By Stu Jaffe, LICSW, Clinical Director
For the many of us on Facebook, Instagram, and related media sources, it’s fun to admire other people’s vacations and celebrations – however, it’s important to realize that these platforms are strongly biased toward showing the upside of life. If it seems that everyone but you is living a charmed life, please, do not trick yourself into believing that only you are living a life less than extraordinary.
Every human being that I have the pleasure of knowing experiences a broad range of emotions each day, some inspired, others less so. In the face of an unending stream of happy social media posts from everyone we know (and a few we may barely know) how do we remember that life for everyone includes pleasure AND pain, happiness AND sadness?
In my own life, I find these practices helpful:
I wish for each of you the opportunity to recognize and enjoy the blessings in your life, the ability to realistically manage challenges and the insight to understand that EVERYONE, no matter how extraordinary their life may seem, faces highs AND lows.
If you find yourself struggling to find the blessings in your life, a CJFS counselor may be able to help.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers from CJFS offer individual and family counseling for people of all ages.
CJFS proudly serves people of all religions, races and income levels.
To arrange a consultation, email Stu Jaffe, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 205-879-3438.