November 14, 2013

Vicariously Speaking...

by Daniel Jacob, MSW: Founder of Can You Hear Me?

Joshua Tree National Park 


Nice to be back with intention and purpose as my emotion to share is Vicariously Speaking...  I was able to get away for a few this past weekend as another opportunity to disconnect and breathe as I should.  It served me well as I found my pace slow down, allowing for that clarity and awareness that only comes with being in the "now" while being far removed from consumption and distraction.  It was self-care in its fullest effect and I was embracing it as I found my process to be immersed into available reflection, Vicariously Speaking...


My writing over the course of time has allowed me to model my process as it pertains to the work I have put forward to overcome, learn, grow and strive towards progress.  This has been a powerful opportunity as it has afforded a mutual process; support for myself and those who can hear me.  It's more than sharing what I've done or where I've been.  No, it's about choice, change, effort, and the learning that only comes with challenge and resilience.  It's about a social worker who has been exposed to suffering and pain (personally and professionally) who endured and prevailed, while continuing to learn and grow within his process.  


My writing, and the lens that has developed through this journey has afforded me with an opportunity to support and instruct.  The Can You Hear Me? model has its goal: To provide "YOU" with a vicarious experience that will empower and support, while helping you help yourself in the process!  So, when I was able to get away this past weekend I was once again given an opening to add to my work towards progress, while supporting my resilient being.  I was able to hold on to all that I have been challenged with, learned from, and now I find myself in a space and place that has me wholeheartedly walking with my head up and heart open.  I am well because of effort, choice and the change that comes with want, belief, and a level of commitment that resembles the opposite of a chore, Vicariously Speaking...


If you were able to observe from afar you might see one who is fully immersed into his process.  My fingers hit the keys as my heart and mind support another, and my emotion is in touch with the influence that I know can lift and inspire.  As I write I imagine for opportunity to reach and teach, while allowing for a moment where I might be that catalyst to help another pause, step back, and make a choice to better their circumstance.  I'm fully aware that it may require risk and uncertainty, but without that move, you will never experience the possibility of a better opportunity.  One that I know can move you closer towards the quality of life that you want...


So, as I close down my thoughts for the week, I project on to you my experience, one that has allowed me to embrace my own vulnerability in manner that has given me the flexibility and availability to live it and love it (life that is).  It is so much better and it's as possible for you as it was for myself.  Trust it, be a part of it and you will see, Vicariously Speaking...  Until the next time my words connect with your availability, may this find you breathing well!

 About Author

Daniel Jacob, MSW Email
Founder of Can You Hear Me? External Field Instructor at University of Southern California School of Social Work MSW@USC.  Daniel has a Masters in Social Work (Families and Children Practice/School Social Work).  He is currently nearing the completion of the LCSW testing process as he continues to work towards progress!  More about the man behind the mission⇢

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