This past November I noticed a push for “daily thankfuls” on Facebook and other social media. A lot of the same things have come up: health, family, food, running water, etc. Some might call these things essentials, while reminding themselves not to take them for granted. As Thanksgiving has come and gone, the spirit of thankfulness can last through the winter season, or all year if you try. There are so many little things (and big things) to be thankful for, but I challenge you to find one thing that you may take for granted that someone right now does not have. Even better, think of something that you have that someone needs.
This is not a forum for politics. It is a webblog for services provided through Seattle Direct Counseling, which include compassionate therapy for people from all walks of life, culture, ethnicity, economic status, appearance, and sexual orientation. However, the following post intersects with the current political scene because of a plea by Fort Worth city councilman Joel Burns, who revealed personal elements of his own painful history with anti-gay bullying in the effort to send a message to young gay teens, “Life gets better.”
Joel Burns, “It Gets Better” (click on the link to view the video, until I embed the video)
The majority of recent teen suicides in America due to bullying have been either directly related to the teens being identified or perceived as being gay. In one case, the victim explained how bullies told him he should hang himself for being gay, and after enduring what seemed like an endless amount of emotional and physical brutality, he did just that.
Seattle Direct Counseling will always be a safe harbor for anyone who wishes to create their best life, despite the presence of bullying, pain, persecution, or loneliness that accompanies that path. No matter what your orientation, you are home – and safe – here.