Image disease…

I love my job…

I enjoy the interactions I have with people of all ages throughout a given day….

I enjoy conversations with my adoption families about transitions that continue to unfold even after years of bringing their child home….

I enjoy conversations with those who have lost loved one’s and are trying to navigate their grief journey….

I enjoy conversations with adult children who are trying to navigate caring for a parent or both parents in a way that addresses concerns and honor’s their parent’s desires….

I enjoy conversations with aging individuals who are striving to maintain their independence and are fearful of what might happen if they admit to new vulnerabilities….

As I think through these conversations, a common link that often surfaces is what I am starting to name as image disease. In the fear of what other’s might think, I see many who fail to live honestly with the circumstances that are facing them.

I wonder how our lives would be different if we recognized and name where image disease is influencing our thoughts and decisions….

I wonder what would change in our behaviors or choices if we were able to live honestly with what is real in our day-to-day…

Do you see glimpses of image disease in your life or in the lives of others who you care about…I invite you to start a conversation and explore how life could be different….

It is my hope that risking different just may prove very freeing! (but remember that sometimes freedom takes a little time and a lot of perseverance)