Dearest IE-CAMFT Colleagues,
As we move towards the close of another year, I find myself in a reflective state, contemplating the journey we've taken together over the past several months. I'd like to share a personal note that I believe resonates with many of us in these trying times.
Lately, I've been feeling the strain of trying to balance life's demands – a sentiment I'm sure is familiar to many of you. There are days when the scale tips, when the hours seem shorter, and the to-do list gets longer. It is in these moments, when exhaustion whispers that it's too much, that I am reminded of the profound impact of our work. This is not just a job; it is a calling that touches lives. Ours is a service that weaves hope into the fabric of society.
This month, let's pause and take stock of the good we've contributed to the world. When the burden becomes too heavy, let us remember the lives we've touched, the healing we've facilitated, and the silent victories we've witnessed. Our profession is not just important; it's essential, a beacon of hope in a landscape often clouded with strife.
And so, I invite you to join us next month at our annual holiday retreat. Let this be more than just a gathering; let it be a sanctuary where we can share in gratitude and find a moment of respite together. It's a time to recharge, to celebrate our shared dedication, and to lift each other in camaraderie and support.
Until then, take care of yourselves with the same compassion you pour into others. The world needs you, your talents, your empathy, and your strength.
With sincere appreciation,
Omar Gonzalez-Valentino, LMFT, LPCC