I became a Social Worker because one day, standing in the hall of my digital imaging internship where I was doing animation for a homeschool curriculum, I felt the sudden clarity that I HAD to do something that directly helped others. I loved art, but I just couldn't see spending my career sitting in front of computer screens creating moving pictures, even if it did make me cool.
On the first day of graduate school, all the talk of social justice brought home to me that I was in the right place and was never going to be anything else.
Fifteen years later, I still love it. Nothing feels better to me than helping someone get free of something in some way and sending them onward. I am excited each day to wake up knowing I get to offer a healing space and a path of transformation for my clients. Now that I am adding clinical supervision and support for new Social Workers, my excitement is on a whole new level!
In a profession surrounded by scarcity, it is so easy to fall into scarcity-thinking. This energy is constricted, fear-based, helpless, and hopeless. We start believing we need to protect what we think is ours: our program, our clients, our skills, our know-how, our resources, our "territory." We take our ball and hide it in our cubicle or office.
But in this field of doing more and more with less and less, we need Social Workers with abundance mindsets now more than ever. An abundance mindset is simply living from the belief that there is enough to go around. When we believe this, we are open, we are generous, we take risks, and we share.
In this time of fear and scarcity, and Social Work force with an abundance mindset could serve up the stone soup we need right now.
We must first begin within ourselves and then with each other.
Where are you afraid? What are you guarding, worried that someone might take it if you gave it away? How might you support a colleague, cheer on an assistant, withhold gossip, share "insider" knowledge?
The more I lift up others, the more joy and passion I feel in my work, which hardly feels like work at all.
Let's lift one another up and see what miracle we might manifest!
You can do great work!
As a therapist, mother, daughter, partner, and seeker, I am always on the journey toward a more peaceful, authentic life. I hope to share knowledge, insights, and the ongoing unknowns I find along the path...