"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

December 27, 2013

Can You Hear Me?

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

A Social Worker for the Helping Professionals!
Can You Hear Me?  As I reflect on this past year, like many I am reminded of some challenges, as well as some opportunities.  I am able to see that I have learned and grown with both, and for that I am thankful that I was available to receive.  Isn't that what a large part of our days should include; the ability and opportunity to learn as we go, so that we can move one step closer towards adding to that work towards progress?  We can always over think the process and really get ourselves into a state, but even that may be necessary so that we can once again realize that often we hold the answers to our most challenged questions...  Can You Hear Me?

When I started this community of support I was empowered to do so as a result of overcoming a very intense physical and emotional break.  It was just the beginning, and as the days, weeks, months (and now years) have followed I am witness to a healthier self, and a much more evolved practice.  I reflect on this often, recognizing that choice, change, and unlimited opportunity are as available as I am!  I use this message frequently, not to fill space, but to plant that seed while sending it to those in need.  I imagine that for some, this time of year is nothing more than shutting down, numbing the pain, just trying to survive.  I get that... I've lived that...  Can You Hear Me?

If you're new to my story, may you know that what I choose to share comes with compassion, empathy, and the kind of support that can only be inspired by passion.   What I can do for you is nothing more than a opportunity to help you help yourself.  What you can choose to do for yourself has the potential to be life changing...  I have learned many valuable (and needed) lessons over time, ones that I honestly thought I had down.  It turns out that I had to take some classes over because I lost sight of some things.  To know others is smart.  To know yourself is wise.  The classroom is always open, whether or not you will be a student is yours to decide, Can You Hear Me?

I wish all of those that can hear me a healthy and joyful new year to come.  May this new beginning allow you to learn from today so that you can live in tomorrow.  May you be kind to yourself and others, embracing the idea that we are more similar than different.  No matter how many reasons you come up with that tell you not to, you only need one to begin.  As I end this process may you find yours, while embracing the vulnerability that you will need to confront in order to achieve that change you truly deserve.  I am the outcome that is possible, and if my words have not reached you...  They will always be where you can find them, when you are available to receive...  Can You Hear Me?

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⇢


  1. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year, Daniel. As always, I can hear you.

  2. Thank You Michelle! May the New Year find you (and yours) well as you strive to reach those in need...


  3. Hello Daniel, I just wanted to let you know that I've named you as a recipient of the Liebster award http://www.relandothompkins.com/2014/01/07/notes-from-an-aspiring-humanitarian-recieves-the-liebster-award/

    1. I appreciate the acknowledgement Relando! I look forward to learning more about this opportunity and seeing how this will support my efforts to empower and support my fellow helping professionals. May this find you well as you move forward in 2014...


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