by Daniel Jacob, MSW: Founder of Can You Hear Me?
It's Possible! Ever heard that one before? As I reflected on what to share for this post I was reminded of a recent passage from another opportunity to learn through the eyes of another... The learning was not new information to me, but definitely information that we can easily lose sight of. The idea of possible thinking when we are challenged, overwhelmed, anxious and the emotion that comes along for the ride. Our culture, socialization, and the many examples that present themselves often promote that the way to get away from negative thinking is the opposite. However, often the positive way can increase one's worry and levels of stress when we find the outcome we want no where to be found. Therefore, instead of striving to be all or nothing, why not think in terms of It's Possible!
Sounds pretty simple when it's spelled out for us huh? Well, that's the truth in what often one can create when they find themselves consumed in a manner that will not promote clarity or awareness. I can truthfully share that I will continue to learn this lesson as I strive to be that work towards progress. Often, the need to slow down, assess the situation, accept and then act in the most supportive and honest way we are able to get to the idea that It's Possible!
Recently, I've had to direct my focus and attention on a single project that is both important and challenging. What comes with this effort is the kind of difficulty that sounds like "I need to get to this, but I just can't stop doing that..." Sound familiar? It's more than a need for time management here. It's about focus, negative thinking, worry and the impact we take on when the uncertain is just that. So, I found myself having to take a two week refresher course in how to manage (and cope) with my needs in a way that was going to support my wellness. I had to re-evaluate what was working versus what was not serving me well. I needed to keep working, trust my process and ultimately see the possibility within the difficulty!
I eventually found my way back and by preparing (doing the work) while striving to do my best, the rewards of opportunity have once again presented themselves. The teaching will always be there. However, the results will never come if you are not willing to put in the time (and effort) with trust as your guide. Until the next time my words meet your availability, as always may this find you breathing well...
Daniel Jacob, MSW Email
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⇢