Here is your weekly dose of Friday Focus, a list of what I’m enjoying, learning or pondering.
What I’m reading –
A dear friend of mine gave me a unique book the other day. “Seasons of the Slavic Soul: A quest for an Authentic Polish Spirituality.” This book is written by Claire M. Anderson. I am an adopted son. My dad’s parents came from Poland at the turn of the 20th century. It’s also believed that at least one of my biological parents were from Polish heritage. This book, less than 100 pages is written in seasons. And so I begin the book towards the end, on page 87, entitled, “A Season of Invocation: From early November to the Winter solstice.” So far, I’m getting a unique view of the richness and beauty of Polish Spirituality.
What I’m watching –
Over the past weekend, my wife and I saw the movie, “Same kind of different as me”. The movie is based on the New York Times bestseller by same name written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Overlooking the differences of another is not something we are doing a good job of in our current society. We are failing to see the pain, the hurt and the struggle that is hidden within so many of us. If we could go deeper and tend and befriend those who are different, we might encounter a connection that allows us to heal, grow and love more deeply. This movie touched me gently and in a profound way.
What’s inspiring me –
I’m inspired right now by the women (and men) who are daring to post the hashtag #MeToo on social media. It’s giving people a sense of the magnitude of the problem of sexual assault, harassment and abuse. As a mental health counselor, I am still in awe when one of my clients bravely shares her or his story of sexual abuse or assault. They often tell me of the relief they feel once the story is out in a confidential and safe place. Using the #MeToo hashtag gives people an opportunity to share their experiences (maybe for the very first time) without disclosing all the details of what happened to them. According to Rachel Goldsmith, LCSW-R, “It’s important that survivors are given choices to do what they want to and disclose when they choose to in their lives.”
Quote I’m pondering –
“The opposite of more is enough” ~ Wm Paul Young,
Sit with that and ponder its application for your life.
And as always, please let me know your requests and suggestions on Twitter. Which focus point above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Let me know. Just send a tweet to @daniel_jurek and put #FridayFocus in there so I can find it.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Peace and all good
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