You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me Psalm 139:16-18
Everybody has a story- a unique one. The King James translation of the earlier part of the passage above uses the poetic phrase, “fearfully and wonderfully made…”. Indeed, how amazing we are!
One of the things I often give to my clients as homework (I always give homework!), is to write in a journal about their thoughts and feelings. I do this for several reasons, based on the situation. For one thing, I have this counseling philosophy that we need to get things “out of here” (pointing to my head) and “out to here” (pointing to outside of our body). This is a way to take control of thoughts that seem to be out of control. Once we can externalize, we can find a way to manage things in our own creative ways.
For some this may well be writing, but for others, it may be painting, coloring, music, or a host of other creative outlets. The point is, once we express those thoughts and ideas, we can have a handle on them. We can name them, we can manage them.
As I said earlier, we all have a unique story which is worth sharing. Those journal stories, or artistic expressions can comprise a book or a portfolio of work which, taken together, becomes our story. I have had several clients come back to me with their book, usually self-published. That is an incredible outcome! They have redeemed the pain they experienced, and turned it into a product of their own creation- healing for them, and for those who view their work.
A few clients simply want the work to be private and never published, but it has become their story of healing. It has become tangible, written down, able to be passed down to children which I recommend if the client is willing to do that. Most are.
Our story is powerful and it is a chronicle of overcoming adversity, and of worthy achievement. I have been touched by so many stories of clients overcoming pain and abuse, and I have been privileged to have seen that work which clients have created.
I will speak more about this in coming reflections. Meanwhile, consider writing/expressing your story- it is good for mind and soul.
Prayer: Father, thank you for how you have made us as creative people able to express the value you have given us, Amen.