My Ode to August (don’t expect any rhymes)
I love the month of August.
When summer has finally settled down to business
Winter’s bare spots in the lawn have filled in
And all around me is lush and green and ripe and in bloom.
By August the novelty of warm breezes has faded.
I take for granted that I can run outside without a jacket
Or that it’ll take a few hours after dinner to finally see the stars
And worst of all, the sun’s warmth on my bare skin no longer feels magical.
Here in Vermont August is a time for endings.
I empty the bird houses and collect the abandoned nests;
I weed my various beds for the last time
And cover them with a blanket of mulch.
But this year is different.
This year, August brings a new beginning
As I return to a profession I once loved
And left — to serve the call to Peace.
Yes, by the end of this month, I’ll have morphed back to Janet Givens, Certified Gestalt Psychotherapist. To celebrate, my posts throughout August will each have a connection to psychotherapy or theory: articles and stories that have meant a lot to me as a therapist, as a human being.
For that, to me, is what psychotherapy offers — a chance for us to be fully human. To be; fully.
Here are my plans for the month of August, my favorite month:
August 8 — I’ll honor Mariah Fenton Gladis, my mentor, colleague, and friend who died of ALS last month, 37 years after her diagnosis. You might remember I channeled her a few years ago while doing the ALS ice bucket challenge. All that she taught me continues to serve me every day. I’ll share some of what I’ve learned from her in her own words.
August 15 — I’ll introduce you to Arnold Beissner’s “The Paradoxical Theory of Change.” I believe you’ll be glad I did.
August 22 — I’ll share with you Gestalt’s “Cycle of Experience.” No moaning now; this is important stuff.
August 29 — Moving Forward: Taking a Look At Seventy. Yup; that’s my plan.
How about you? How’s your August shaping up for you?