Early in my counseling career, I witnessed for the first time in my adult life, what I’m pretty sure constitutes child abuse. I was in line at Big Lots and a young woman got in line behind me. She had a little boy in the shopping cart who had been crying the whole time I was in the store. I’d say the boy was between 18 and 24 months old and I believed he may have had a cold since he had a raspy cry and his face was covered in snot. The woman began to tell the child “Shut. Up! Shut. Up! Shut. Up!” Each time she said the word “up,” she smacked him in the mouth with her hand--over and over. Not super hard; not like she was going to leave any marks, but still, this was a baby!
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I often get asked the question “How do you do it?” when people find out I am in graduate school, and work full time, and lead meditation groups, and see clients on nights and weekends, and have an 8-year-old child. I’m a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a student, a co-worker, a home-owner, etc. My answer to that question is usually along the lines of “I don’t know; I just do it.” But after hearing this question repeatedly over the last couple of years, it has made me wonder, how have I been doing it? Sometimes I question whether I am actually doing anything at all and if I fooling myself into thinking I am making it all work (I’m pretty sure I am making it work so far). So, I thought I could dive a little deeper into my answer to get some insight, and perhaps share something that might be of help to others who might be thinking about taking on a major life transition, but who might doubt their ability to make it happen.
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