Thursday, September 24, 2009

Just Be

One of the most important things I've learned in my trainings & work is to just be - just be with my students. So many of us long for someone to recognize us - whether it's a smile or a glance. With children, it's easy to see this desire to be noticed. Children will reach out & touch us first. Sometimes, it's a hug or they'll hold our hand. They will also poke, make jokes, initiate antics -- all to be noticed. As we mature & move into the adult world, we bury this need for attention. The need is still there, though - to be seen - to be recognized - to be accepted. In my therapeutic work with students, I have found that being present is tremendous. It's a great gift to give & receive.